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A Conversation with Matt Billings of AYO Almondmilk Yogurt (Video)

If you’ve been looking for vegan or dairy-free alternative yogurt, you should look into AYO Almondmilk Yogurt. It gives you the same benefits of regular yogurt without the dairy.

I’m currently conducting a taste-test of their four flavors and found them quite tasty and interesting. So I invited Matt Billings, founder of the company, to chat with me on the Carma’s Cookery video podcast. Enjoy!

Matt Billings, Founder of AYO Almondmilk YogurtThe story of AYO begins in 1913 on the Billings family farm. Matt Billings says he’s the fourth generation to be in the family farming business. As a boy, Matt Billings had the best seat in the house: Riding around with his dad and grandfather in the family pickup truck, three generations of Billings exploring their fields. Life on the farm taught Matt that a good reputation requires a steadfast commitment to doing the right thing, even when it isn’t easy or popular. Now a father, farmer, and founder of AYO, Matt brings a passion for innovation, healthy living, and sustainability to the practice of farming almonds – a legacy he plans to pass down to his own children.

For Matt, being a good farmer means being a responsible steward of the land. He continually seeks creative ways to modernize and more thoughtfully use resources. He is working on tilling in the ground trees from older orchards before replanting. This approach will store carbon in the soil for the future thereby bringing his carbon footprint close to negative. His multi-generational relationship with the same beekeeper for pollination and his use of composts to feed good microorganisms in his soils and reduce the reliance on commercial fertilizers shows his eye is not on next year’s crop but the one his children haven’t harvested yet. It is these steps that build symbiotic relationships on the farm, partnering with nature to produce a higher quality almond and superior yogurt flavor.

Currently, AYO Almondmilk yogurt comes in four flavors:

  • Vanilla
  • Blueberry
  • Peach
  • Strawberry

It is made with organic almonds, vanilla, and fruit and is non-GMO and vegan. They are made in light, European style.

As soon as my taste test is complete, I’ll put a link to it here.

For more information about AYO Almondmilk Yogurt, visit them on the web at AYOyogurt.com.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.