Plant-based yogurt startup Lavva is way more than meets the eye. With just seven whole food ingredients and no stabilizers, the probiotic- and prebiotic-rich formula have set it apart from other non-dairy yogurts on the market. But simple is often way more difficult.
Each of its ingredients have required reinventing and rethinking supply chains– from timing plantain growth to ensure its prebiotic qualities to partnering with a co-manufacturer to produce its organic and sugar-free fruit purees. The company invested in creating an entirely new supply chain for pili nuts, a wild nut grown in tropical volcanic soil, by establishing a 200-farmer cooperative in the Philippines. In addition to its East Coast co-packer, Lavva has built its own dedicated facility on the West Coast built with its formulas in mind. It is currently developing the first exclusively non-dairy co-packer in the United States.
Executive chairman Victor E. Friedberg joined us at our Rethinking CPG Meetup this past August to speak about the company’s business strategies and burgeoning projects in the co-manufacturing space.
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Author: Phoebe Tran