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Arla Foods' All Natural Dairy Goodness

Dairy products are an important food group necessary to one's nutrition. I'm a sucker for dairy products like yogurt, milk, CHEESE (!!!) and other milk-based desserts. I usually start the day with a bowl of cereals and a hefty splash of milk, or just straight up drinking it out of the carton (LOL don't do that). You can see me munching on a slice of pizza with different kinds of stringy cheese and finishing it off with a pint of ice cream.

When I got an invite last week with the subject "Do you know where your dairy came from?" I realized that I really have no idea because I never bother to check the ingredients on my favorite dairy products' pack. Nowadays, it's difficult to find products that are natural, delicious and most of all, reliable. I'm glad I was introduced to Arla Foods because now, I have a better option for my favorite dairy treats.

Different appetizers showcasing Arla Foods' different types of cheese. Everything was yummy!
We were all served a glass of their all natural milk. Definitely adding this to my grocery list!
Why choose Arla Foods?

1. Farmer-owned.

Arla Foods is the world’s largest multinational farmer-owned organicairy company, which has become the company's strength. “That means we govern the whole value chain – from the raw milk, to the transportation, and production facilities. “We have 100% control of raw material we use,” shares Jens Christian Krog, Arla Foods Senior General Manager for Philippines, Vietnam & Thailand. This not only substantiates Arla’s 100% all-natural claim, it also enables them to consistently optimize and develop farming methods, while securing high standards.

2. Safety guaranteed.

Arla’s farmer-owned structure ensures that consumers can count on the fact that all their products are traceable and bring food safety. All farms have a number that accompanies all records and analyses from tanker to dairy. Not only does this guarantee transparency, it also allows us to trace the milk all the way back to the farms, should there be any cause for concerns. "We find that simple isn’t necessarily easy," shares Jens. "Creating great natural-tasting products takes innovation and skill - but not many ingredients. Arla is known for going that extra mile."

The secret to Arla's natural goodness lies in the company’s belief that quality starts by having access to the best raw material, their world class, hormone-free milk. This is brought even further with the brand’s quality assurance method called Arlagaarden (pronounced as Arla-Gon; garden, meaning farm). The four Arlagaarden cornerstones are: ensuring that milk composition is perfectly balanced and that freshness is preserved, implementing a high level of hygiene to keep offering consumers food safety in every product, striving to improve animal welfare through optimal care and animal-friendly environments, and protecting the environment.

3. All natural.

Arla's new lines of dairy products are made from 100% natural milk obtained straight from the cows cared for by its farmers. “Our happy cows produce happy milk – and our happy milk is used for our Arla Natural Goodness range, a range that doesn’t have stabilizers, additives, preservatives, colorants or any artificial flavor,” Jens adds.

Moreover, the cows from Arla are cared for by knowledgeable staff and are inspected on a daily basis. Arla farmers are prohibited to use hormones to boost growth or milk yield. They not only contribute to providing healthy and natural food, they also do it more and more sustainably. With Arlagaarden, the dairy cooperative sets the bar higher beyond even the already stringent EU regulations in terms of environmental impact of farming, animal welfare, food safety & traceability.

The Arla Natural Goodness Line of Products

1. Arla Milk Goodness

The Arla Milk Goodness line is all-natural and not reconstituted like most of the milk in the shelves today. The milk delivered straight from the farm undergoes ultra-heat treatment, which kills any microbiological organisms, ensuring safety in every drop and allowing all Arla Milk Goodness variants to have a 12-month shelf life. A naturally good source of nutrition for the whole family, it has all the natural goodness, vitamins, and minerals of fresh cow’s milk squeezed into one tasty pack. A mouthful of Arla milk has calcium that strengthens bones and teeth, and protein for boosting growth and maintaining a strong body.

2. Arla Natural Cheese Slices

My favorite is the emmental cheese! <3
Arla Natural Cheese Slices come in a variety of flavors Filipino families are sure to love. Cheese starters will want to enjoy Arla Natural Gouda Slices, the only gouda in the market with no added preservatives, colorants, or additives. Its mild and sweet flavor makes for a light snack that pairs well with bread or for flavoring a meal. A nice addition to your household cheese board is Arla’s Natural Mozzarella Slices. With a signature stretch and a creamy yogurt-aromatic taste, it’s the brand’s recommended cheese for homemade pizza pan de sal, grilled cheese sandwiches, and other sandwiches made better with melted mozzarella.

Produced in AllgaĆ¼, Germany's premier cheese-making region (AllgaĆ¼ is to Emmental as what Parma is to ham), Arla’s Natural Emmental Slices gives off that aromatic nutty flavor that’s also delicately spicy in taste. Use it in packing your children’s sandwiches for school and watch them come home with a smile. Lastly, Arla’s Natural Havarti Slices, the brand’s banner product, is a cheese based on a Danish recipe by Hanne Nielsen that dates back to the 1870’s. Arla takes pride in being the world’s biggest producer of the mild and very creamy Havarti cheese.

3. Arla Natural Cream Cheese

Arla’s Natural Cream Cheese line is filled hot into its tubs and sealed instantly to preserve that 100% no-preservative, no-additive, no-stabilizer, all-natural goodness. From casual get-togethers to afternoon snacks, Arla’s Herbs and Spice Cream Cheese adds that extra oomph to your cooking’s flavor. Arla’s Lacto-Free Natural Cream Cheese variant brings in the full flavor of regular plain cream cheese, but without the milk sugar. This makes it easy for lactose intolerant family members to enjoy Arla’s natural cream cheese goodness. Arla’s Natural Light Cream Cheese variant contains the same full flavor but with less fat, perfect for weight-watching eaters. Enjoy the flavor of Arla’s Natural Cream Cheese line minus the additives and preservatives that most cream cheeses have in the market today.

Last but not the least, Filipinos will want to dip into a blend of sweetness and acidity with Arla’s Pineapple Cream Cheese *heart heart* The variant that rated highest in Filipino taste tests conducted by the brand, Pineapple cream cheese is sure to make waves in the landscape of Pinoy desserts. More than that, it can also serve as a delicious spread that’s a lot more natural and free from additives, preservatives, and colorants than most jams, marmalades and peanut butters in the market today.

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcake by Chef China Cojuangco
Potato Cheese Balls by Chef Gino Gonzalez
We were also able to sample these creations by Chef Gino Gonzalez and Chef China Cojuangco-Gonzalez which are made with Arla dairy products. The potato cheese balls were so good. I thought it would taste just like the ordinary ones but the texture was just perfect and the flavors were on point. The pineapple upside down cupcake was a sweet surprise because of the perfect burst of pineapple flavor, not too overwhelming and not too sweet. I'm looking forward to making the potato cheese balls at home! (If you want the recipe, just leave a comment!) There were also concessionaires present (Bo's Coffee, Starr's Famous Shakes and Fog City Creamery) that served guests treats that utilize Arla dairy products.

It's never too late to make change. Since I am now informed about the pros of 100% natural dairy products, I'm going Arla all the way! Whether you're a mom, a food advocate, a chef, a health enthusiast or just a curious Jane like me, I'm sure all these Arla products will be great for you!

The launch of Arla’s Natural Goodness range last October 15 at Skye Lounge was graced by a star-studded cast of Arla principles and influencers. On photo are: Model, TV personality, and mother of 3, Amanda Griffin-Jacob; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark to the Philippines, Jan Top Christensen; Arla Foods' Senior General Manager for Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, Jens Christian Krog Nielsen; General Manager for ScanAsia Overseas, Inc., Raymund William Acedera; Co-owner of the blog, The Gypsetters, and contributing writer for Travel+Leisure South East Asia, Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi; Zumba fitness instructor, blogger and founder of Healthjunkie.ph, Tonette Nicolas; Executive Chef at Chef Ysabel, Buenisimo and Chef Gino's Gourmet, and the Director and Head Instructor of Center for Asian Culinary Studies, Gino Gonzalez; Health and fitness consultant and coach and player for the Philippine Volcanoes and Philippines' National Rugby Team, Chris Everingham; and tourism ambassador, food advocate, and Ministry of Mushrooms co-founder, Marco Lobregat.