BEST OF THE WEST: YEO VALLEY, YOSSI FOODS AND AARDMAN STUDIOS

Welcome back to Best of the West! As per usual we’ve highlighted three businesses who’ve caught our eye for doing something great.

This time we mention a brand you probably have sitting in your fridge right now, one you’ll want in your fridge as soon as you hear of it and a studio working on something seriously important.

Yeo Valley

Family-owned dairy giant Yeo Valley is now a household name, but would you believe it had humble beginnings in a valley just down the road from us?

Timothy Mead took over the farm from his father in 1990. He then properly began making yoghurt after there was a lack of demand for organic milk.  Today, they’re the largest organic business in the UK, fulfilling our appetite for 2,000 tons of yoghurt each year.

After profits grew again last year for the Somerset-based company, it looks like they’re continuing to catch our attention on the supermarket shelves

As of January, they’re going to be even more eye-catching, however, with limited edition artist packaging. You can expect to see it on the release of their Baobab and Vanilla yoghurt.

baobab and vanilla yoghurt

Baobab is a fairly unknown superfood grown on pods on odd looking trees in Africa, but it has a subtle citrus flavour which matches perfectly with vanilla.

We’ve got spoons at the ready for the first pot we spy.

Yossi Foods

Yossi makes the highest quality falafel in the nation, but we’re lucky enough to have them in our neighbouring city of Bristol.

The brand’s creator, Yossi Nassim, and his wife produce the hand-perfected mix from scratch every day. Using chickpeas that they soak overnight, opposed to tinned, means they don’t add any preservatives to their food.

The falafels come in original or gluten-free and are as delicious on their own as they are in a salad or wrap.

falafel gluten free and original

Now, after an exciting win as Small Producer of the Year back in November, they’ve now caught the attention of Co-op Food. The supermarket will start selling Yossi this year, so keep your eyes peeled!

They’re a delicious vegan option, so it could help if you’re actually keeping that resolution to be healthy this year.

Aardman Studios

You know them for loveable clay characters Wallace & Gromit, or perhaps any of their other films that hit the highest grossing stop-motion animations. Ever.

They’ve captured the hearts of children and adults and made us cry with laughter more than a few times. This year they’ve stepped into a different digital realm and made something a little more serious.

Partnering with NSPCC, Aardman have created a mobile game to tackle the issue of sexual abuse against children.

pantosaurus mobile game

The dinosaur mascot Pantosaurus challenges children to games like basketball and swimming for the chance to win prizes. In between games, however, there’s reminders of the PANTS rule which aims to teach them how to stay safe.

Fun, colourful animation entertains, but it also highlights a topic parents might not know how to address.

They’ve also hit our big screens again with the release of Early Man. In their classic clay stop-motion style it’s described as a ‘prehistoric comedy-adventure’.

We’re eyeing up tickets now.

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