Sierra Nevada Cheese Co., Willow, Calif., introduced a line called Cultured Classics, which includes old-fashioned cream cheeses (organic and regular) and creamed kefir.

The line consists of:

  • Crème Fraîche: rich in fat (40%) and cultured to a slightly nutty tangy flavor, it's descibed as ideal for cooking.
  • Organic old-fashioned cream cheese: locally-sourced, and made with just vat-cultured milk, cream and salt.
  • Crème Kefir (Labne): a thick and creamy cultured dairy product, known for being a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Old-fashioned cream cheese: available in original plain and garlic & herbs flavor.

All the products are available in 8-ounce tubs, and 2-pound tubs and 24-pound buckets (special order only). The 8-ounce tubs of cream cheese are sold for a suggested retail price of $3.99 to $4.99, the 8-ounce tub of creamed kefir retails for $2.99 to $3.49, the 8-ounce Crème Fraîche retails for $4.99. The cultured products are available nationwide at certain retailers, like Sprouts, natural grocers, Food City, Northern California Safeway's.

The cream cheeses are made with no gums, stabilizers or preservatives, and its kefir is made with 10 probiotic cultures. The company gets its milk and cream from local Northern California dairy farmers, guaranteed free from synthetic hormones, according to the company. And its organic dairy partners achieve American Humane Association animal welfare standards, said the company.

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