our story

We've long been working on building a legacy for our family.  One that meant the quality and principles we believed in -- natural, minimally-processed food that was good for you. 

Cascade Fresh was a Pacific Northwest company that produced some of the finest yogurt on the planet. So when Cascade Fresh left the market, we knew it was before its time and there was plenty of life left in this beloved brand. 
So we pooled our resources and found an overwhelming support for the product.  At the same time, the market was shifting.  There was a new emphasis on healthy eating that became mainstream.  Thankfully, we were in a position to earn a place in this market and with a ton of probiotic research and support from friends, we assembled a combination of taste and health.  Our mission was to keep ourselves and others healthy, so that is our mission statement -- yogurt crafted for your health.    Thank you for your support.  It means a lot.  

We may not get it all right the first time.  We debate over things like whether to deliver lowfat or whole milk as our line, where to source our blueberries, whether a hummingbird on our package makes sense, which certifications to invest in and which to wait for. But, we hope you'll take this journey with us and keep in touch.

-The Fuehrs, Issaquah, WA

 
 
 

Our roots

Cascade Fresh was founded over 30 years ago by a local Seattle family and sadly, the business was retired in 2014 before its time. 

Many meticulous choices were made over those years to attain the taste, texture, and mouth feel you experience in today's cup. What makes this yogurt so unique is that each serving is cultured right in the cup.

This is not bulk, vat-made, gelatinous yogurt, this is artisan, handcrafted, slowly cultured yogurt that preserves all eight of its health-enhancing probiotics.  Not only is it always been delicious, but it has been deliciously good for generations.  


our Cultures

In 1982, a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and a yogurt maker sat fireside to discuss which mix of cultures was optimal for health.  This meeting resulted in the contents you see today.  With over 120 BILLION cultures (CFUs or colony-forming units for you techies) in every cup, we are among the top sources of probiotics on the market today. 

Active8 Cultures were given a name because our eight yogurt cultures are special. Not only are there more of them, but they come from a thoughtfully-considered array of probiotics that are designed to work at various parts of the digestive system. The cultures are gently handled and grow in every cup.

 

 

EXCITING TIMES FOR PRoBIOTICS

It's surprising that the largest number of cells in our body aren't our own, but our gut bacteria! We contain about 30 trillion human cells and 39 trillion bacteria* in our bodies.   

So, it's a good idea to be proactive about which, how many and when.  We call this concept being "prosilient" -- keeping your microbiota ("flora") diverse and healthy by continuously introducing healthy bacteria, especially after a round of antibiotics.  Many believe that no single culture is the lynch pin, but a diverse spectrum of cultures is what to strive for in your microbiome.  

In 2015 I met Dr. David Perlmutter who also refers to the many benefits of probiotics in yogurt in his book,  Brain Maker.

Among his findings you'll read in his book, L. acidophilus, and other yogurt cultures: 

  • Aid the immune system by keeping the balance of good vs. bad bacteria in check. 
  • In women, helps curb the growth of Candida albicans, a fungus that can cause yeast infections.
  • Maintains cholesterol levels
  • in the small intestine, produces substances that combat pathogenic microbes.
  • It also manufactures lactase, which is needed to digest milk and vitamin K which promotes healthy coagulation of blood. 

We recently presented at the global Probiotics Summit where our company president, Kris Fuehr was invited to speak about "Functional Foods".  There, she met over 20 Drs, PhDs and researchers presented results from their recent work investigating the positive effects of probiotics on health.  If you'd like a copy of the presentation, please contact us. 

Recent News about gut health

ABC News
Can the bacteria in our gut really influence our mental health? A growing number of scientists say yes—and they're warning us not to ignore digestive issues any more. Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis explore the intricate relationship between the gut microbiome and the brain.
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We are looking into several factors affected by probiotics

We are looking into findings related to: 

  • Women's health
  • Aging
  • Mood
  • Metabolism
  • Bone health
  • Children's health
  • and more...

Clinical Guide to Probiotic Supplements

While this guide helps you locate capsule supplements, the attached grid and app are helpful to identify cultures associated with various findings.  Many of these same cultures are found in yogurt.  http://www.probioticchart.ca/

*2016 research by Ron Milo and Ron Sender at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, and Shai Fuchs at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.


A little FAQ

Cascade Fresh is a brand based in Issaquah, WA. We use berries from the Skagit Valley and due to our specialized production techniques, our yogurt is produced by craftsmen in Willows, CA. 

Below are some questions we get from customers and grocers.  If you'd like us to add one, let us know (click on Contact). 

Why did Cascade Fresh go away?

As a family-owned brand, the previous owner chose to retire when production costs skyrocketed at the same time a family illness struck.  Many people flooded the internet with comments about missing the product so we reintroduced it. 

When will it be available in my area?

There are many markets that have not yet seen Cascade Culture return yet.  As a new family-owned brand, our plan is to roll out the yogurt in the Washington and Oregon first with limited distributions to strategic partnerships in a few other areas.  If the demand supports it, we will gradually expand to other areas.  Meanwhile, requesting it from your grocer helps accelerate us.  (or, if you visit Seattle, come get a cup or two at Pike Place Market at the Pike Place Creamery!) 

How is Cascade Culture different? 

Cascade Culture has an optimal probiotic profile and billions of live, active cultures in every cup with EIGHT selected cultures that make it not only good for you, but give it a unique, fresh taste.   WIth no cane or artificial sugars, it is sweetened only with fruit juice.

Is Cascade Culture organic? 

Cascade Culture is not currently classified as an organic product because the fruit juice that we use to sweeten, were it organic, would make our product very very expensive.  We work with responsible suppliers and humanely-treated cattle for our milk sources, however. 

Is Cascade Culture Non-GMO certified?

At this time, we are evaluating the non-GMO certification.  GMOs are a complicated issue that we'd like to take time to fully understand.  We know that this issue is important to many consumers and the media, but we believe that the classification of GMOs requires additional study and we are following the issue closely.