MORTON GROVE, Ill., Oct 03, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc., (LWAY) , makers of a nutritious, probiotic dairy beverage called Kefir, announced today for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007, total consolidated sales increased 32% to approximately $9,820,000 from $7,457,000 during the same period a year ago. This increase in sales was driven by another strong sales increase of Lifeway's Kefir line of 28% and the remainder coming from the sales of the Helios Kefir line and Pride of Main Street's milk line. The Helios brand Kefir line, which had sales of approximately $1.183 million in the third quarter 2007, grew about 9% from the same quarter in 2006.
Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway's CEO, commented, "The third quarter 2007 was another outstanding quarter for Lifeway Foods. Both of our main brands, the Lifeway and Helios Kefir lines, had their best quarters in terms of revenues ever. We are seeing that Kefir continues to grow in popularity and expect that the fourth quarter will be our strongest ever."
About Lifeway Foods
Lifeway, recently named Fortune Small Business' 97th Fastest Growing Small Business, and one of only 4 companies to ever be named to the list four straight years in a row, is America's leading supplier of the cultured dairy product known as Kefir, and now America's only supplier of Organic Kefir. Lifeway Kefir is a dairy beverage that contains Lifeway's exclusive 10 Live and Active probiotic cultures. While most regular yogurt only contains two or three of these "friendly" cultures, Lifeway Kefir products offer more nutritional benefits. Lifeway offers 12 different flavors of its Kefir beverage, Organic Kefir and SoyTreat (a soy based Kefir). Lifeway recently introduced a series of innovative new products such as Pomegranate Kefir, Greek-style Kefir, a children's line of organic Kefir products called ProBugs (TM) in a no-spill pouch in kid-friendly flavors like Orange Creamy Crawler and Sublime Slime Lime, and a line of organic whole milk Kefir. Lifeway also produces a line of products marketed in US Hispanic communities, called La Fruta, Drinkable Yogurt (yogurt drinks distinct from Kefir). In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of cheese products and recently introduced a line of organic pudding called It's Pudding!.
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