Matt Billings Continues to Expand On a 100-Year Legacy of Almond Farming
Armed with a lifetime of lessons learned growing up on the family farm, Matt Billings effectively navigates his team through a tumultuous economic season without sacrificing sustainability
DELANO, Calif. – (October 29th, 2020): In the midst of a pandemic that has affected nearly every business sector, AYO Almondmilk Yogurt Founder, Matt Billings carries on a 100-year family farming legacy built on an unwavering commitment to sustainable values. Through carefully planned vertical integration, Billings oversees every step of the “farm-to-spoon” process behind AYO Almondmilk Yogurt, transforming his orchard-grown almonds into a clean, dairy-free snack that is farmed, crafted, and cultured in Southern California. During this tumultuous economic season, the experienced almond farmer and father of three has successfully steered his brand in the right direction – even expanding into new markets – thanks to an industry-leading approach that draws on a lifetime of lessons learned on the family farm.
“Growing up in agriculture has given me a tremendous appreciation for nature, the seasonal rhythm of life, healthy nutritious food, and the importance of lifelong friendships,” explains Billings. “Supported by new technology, these guiding principles steer the innovation of our farming techniques and help us improve the quality of our crop as we care for this land for generations to come.”
Farmers are our future, and Matt Billings looks to his family’s past – a historical lineage of more than a century spent working the land he calls home – for guidance toward making it more sustainable. Relying on a close-knit team who share his commitment to doing the right thing (even when it isn’t easy or popular), the creator of AYO and its clean, simple ingredients seeks to be a responsible steward of all natural resources. He does this by making organic agriculture more than just a buzzword.
Billings will be the first to tell you: without bees, there would be no almonds. Bees are the powerful pollinators that keep an orchard producing. To keep them happy and healthy, the same beekeeper who began promoting the prosperity of these inspirational insects 20 years ago is still advising the family-run brand today.
In addition to healthy pollination, trees need water. With environmental impact in mind, Billings sources the majority of it from snowmelt and rain. Abiding by the state of California’s rigorous rules and regulations, the AYO team also cultivates in a sustainable irrigation basin, reducing the amount of additional water necessary. All of this results in a hardier almond for a more delicious AYO flavor and clean, farm-to-spoon snack consumers can trust.
With a reliable, vertically integrated system already in place, Billings brings his passion for almond farming to the task of building a quality direct-to-consumer brand that is on-trend with what consumers want: a dairy alternative with a great nutritional profile. Today, a quality work ethic and sustainability mindset inform the making of rich, creamy, impressively flavorful AYO Almondmilk Yogurt. High in fiber, brimming with vegan live active cultures, and naturally infused with organic fruit (plus less sugar than most yogurt varieties), AYO is the ideal choice for lactose-free, plant-based, and health-conscious consumers.
Shop AYO Almondmilk Yogurt at select stores, including Ralph’s, Bristol Farms, Lassens, and independent supermarkets throughout Southern California. Browse the collection online at ayoyogurt.com, and find complete nutrition information, along with the 100-year family farming legacy behind every creamy cup. Also, discover a selection of mouth watering recipes featuring AYO Almondmilk Yogurt.
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About AYO Almondmilk Yogurt:
“From farm to spoon, from us to you,” AYO Almondmilk Yogurt is the only non-dairy yogurt crafted using organic almonds produced by fourth-generation farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Run for more than 100 years by the Billings family, Billings Ranches is committed to forward-thinking practices of sustainability, traceability, and vertical integration, which nourish the land they are proud to call home. In new AYO Almondmilk Yogurt, lightly-toasted almond flavor is enriched with live active cultures to produce a probiotic-rich, vegan treat the whole family will love. Download a coupon, and find a store near you at ayoyogurt.com.