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Biodynamic Grain Milk Comes to the US

November 17, 2010

By Robert Karp, BDA Executive Director

Flowform used in Graindrops production

For the last 18 months, the Association has been helping an exciting new biodynamic food company called Graindrops, LLC make connections and get a footing in the US.

Once the company begins operations, Graindrops will produce delicious beverages with extraordinary nutritional characteristics from the seven classical grains. The products will be produced using a proprietary artisanal culturing method based on the 1,000-year-old Japanese koji fermentation technology. Pristine spring water energized and vitalized by a system of Flowforms created by the British anthroposophist and inventor John Wilkes are also a key ingredient.

Graindrops was developed in Europe between 2000 and 2003 by Susanne and Torodd Lien and a group of anthroposophical researchers. The products have amazing nutritional characteristics and have revealed remarkable vitality in chromatography testing in Europe. Dr. Petra Kuhne, a leading anthroposophical nutritionist in Europe, has written a book about the significance of the Graindrops products.

In Europe, Graindrops was 100% Demeter/Biodynamic — the first Biodynamic grain milks in the world. The first generation of these exciting new products in the US will have 25-35% Demeter content. Step by step the biodynamic part will be expanded as they work with biodynamic farmers to build up a supply chain of grains and other ingredients. Within 2-3 years the products will be 100% biodynamic, helping to bring Demeter-certified food products onto the shelves of natural foods co-ops and supermarkets across the US.

Based on their European prototypes and proprietary production method, Graindrops has reached agreements with Whole Foods and Organic Valley, who will both play a role in the launch into the US marketplace.

Inside the Koji cultivator

First production batch

Graindrops wants to be an active part of the biodynamic community and has already agreed that a portion of their future profits will go to support the research and educational work of the Biodynamic Association.

Graindrops is not yet in production for the US market; they are currently seeking additional investors to help launch in the US.

They are also seeking to make contact with biodynamic farmers who are interested in growing grains for them.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at the Graindrops project and could consider being a financial partner or grain supplier, please contact:

Susanne and Torodd Lien
Office: 404-968-9094
Cell: 404-966-5196

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    November 18, 2010 3:44 am

    Where can you get these products in the UK please? I live in Europe and have never heard of them here.

    • Susanne permalink
      November 22, 2010 2:06 pm

      It could be some years before the products are in the UK and Europe again – two to three at least. We must first come on to the US market and be successful here. But we would certainly like to keep you abreast if you let us know how we can contact you.

  2. A. Mall permalink
    November 24, 2010 7:51 am

    Eden Foods in Michigan is well situated to be a partner or investor for the grainmilk, I wonder if they would be interested.
    Looking forward to this welcome news as a person who is restricted from casein in the diet.

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