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Jul 16, 2016

Julie Smolyansky talks about high-protein kefir. She also shares her inspirational story about using technology and innovation to improve her probiotic range.

Lifeway Foods started in the basement of a family home selling a 150-year-old Eastern European cheese delicacy to Chicago area Russian immigrants. Some years later and following the untimely death of founder Mike Smolyansky, his then 25-year-old daughter, Julie, took over the business and a dramatic reinvention began. Celebrating 30 years this month, Lifeway has become known for being one of the first to bring the probiotic craze to your grocery store isle.

Her protein rich drink, Kefir, is guzzled by everyone from toddlers to body builders, and its popularity has made them $150MM company traded on the NASDAQ.

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