Frequently Asked Questions 

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our products, here are a few of those most frequently asked, but if yours isn’t here please feel free to leave us a comment in the contact section. 

Glenilen Farm is based in the rolling hills of Drimoleague, Co Cork, Ireland.

Healthy live bacteria are added to our pasteurised milk and then incubated at a specific temperature to allow the bacteria to covert the lactose into lactic acid, which thickens the milk and transforms it into yoghurt.

Yes, the farm has been in Alan’s family for generations. In fact a lot more happens on Glenilen Farm aside from just making yummy yoghurts and dairy products. It is a hive of activity with pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, gardens, vegetable patches and much more!

We get all our milk from grass fed cows in the local area. The cows are free to roam in the Summer months grazing the green grass that West Cork has to offer and are kept indoors during the very cold parts of the year and fed grass in the form of silage.

Our products are not organic, but they are all made with local Irish milk from grass fed cows.

Our products are available in your local SuperValu, Tesco and Dunnes Stores and selected independents nationwide.

Our products are available in your local SuperValu, Spar, Eurospar & Tesco.

Our products are available in your local Booths, Budgens, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose & Whole Foods Market.

Our clotted cream is available in selected independents nationwide.

Every dairy product produced on Glenilen Farm is pasteurised.

All our yoghurts are vegetarian.

Our cheesecakes are not vegetarian as they are made with gelatine (pork origin), but this is something we are working on now so keep an eye out on our website and social media pages.

All our yoghurts are Gluten Free. Our cheesecakes are not Gluten Free as the base is made from non-gluten free digestives.

Yes, our factory is a nut free area.

We have three delicious products that contact no added sugar. Our Live Natural Yoghurt Range has no added sugar, our Natural 0% Fat Greek Style Yoghurt has no added sugar and our new product Natural Kefir also has no added sugar.

Yes, all our products are completely safe for pregnant women, as our milk is pasteurised before use.

We know that some of our customers regularly freeze our cheesecakes and they are perfectly safe to consume after freezing. However, we do not recommend freezing as we feel the texture of the product is just not as nice when defrosted.

The sugar in our yoghurts is not all added sugar; it is made of the naturally occurring milk sugar called lactose, the naturally occurring fruit sugar called fructose and the minimum of added sugar.

The sugar in our yoghurts is not all added sugar; it is made of the naturally occurring milk sugar called lactose.

Yes, our natural range contains absolutely no added sugar. This range currently includes Natural Live Yoghurt, 0% Fat Greek Style Natural Live Yoghurt and our Natural Kefir.

The sugar content in our yoghurt varies from flavour to flavour but we strive to always keep it as low as possible. For example, our Raspberry yoghurt contains 8.7g of sugar per 100g, and our natural yoghurt contains 3.7g per 100g. Most of the sugar is naturally occurring in the forms of lactose in the milk, and fructose from the fruit. However, we do typically add a maximum of 5% sugar to our fruit yoghurts to ensure a great taste.

Typically, our natural yoghurt contains 120mg calcium per 100g yoghurt. This means a 125g portion of our natural yoghurt contains almost 20% of an adult’s recommended daily intake of calcium.

No, all our yoghurts are made with dairy milk.

We often get queries as to what the black bits are in our mango & passion fruit products, and they are in fact, passion fruit seeds. They add a crunch to this particular flavour and we feel they really contribute to the authenticity of the product.

Live cultures refer to the micro-organisms found in foods such as yoghurt, which are beneficial for human health. These living organisms convert pasteurised milk to yoghurt during fermentation.

This means that our yoghurt contains the live bacteria Lactobacillus delbrukeii subsp. Bulgaricus and Staphlyococcus thermophilus.

Lactobacillus Acidophilius and Bifidobacterium Lactis are live cultures the same as probiotics. Probiotics are a type of live culture, but live cultures are not always probiotic. The cultures used in our yoghurt are probiotic.

This means that the Glenilen Farm yoghurts contain calcium, which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.

  • Helps digestion
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Source of protein
  • Rich source of calcium (the live cultures further help absorption of calcium already found in dairy). Read More

Kefir has been around for centuries. It is fermented yoghurt with 14 strains of live cultures. Our kefir is a source of protein, 0% fat and is the perfect gut friendly daily dose of goodness. Made on our farm in Drimoleague, West Cork, this kefir is made with a few simple ingredients. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Our yoghurts are full of gut friendly cultures that are great for gut health. Having one serving of our yoghurts a day or 3-4 times a week overtime will improve your gut health. This is a quick fix for any digestive issues it is simply a lifestyle choice made easier with our delicious range of yoghurts!

We are working on this, most of our packaging is recyclable and we are working on the packaging that is not recyclable as we are committed to sustainability. Read More

We use 100% recyclable rigid plastic yoghurt pots. These can be washed and dried and placed directly into your recycling bin. Paper pots are  called composites – a mixture of paper and plastic lining and are currently not recyclable in Ireland. For more information on this question see the below link on www.mywaste.com

Yes, this tub is 100% recyclable. You can remove the cardboard outer sleeve first, to reveal a thinner than usual plastic tub which serves to reduce the amount of plastic in the total pot. Both can be put into your recycling bin as separates.

Many people don’t realise that our cheesecake packaging actually has a push up base making it easy to get the dessert out of the packaging in one piece. The handiest way to do this is to remove the outer sleeve and fi lm covering the top of the cheesecake, before sitting the dessert on top of a cup or can. Then, simply push down gently on the sides of the packaging and you should be left with a free-standing cheesecake. Remove the plastic disk from the bottom of the cheesecake and you can easily pretend that you made the dessert from scratch!