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This is a great little story on Julie and the company. I could see them being highlighted more and more with the immigration debate heating up in this country (as it always does in election years, but Trump may make it more of a topic than normal it seems...)

Kefir is a 2000-year-old product that Marco Polo wrote about and Cleopatra bathed in. An ancient cousin to yogurt, kefir is completely changing the lives of a family of Soviet Union immigrants.

Kefir is a cultured dairy smoothie from Eastern Europe that’s loaded with probiotics and good bacteria that your body needs to maintain a healthy immune system and a regular digestive system.

Lifeway Foods, a company based in Chicago, Ill., became the king of kefir in the United States after the Smolyansky family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1984 and brought their favorite dairy product with them. Julie Smolyansky is Lifeway’s CEO, and has taken the kefir company to multi-million-dollar heights.

How this cultured milk smoothie became as American as apple pie is a great immigrant success story. Julie’s parents were part of a large wave of Soviet Jews who came to the United States in the late 1970s and ’80s....

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