Noosa Founder Koel Thomae Found Her Dream In A Spoon Of Yogurt

NEW YORK – It took just a spoonful of a simple tub of yogurt with passion fruit puree on a trip home to her native Australia to nudge Koel Thomae into a new career.

Thomae, who had worked in various food companies such as IZZE Beverage Company, had no dairy experience before founding her noosa brand of yogurt in 2009, based on that taste from home. But since then, she has managed to grow her Bellvue, Colorado business into a $170 million company that sells yogurt in major grocery stores across the United States.

The path has not always been smooth, however – and Thomae shared some of the lessons she has learned along the way with Reuters.

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