Kefir company with Ukrainian roots to launch charity relief bottle with 100% of profits benefiting humanitarian aid

MORTON GROVE, Ill., May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: LWAY) ("Lifeway" or "the Company"), the leading U.S. supplier of kefir and fermented probiotic products to support the microbiome, continues to stand with the people of Ukraine by expanding humanitarian relief efforts to support those in need. Building on the Company's ongoing efforts, Lifeway will release a specially marked charity relief bottle with 100% of profits going toward Ukrainian humanitarian aid with a commitment of up to $1 million.

Lifeway Charity Relief Kefir to benefit Ukraine

In addition to the charity relief bottle, Lifeway has spearheaded several fundraisers, including the recent Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine presented by Lifeway, which raised $700,000 for World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés. The fundraiser brought together 73 of Chicago's top chefs for a tasting event to raise funds for Ukrainian relief. Lifeway is also currently working with the Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, US-Ukraine logistics companies, local European Consulates, as well as countless volunteers to get vital donations to Ukraine.

"Lifeway was founded with a mission to bring an ancient Slavic superfood, kefir, to the U.S. It afforded my family the opportunity to participate in the American dream, fulfill entrepreneurial aspirations and pursue basic human freedoms," said Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, herself a former refugee from Kyiv. "We, as a Company, are devoted and committed to supporting humanitarian efforts and providing aid for those in need, including relatives of Lifeway employees that have been directly impacted. The courage of the Ukrainian people is an inspiration to us all and we are proud to support those impacted as long as necessary to help recover and restore wholeness."

As a staple product in Ukraine and one of Lifeway's customer favorites, Lifeway's Plain Whole Milk Kefir will be offered as a special charity relief item and is anticipated to be available beginning in June.

"We are grateful for our many retail and distribution partners for their enthusiastic response in bringing this special product to shelves across the United States and for their commitment to stand with the people of Ukraine," said Smolyansky.

For further information on Lifeway's efforts or to donate to Ukrainian relief, please visit: https://lifewaykefir.com/ukraine.

About Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Lifeway Foods, Inc., which has been recognized as one of Forbes' Best Small Companies, is America's leading supplier of the probiotic, fermented beverage known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces cheese, probiotic oat milk, and a ProBugs line for kids. Lifeway's tart and tangy fermented dairy products are now sold across the United States, Mexico, Ireland, France and the United Kingdom. Learn how Lifeway is good for more than just you at lifewayfoods.com.

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