ARTHUR GAUDREAU: NS milk, a key ingredient in DirkHäuser drinkable yoghurts


DirkHäuser, specializing in yoghurt drinks, opened in Lower Sackville.

Owner Dirk Whalen says DirkHäuser’s flagship product, Amino-Spec, is a yogurt protein shake made 100% from Nova Scotia milk.

Amino-Spec is available in a variety of flavors in 330 milliliter cans, and the drinks each contain 22 grams of natural protein and probiotics. There is no added sugar, but Whalen uses erythritol as a sweetener.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has made me understand even more clearly how important it is to keep this rich resource safe and nurture here at home,” Whalen said.

“It doesn’t take much, as we saw last year, to sever supply chains and our trust in them. I feel that by making this new and innovative product, I am contributing in my own way to the safety that the local dairy brings to people and communities, and to diversifying the ways in which it can be enjoyed.

Whalen chose to use aluminum cans because of “the strength of aluminum in the recycle stream.” Also, I have to mention that I use paper labels on the foil can.

He says he chose Lower Sackville because it’s a bustling city with a wide variety of interesting small businesses and a central location within the municipality.

“These combined elements give me the impression that there is a strong support system for small businesses in Lower Sackville. In addition, in my opinion, the city and its surroundings are also poised to experience very positive growth in many ways. “

A website is under development where customers will be able to place orders for curbside pickup at the store. For now, you can visit DirkHäuser at 111 Cobequid Rd.

Some other retail events:

  • TAPestry Beer Bar, focused on small craft brewers, will soon open at 833 Sackville Dr.
  • The Chameleon Cafe & Supper Club at Bayers Road Center has closed.
  • Kam Moon, who has been on the corner of Brunswick and Cogswell streets for a few years, has opened a restaurant at 619 Lower Sackville Dr., offering their quick-service Egyptian cuisine. They have a few wraps unique to the region and make their pita in-house. A third location is planned for later this year in western Halifax.
  • The Feasts opened at 6293 Quinpool Rd, offering Indian, Thai and Korean fare.
  • Ardene will be back at the Halifax Mall, but this time across the street, in the annex where Addition Elle was located.
  • PHIT’Cetera Lifestyle Apparel opens on Larry Uteck Boulevard at the intersection of Kearney Lake Road. It offers brands focused on sustainable practices and materials with the aim of reducing environmental impact.
  • New Scotland Clothing Co. opens at a new location, 17 Prince St. in Dartmouth.
  • Audrey’s Little Shop of Plants will be relocating from 104 Portland Street to 102 for more plant space and more windows. It will be closed until February 6 while details are finalized.
  • Across the street is Cafe98 changing its name and when it reopens it will be Wise SandWish, offering breakfast, sandwiches and gourmet wraps while selling books and artwork.
  • Trattoria da Claudio, which operated take out at Grace United Church in Dartmouth, will cross the harbor to settle into a full restaurant on Dresden Row, where Black Sheep recently moved.
  • At the end of February, 73 Alderney Dr. will come back to life under the name Vines Fusion & Grill (Indo-Italian).
  • Millstone Public House’s third location opens in downtown Dartmouth at King’s Wharf.

Arthur Gaudreau is a retail enthusiast and editor of a blog on the comings and goings of retail for the past five years.

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