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Family finds goat milk good for more than just cheese

Matt Turgeon, Mayes' son-in-law and the company's chief operating officer, said Alabu Inc. sells about 2,500 to 3,000 products a month. The majority is soap but he said a growing trend is the lotion stick, which people seem to have latched onto for its solid versus liquid consistency.

Turgeon said most of the business comes through the company's Web site but the products are in nine local stores. For the 10th anniversary, Alabu Inc. is offering 25 percent off store bought items and various sales online.

While Alabu Inc. has been enjoying world success, Turgeon said offering products in local retail stores like Green Grocer in Clifton Park, Wild Times in Ballston Spa, Basic Foods in Scotia, the Food Co-op in Albany and more, will always be a top priority.

"We know what it's like to be a small business and how challenging it can be and how exciting it is when things start to be successful and move forward," said Turgeon. "We want to be able to play an active role with different mom and pop stores that carry our product; help them be successful."

To ensure the business continues to grow and be exciting, Turgeon said it's using the 10-year milestone as a chance to change.

"Up to this point we've emphasized the goat milk part of our products but we're actually broadening a bit to offer more all natural products. We'll still focus on goat milk but our plan is to release a number of new products over the next year that won't necessarily use goat milk but will still fit in the all natural arena," said Turgeon. "People really like our product because it gives you a lot of vitamins and nutrients you don't find in commercial or glycerin soaps. The fact that it's handmade all the way through is appealing to a lot of people and many say it's so moisturizing they don't even have to put on lotion after they shower."

A full list of products, pricing and sales is on the Web site, www.alabu.com.

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