Karoun Dairies, based in Sun Valley, CA, specializes primarily in producing traditional all natural Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Hispanic, Indian specialty cheeses and cultured dairy products. Founded in 1992, Karoun is a family-run business. The company has continued to grow from creating hand braided String Cheese for local ethnic and specialty grocery stores, to providing wide variety of Mediterranean specialty cheeses and yogurt products with mainstream distribution. Milk for production of Karoun’s cheeses is sourced directly from local farmers, located within the 30 mile radius of the cheesemaking facility at Turlock in California. Labne is a thick & creamy yogurt cheese, similar in some respects to a cream cheese and yet rich enough to be used as a substitute for sour cream. It is a staple of the Middle Eastern Mediterranean diet and Karoun makes their Labne in the traditional way by draining whey from lightly salted yogurt. Labne has a great many applications and can be used as a dip, a spread or an addition to salads.