Even as he ambled along with a walking stick, the then 89-year-old Fr van de Sande frequented the yogurt plant overseeing and assisting. He was even sighted in Massy St Augustine when a shipment of yogurt is delivered.
In a July 2014 interview with Catholic News Senior Writer Lara Pickford- Gordon about how he started yogurt making, Fr van de Sande said he was always doing something in the kitchen at the Mount. When there were goats, he made goat cheese, when there were no more goats he “started something else with milk”. He made cheese and yogurt for his fellow monks. Of the yogurt, he said, “They liked it and they said why don’t I sell this in the shops.”
Van de Sande said he grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands and learnt to make cheese using milk from the family’s cows. The original cultures used when he started experimenting with yogurt came from his sister who lived in a village where yogurt is made.