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Yoplait Copes With Sales Drop Amidst Greek Yogurt Mania

Back in 2008, things were different in the yogurt aisle: Chobani hadn’t yet stirred up consumer tastes with its thick Greek-style yogurts, and Yoplait, owned by General Mills, had more than a third of the market. Since then, consumers have gone Greek yogurt-mad, and Yoplait isn’t selling as well, now comprising less than a quarter of the market. How is Yoplait coping? By selling its own version of Greek yogurt, of course. [More]

FDA: Idaho Knew About Chobani Mold Issue Before Yogurts Started Exploding

FDA: Idaho Knew About Chobani Mold Issue Before Yogurts Started Exploding

Last year, fungal contamination in yogurt made in Chobani’s new plant in Idaho led to problems with their products distributed nationwide. These problems ranged from “this yogurt tastes funny” to in-fridge explosions to dozens of illnesses that consumers attributed to the yogurt. Now, the Idaho plant’s local newspaper has learned that the state government may have known about the mold contamination long before any yogurts were pulled from stores. [More]

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt With Bogus Nutrition Info From Stores

Food companies put nutrition information on the labels of their products, and we consumers assume that information is, you know, true. Maybe naively so. When tests by our calorie-crunching colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports showed that there was more sugar in Whole Foods’ plain Greek yogurt than the label claimed, the grocery chain pulled the product from shelves. [More]

Lawsuit Against Chobani And Fage: Greek Yogurt Is Packed With Sugar, Isn’t Greek

Lawsuit Against Chobani And Fage: Greek Yogurt Is Packed With Sugar, Isn’t Greek

Greek yogurt is not made in Greece. Sure, this has caused manufacturers of the thick dairy product some legal problems in the United Kingdom, but most consumers are savvy enough to know that the name describes a type of yogurt, not a point of origin. Right? Well, two men in New York City are suing two major producers of Greek yogurt, accusing them of deceptive advertising. [More]

Why Does Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt Have Less Protein?

Why Does Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt Have Less Protein?

While perusing junk food blogs, which is a requirement of this job, we came across an interesting fact in an otherwise edifying review of a new product from Ben & Jerry’s, Cherry Garcia-flavored Greek frozen yogurt. This is not to be confused with the company’s regular frozen yogurt in the Cherry Garcia flavor, which also exists. The thing is…why does one have a lot more protein than the other? [More]

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You Can Make Your Own Greek Yogurt At Home

If you like the texture and protein content of Greek yogurt, but don’t like the prices and want to avoid products thickened with milk powder, there’s another option that is often cheaper: make your own at home. No, we don’t mean fermenting your own yogurt from scratch, though that isn’t very hard either. Start with plain regular yogurt and strain it yourself, which somehow still costs less per ounce than buying a whole container of Greek yogurt. [More]

Our Brave Olympic Athletes Are Still Without Yogurt, But Take Heart: “We’ll Be Able To Adapt”

Our Brave Olympic Athletes Are Still Without Yogurt, But Take Heart: “We’ll Be Able To Adapt”

Despite the best efforts of U.S. politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer, it appears that the stalled shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt destined for the mouths of American athletes competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is still grounded on our shores. But chin up, fans — even without the helpful protein boost, our brave athletes are forging ahead. [More]

Senator Desperately Trying To Get Yogurt To Our Brave, Yogurtless Olympic Athletes

Senator Desperately Trying To Get Yogurt To Our Brave, Yogurtless Olympic Athletes

It’s not only the media in Sochi that are finding Russian reality a harsh one ahead of the Winter Olympics. Imagine you’re a world-class athlete, with a lean machine of a body that is finely tuned to the highest degree of athleticism. What that body wants, it gets. Unless it’s Greek yogurt. [More]

Is Greek Yogurt Still Greek If It’s Made In America?

Is Greek Yogurt Still Greek If It’s Made In America?

We label all sorts of products with country names — Italian ice, French dressing, Swedish meatballs — regardless of where they were made, or even if they have any actual ties to the country being name-checked. But a court in the UK has ruled that Chobani can’t label its product as “Greek Yogurt” because it is made in the U.S. [More]

Some advocacy groups have expressed concern that the milk used in Chobani comes from cows who eat feed with genetically modified ingredients.

Whole Foods Reportedly Ditching Chobani Over GMO Concerns

If Chobani’s recall woes weren’t enough, the maker of the Greek-style yogurt may also be losing an important retail partner with Whole Foods reportedly planning to stop shelving the stuff in the coming year over concerns about genetically modified content. [More]

FDA Has Full List Of Products Affected In Chobani Recall

The Food and Drug Administration has published the full list of Chobani products affected in the company’s Yosplosion ’13 Festival of Mold. It’s a wide-ranging list across the company’s product lines, including yogurt tubes for kids and toppings-included Flips. [FDA]

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Chobani Pulls Gross Yogurts Off Store Shelves, Not A Recall

Have your Chobani yogurts tasted kind of weird recently? You aren’t alone. Yogurt lovers all over the country have reported oddness that ranges from “that tastes a little off” to “AAAAH WHY IS MY YOGURT CUP BULGING?!” After receiving (and deleting) a lot of complaints on their Facebook page, the company quietly pulled affected batches from stores, but there’s no official recall on. [More]

Acid Whey: The Less Delicious Byproduct Of The Greek Yogurt Boom

Acid Whey: The Less Delicious Byproduct Of The Greek Yogurt Boom

Greek yogurt is a delicious dairy product that’s produced by taking regular yogurt and straining it to a delicious, protein-rich thickness. The thing is, though, all of that straining means that you’re straining something out of the yogurt. That something is more than water: it’s post-fermentation liquid called acid whey. For every three or four ounces of milk that enter a yogurt plant, one ounce of acid whey leaves. They can’t dump it in sewage systems or waterways, and at least one manufacturer actually pays local farmers to take the liquid whey away and do something with it. [More]

Greek Yogurt: Thick And Luxurious, Or Just Full Of Milk Powder?

Greek Yogurt: Thick And Luxurious, Or Just Full Of Milk Powder?

Americans are crazy for Greek yogurt. Thicker than the yogurts we’re used to, the dairy treats come in pre-flavored and unflavored versions, and it seems like every dairy brand and grocery chain has their own version. Not all Greek yogurts are made in the same way, though. The normal method is to make yogurt, then strain the additional liquid whey, producing a denser product. This results in a product with about twice the protein of regular yogurt, but less calcium. That’s what most consumers probably picture when they pick up a container of Greek yogurt off the shelf. The huge demand for the products means that some manufacturers are finding other ways to get that thick texture and high protein content. [More]