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May 24, 2008 05:22 PM

Fage Yogurt Now Made in the USA

Bought Fage 0% at Trader Joe's in Oakland, CA, yesterday with a use-by date of July 1. I checked the container and it says "MANUFACTURED AT FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc." in Johnstown, NY. The yogurt, thankfully, tastes the same as ever.

I had read in the April 13 story in the NY Times magazine about Greek yogurt that Fage was opening its US plant in April. The retail price hasn't changed, naturally, but the yogurt will be fresher when we get it and much less fuel will be used to get it to us.

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  1. Jeez, as long as we don't CHANGE it, we'll be okay...I can't help but think that bringing the production to the US is not a good thing.

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    1. re: Val

      I really do think it had to with high demand here. As you say, so long as the product doesn't change. So far, so good.

    2. I think they've been making it in the US for a while. I recall that, a couple of years ago, I was able to get the sheep's milk version from Greece, which was always right on the shelf next to the cow's milk kind. Then I noticed that I couldn't get the sheep's milk anymore, and that the graphic on the lid had changed... it took me a while to figure out what was going on, but then I realized that it was no longer a Greek product. I still buy it and enjoy it, but who among us could really be certain that it tastes the same as it did before?

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      1. re: vvvindaloo

        I think those changes happened when there was a whole kerfuffle about proper licensing and imports became sketchy for a while in some places. There were a couple of threads about it at the time, where people were becoming panicked because they couldn't find it in their stores. It appears they just don't sell the sheep's milk yogurt in the US anymore - maybe they didn't sell enough? Anyway, according to the NY Times article I noted in my OP, they just opened their first US plant last month.

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          yes, i remember at least one of those threads, from more than a year ago. i asked if anyone had seen my fage with the cute sheep drawing on the foil :) little did i know that i may never see it again... (at least not at Whole Foods).
          i did not read the article, and know nothing about their plants. but i do know for a fact that the fage i've been eating for at least the past 2 years has indicated that it was made by fage usa. not only was there no mention of fage usa when i first began eating it, but nearly all of the language on the container was in Greek.

          1. re: vvvindaloo

            The carton I bought yesterday said "manufactured in Greece" *imported by* Fage USA, which means that, at least until now, it could be just be the name of the importing/distributing entity. I think they changed the packaging as part of whole issue of being approved for sale in the US, when, as people noted, they had to stop selling for a while. I knew they were planning a plant in the US, so periodically I've checked the label, and it's always said "manufactured in Greece."

      2. Oh please, just let is be the same wonderful Fage it has always been. Fingers are crossed.

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        1. re: chaddick

          I've found the yogurt made in the US to be more sour, less creamy and to have a different mouth feel. It also has a layer of whey on the top, which I never found with the yogurt made in Greece. Maybe it's the cows (or what they're eating), but it doesn't taste the same to me at all.

          1. re: SnappyH

            Agree. I just tried some of the US-made Fage, and it did have more of a sour bite to it plus a chalkier mouth feel. Even the parchment paper on top clung to the yogurt in a way the Greek-made stuff never did.

            1. re: SnappyH

              Yes I totally agree with SnappyH - the yogurt made in the USA is not as good as the Greek version. It is sour---- I am soooo disappointed. When I read they were making it here I sent fage a long letter expressing my displeasure with the US manufacturing idea - they assured me they would follow the "same high standards" but did not assure me it would taste the same. I may have to find another yogurt.

              1. re: SnappyH

                Yep We have been switched and baited.. FAGE is no longer authentic Greek stained yogurt!!!


                What that does is make a much larger profit for the Yogurt companies by not having to strain so much yogurt and add a thickening agent to make it thick without loosing profits despite that corn starch is GMO & taste like chalk.

                It's not Fage's fault! The other yogurt big brands got on the band wagon offering Greek yogurt but used corn starch to thicken instead of authentic straining just to make bigger profits .. So Fage followed suit..

                Greeks in Greece would taste a big difference to the crap they are selling us here!!

                Want real Greek yogurt? Strain it yourself from clean yogurt .

                1. re: worldgirl5

                  Where do you see corn starch? It's not on my labels, nor is it on their web site ingredient list.

                  1. re: mcf

                    Indeed. The only ingredients listed on any tub I've ever bought (I've never bought anything but plain) are grade A pasteurized milk and active cultures.

                  2. re: worldgirl5

                    There's no corn starch in Fage yogurt. If you have flavored yogurt like blueberry, then sometimes there is corn starch in the flavored mix.

                    I had Fage a few times in Greece last month. It tastes the same as what I get in the US. I did try a couple other Greek brands and I Fage was thicker than the other brands I tried.

              2. If Fage can make Fage here, I wonder why Dannon doesn't come out with a similar product.

                I gave up Fage as part of my recessionary penny-pinching. If it's made in the USA and the price doesn't come down, I may never go back.

                I do love it, though.

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                1. re: Angela Roberta

                  Trader Joes has a similar product that is about 50% cheaper.

                  1. re: Angela Roberta

                    Fage isn't the only game in town, but it was the only Greek-made yogurt that I could find in 2% fat, which I love.

                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                      TJ's makes a 2% version, which, as codasco stated, is much less expensive...and personally i like both the taste & texture even better than fage.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Yes, thank you ghg. But I had specified "Greek-made"...
                        I appreciate your suggestion, though.

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          i know, sorry - it's the only 2% i've found besides the fage...there doesn't seem to be any other good, widely available greek-made yogurt in the states.

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            have you tried Chobani's 2% ? I'm not much of a yogurt expert, but I really like Chobani. It's manufactured in NY.

                            1. re: sleonhardt

                              I love Chobani . I don't buy Fage anymore.

                    2. re: Angela Roberta

                      I am not sure where you buy it - I get it for $1.57 at Big Y - MA!
                      It is some individual retailers that are insisting on charging the $1.99. I have posted a more detailed reply to a similar concern - price related - somewhere below...

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