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Fage Greek Yoghurt

luckyfoodie Jun 11, 2008 10:04 AM

Has anyone noticed a difference in their Fage this past month? (I have and am wondering if I am the only one).

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  1. LNG212 RE: luckyfoodie Jun 11, 2008 10:09 AM

    I haven't tried it in the past month of so. But others have posted about this. See this thread about a change in the location of the manufacturing: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/522369 .

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      luckyfoodie RE: LNG212 Jun 11, 2008 10:12 AM

      Will do. Many thanks.

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        taresa514 RE: luckyfoodie Jun 11, 2008 10:52 AM

        just had the 2% today, I didn't notice any difference.

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      veloflowers RE: luckyfoodie Jun 11, 2008 02:18 PM

      checked out the other thread and agree with some of the other posts - the texture is grainer, not as creamy and has a different taste, I though it had gone off and then checked the label. We had two cartons and one was made in the US and one made in Greece, so we did a taste test and there was an absolute difference. This was the full fat variety.

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        dreamsicle RE: veloflowers Jun 11, 2008 07:18 PM

        The last few cartons I've got also seemed a bit "grittier"/chalkier than before. I inquired Fage about it, asking them if there's a formula change or whether the cartons I got were of a poor quality. The woman I talked to said no, and offered to send me a case of yogurt which I will receive tomorrow.

        Now I'm crossing my fingers that I don't get a dozen cartons of poorer Fage ... but I've got a bad feeling after reading all these posts.

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          maria lorraine RE: dreamsicle Jun 11, 2008 10:39 PM

          Yes, I noticed the chalkiness in the last month's cartons.

          So, ignorant question perhaps, but is there a way we can contact Fage and tell them we've noticed a texture diff and "problem"?

          1. re: maria lorraine
            luckyfoodie RE: maria lorraine Jun 12, 2008 04:23 AM

            definitely ... go to fageusa.com and contact them. feedback is good I think.

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              dreamsicle RE: luckyfoodie Jun 12, 2008 10:05 PM

              That's what I did, and how I ended up with a dozen cartons of Fage yogurt which I got this morning. I'll try one tomorrow to see if there's still that difference in texture and report back.

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                dreamsicle RE: dreamsicle Jun 14, 2008 12:13 PM

                I had one cup of the Fage 0% yogurt for breakfast yesterday. There was some whey on top when I opened the carton, but after stirring, the yogurt became smooth and thick. I didn't notice any chalky texture, but the yogurt seemed tangier than before ... or maybe it's been a while since I've had it.

                The yogurt is now manufactured at Fage USA Dairy Industry, Inc. in NY. Somehow I had the impression that previously, one container of the 0% yogurt had 80 calories, but the nutrition facts on this new carton reads 90 calories, 0g fat, 7g sugars and 15g protein. Could there have been a change in serving size or yogurt formula?

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                  SarahWW RE: dreamsicle Jul 6, 2008 01:36 PM

                  I've bought a lot of Fage lately that ended up having 0 calories.
                  As in, it was not something I would willingly eat.

                  The ricotta-like curds or graininess comes from manufacturing errors. I got two of those bad cases around the time others received the same sort of wet and grainy Fage from New York. I got both a case of 0% and 2% that had the clumped proteins.

                  Since then, from the NY plant only ( the greek manufactured stuff is as good as ever) I have received cases with off-putting yogurt. There is the sense that it is on the verge of being spoiled. ( the carton dating implies weeks of freshness should remain). There is a sour/bitter thing going on.

                  Also, the texure is funny, though not "ricotta-y" or chalky or grainy. It is full of small air pockets. and isn't smooth and custardy like the yogurt from the greek plants.

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                    coll RE: SarahWW Jul 7, 2008 04:39 AM

                    This is what I have seen in my last two containers, "air pockets". I knew it wasn't just me! I get the full fat version myself.

        2. re: veloflowers
          veryveryrosalind RE: veloflowers Jun 13, 2008 02:28 PM

          I have also noticed a grainer texture in the full-fat (the kind with a little side pot of jam), but not in the 2% or 0%.

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            susannahgust RE: veloflowers Jun 30, 2008 04:05 AM

            i have noticed the quality go way down. grainier, more sour, and this is the 2% talking about. i'm considering asking my whole foods to go back to buying from greece, although that's an irresponsible carbon footprint move, i guess...

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              Caitlin McGrath RE: susannahgust Jul 6, 2008 06:02 PM

              I doubt very much grocers have control over which plants Fage USA ships them yogurt from.

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                SarahWW RE: Caitlin McGrath Jul 7, 2008 04:15 AM

                I doubt it, too. My plan is to ask them to request "from Greece only" to fill my standing order.

                That's probably not possible. New York Fage has been full of fail the last three shipments, (not including the bad cases of grainy yogurt that was the first yogurt I got out of New York), and I just can't afford to keep throwing it away.

                If bought as singleton containers, the factory code is something I can use to decide to buy or not. "GR" in the code, good.

                As in "36-GR-9114".

                New York Fage, with "36-0129", I can leave on the shelf instead of taking it home.

          2. beelzebozo RE: luckyfoodie Jun 12, 2008 05:23 AM

            i actually enjoy drained fat free plain dannon just as much--if not more--than fage. i don't see the big fuss if you're willing to put in the time draining your own.

            1. Candy RE: luckyfoodie Jun 12, 2008 05:46 AM

              I have been through a pint of 2% recently and it was fine. I just checked, it was US made. What is nasty is OKIOS which is a Stonyfield product. I find it quite sour in flavor. My local Co-op dropped Liberte from Quebec, not enough people were buying it, well they did not advertise or demo it. That was truly fine yogurt. This am I will have to gag down one more OKIOS and then never again. Even the vanilla was nasty and I added wild blueberries to it with no help to the flavor.

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                thew RE: Candy Jun 12, 2008 06:21 AM

                i have the exact opposite feeling. i prefer the okios because yogurt is supposed to have a sour flavor. I find fage flat and nearly flavorless.

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                  brendastarlet RE: thew Jun 12, 2008 06:28 AM

                  My personal trainer was a Fage fan but switched to Trader Joe's Greek Style yougurt (now available in non-fat.) I've tried both. Trader Joe's is definitely cheaper but it still has that gelatinous quality that many commercial yougurts have. It's okay as just an additive (like to gazpacho.) I prefer Fage, but I'm cutting costs in the wake of higher gas prices and now I'm buying it only on occasion.

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                    misrecollection RE: brendastarlet Aug 3, 2008 05:43 PM

                    I bet you anything that TJ Greek Yogurt is Fage just sold under the TJ brand. TJ and chains do this all the time.

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: misrecollection Aug 3, 2008 07:52 PM

                      I'll take that bet -- I'm very familiar with both, and they are similar, but not identical. There's a dairy processor in Southern California that makes Greek-style yogurt under a variety of different labels, and I think they do the TJ's as well.

                  2. re: thew
                    malibumike RE: thew Jun 14, 2008 09:02 AM

                    Yes I totally agree, real, old fashioned yogurt is supposed to have a very tart flavor. But since the yogurt companies recognized they were not going to capture the yuppies they started to tone the real thing down.

                  3. re: Candy
                    Axalady RE: Candy Jun 12, 2008 06:40 AM

                    After hearing all the raves about Fage on this board I wanted to taste it. A week ago I purchased 2% Fage at our local Giant. I couldn't get past the sourness of the product, even adding strawberry jam to it. I just emptied the carton down the disposal yesterday. One of the reasons I wanted to try the product was for the health aspect. If I have to drown it in sugar to make it pallatible it's not worth it to me.

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                      taboo RE: Axalady Jun 12, 2008 07:01 AM

                      I also noticed the change in texture to more gritty. I still mix it with cereal though and it is fine, but I thought it was just the one's I bought until I read this thread.

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                        coney with everything RE: Axalady Jun 13, 2008 04:53 AM

                        I'm surprised to see that you thought it was sour--I've never had Fage that was anything but mildly flavored.

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                          Boccone Dolce RE: Axalady Jun 14, 2008 08:53 AM

                          Put some honey and maybe a few nuts or granola on it. I keep honey at work specifically for my fage splurges (they are $1.99 for 8 oz here, when I can find them.)

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                          Boccone Dolce RE: Candy Jun 20, 2008 06:11 PM

                          I made this same mistake. My gorgeous Fage was sitting right next to the shiny new-to-me Okio's. I said hmmmm...... I'll try. I chose the honey, there was also blueberry and vanilla. No plain. It was a quarter cheaper. I just thought I would TRY. I gagged. It would not stir together, it wasn't sour it was just slimey and almost curdled. The 5.3 oz cup was also high in calories and lower in protein then my pretty Fage friend. I'll not make this mistake again, even the American Fage is fine for me. I would like to try and drian my own- I'll have to check into it- I suppose the initial brand matters- and my choices here are fairly limited. Oh- I wrote to WARN Stoneyfield farms about checking that lot code just in case-I'm in the food service industry and it's good to know of potential issues before they "grow". They casually replied "not harmful". I've just never had yogurt that would not stir together and get smooth. Maybe I need more time behind the yogurt spoon and this happens often. I doubt I'll buy it ever again.

                          1. re: Candy
                            coll RE: Candy Jul 7, 2008 04:42 AM

                            I tried the Krinos brand yogurt because it was on sale really cheap, and I had been wondering if all "Greek" yogurts were like Fage. So sour, couldn't eat it straight, and I like things tangy..

                            1. re: coll
                              taboo RE: coll Jul 10, 2008 08:00 AM

                              I am on vacation in Hong Kong and bought the Fage yogurt there to try and it was amazing......there is fact that it is different depending on where it is shipped. I wish I could get this same kind back in NYC.

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                                dreamsicle RE: taboo Jul 10, 2008 08:48 PM

                                I'm back in Hong Kong too and noticed Fage yogurt (Total yogurt) on sale. It seems to be imported from the UK, but can't really remember where it is made. I'll check the next time I visit the supermarket again. Hopefully this version tastes better than the disappointing batches I've had in the US.

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                                  joyjoy RE: dreamsicle Jul 11, 2008 12:07 PM

                                  I love Fage, I first came across it when I lived in Greece but it is pretty expensive over here so I use the Trader Joe's 0% Greek Style yogurt which is still rich and creamy and a good alternative especially if Fage is now produced in the US

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                            SarahWW RE: luckyfoodie Jul 11, 2008 10:19 PM

                            Today I picked up my special order cases of Fage from my grocer. Not AGAIN!
                            I picked up my standing weekly special order shipment of two cases of Fage. (One is 2%, the other 0%). This week the 2% was from Greece, the 0% from New York.

                            Guess which one was full of little air pockets and tasted like it had started to go "off"?
                            The New York Fage.

                            FWIW it was date 8-16.

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