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Greek yogurt sales continue to soar

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01...

Interesting article on the two major suppliers of Greek yogurt sales.

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  1. Interesting. I for one have been eating a lot more yogurt since making the switch to Greek (although not the brands in the article as I'm in Canada). I adore the Greek stuff.

    1. is this for health reason or for taste?
      I am not a fan of Greek yogurt so I tend to eat regular yogurts from Trader Joe's, etc.
      To me, Greek yogurt is too thick and heavy.

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      1. re: Monica

        For me, regular yogurt is too runny and I can't go back! I like the texture of it, and am particularly in love with Fage 2%. Chobani has a weird taste to it, although I eat it plain most of the time and may be more aware of subtle differences.

        1. re: mels

          Just an fyi - you can strain yogurt in cheese cloth and thus may make it nice and thick, as you like.

          1. re: mels

            I've accidentially bought the Chobani vanilla. I thought that tasted a lot better than their plain. Not a heavy vanilla flavor, just enough to take some of the sourness out. We eat it w/fruit and granola. I prefer Fage plain over Chobani plain. And I prefer the Fage individuals w/fruit on the side over the Chobani w/fruit on the bottom.

          2. re: Monica

            Health and taste for me. I like the texture more than most non-Greek yogurts, and it's a great and easy way to get plenty of protein in the morning without cooking anything.

            1. re: davis_sq_pro

              yes to all that! Tastes great and healthy in the same package! How often does THAT happen?

              I didn't read the article, so this may have been addressed, but the price is coming down , at least around here. WF had gotten up to $1.89 for full price a while back, but is now at $1.49. (although often they have sales) A local grocery had it at $1 recently.

          3. I have come to really like Greek yogurt. It's a good substitute for sour cream and it has twice the protein as regular yogurt. I don't always eat a lot of meat so it's a good way to get in some extra protein.

            1. Kirkland brand thru Costco has been selling plain Greek yogurt, Chobani & Fage for some time now and in my area has the best prices, unless a grocer is offering a discount that week. I like all three. There are close to a dozen Greek yogurts I don't like. I haven't enjoyed "regular" or "custard" yogurt for years but my dh still enjoys Yoplait. Beyond including it in smoothies, baking and dips I find Greek yogurt comforting and soothing on the stomach.

              I posted the article but it's good news for the milk trade and with so many companies struggling, it was nice to see some doing very well.

              1. I think it's pretty amazing how the past few years have seen the introduction of radically new products in both the dairy-case yogurt market (Greek yogurt) and the frozen yogurt market (Korean-style).

                We've come a long way (away from really sweet stuff, which is a good trend).

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                1. re: Bob W

                  I agree Bob W and price wise these newer products are the same as the older, really sweet stuff of a decade ago. I don't miss the old Dannon brand and I was a believer in yogurt (remember the 99 year olds eating Dannon commercials) from day one. But Greek styled yogurt just has a more satisfying taste and feel to me now. Some of the recent brands coming out of Iceland-style or Australia style have also been interesting but I remain a fan of Fage, Chobani and appreciate Costco's new offering.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    The yogurts I used to eat regularly back in the 70s were the old Dannon with a thick layer of sweet glop on the bottom (and I loved those commercials, like the one with the 100 year old guy and his mom, or something like that), Hood Firm N Fruity, and New Country. I think they all had about 260 calories per container.

                    My kids love Chobani, and while I like it too, I prefer Fage. But both are far superior to the old stuff.

                    One other historical note: In a departure from the general trend toward bigger portions, single-serve yogurts used to be 8 oz. Now they are 6 oz or even smaller -- yet in the case of greek yogurt, more filling due to the upgrade in protein content.

                    1. re: Bob W

                      One other historical note: In a departure from the general trend toward bigger portions, single-serve yogurts used to be 8 oz. Now they are 6 oz or even smaller -- yet in the case of greek yogurt, more filling due to the upgrade in protein content.
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                      Excellent point.