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Aug 27, 2013 10:24 AM

Disappearance of Greek Style 10% Yogurt From Grocery Stores

It's getting tougher and tougher to find any plain yogurt (especially the drained, Greek style) that isn't fat-free. I like to use the 10% yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo in a lot of dips or as a topping for potatoes. I like to make tzatziki, Turkish cacik and other yogurt-based dips and sauces. The Greek style is easier to deal with than draining lower percentage yogurts, which are frequently the stirred kind that won't drain properly.

I used to be able to buy the Liberte 10% at Zehrs, but virtually all higher fat plain yogurts have been replaced by 0% and a vast array of flavoured fat-free and low fat yogurts. The Foodland near my cottage was carrying it, but it has recently disappeared. I'm having to search high and low for it or an equivalent. Costco carries the 2% version, but it is very difficult to drain. I'm not a fan of Astro products, either, though I will resort to the 6% Balkan style, if necessary.

Am I the only one buying this stuff? Surely not. I can still find the Liberte 10% in Windsor, in some smaller shops and Eastern European specialty stores. Is there just no demand for it in the bigger chains?

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  1. Wow I never heard of 10%, can't say where the heck you'd find it off hand. Or is that just the normal yogurt that doesn't have a percent, like "Total"? I'm not picky, but yes the one that doesn't say a percentage is the top of the line. I will keep my eyes open later when I go shopping.

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    1. re: coll

      It's often labeled "Greek Style". It has a consistency closer to sour cream, but with a tangy yogurt taste. Some may sit down to a bowl of it, but for me it's just perfect for dips and sauces. Liberte has a number of 9% yogurts with fruit and other flavours, many of which are delicious. I'm specifically griping about the disappearance of the plain, though. I should add that the mocha, black cherry, lemon and other flavours are delicious, for a decadent, but still healthy, treat.

      1. re: 1sweetpea

        Oh I know Greek Style by name, then there is only 2%, 1% and 0%. That's quite the jump! Good to know, thanks!

    2. It's a problem in the States, too. Very frustrating.

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      1. re: Violatp

        The 0% Greek style just doesn't compare, IMHO.

      2. I'm sorry didn't realize you were in Canada. Went to the local supermarket and this is what they had, no "percentage" of fat, just one that you would assume is the normal one. Or do you not even have Fage, maybe I jumped into something else.

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        1. re: coll

          No Fage where I shop in Canada. I'm not sure if it's available in other parts of the country. The Liberte products I've mentioned are made in Quebec and have a superior taste and texture to most other yogurts I've tried.

          In Canada, labels list the fat percentage, rather than use terms like "fat free" or "low fat". I know 10% seems like a lot of fat, but compare it to sour cream, which is 14% fat and contains a number of ingredients that I don't care to consume, especially when I can just sub in the 10% yogurt. I'm not proposing cooking or baking with it, per se, but just to sub for sour cream as a topping (i.e. borscht, baked potatoes).

          1. re: 1sweetpea

            I had Liberte awhile back but now I hear they were bought out by General Mills and not as good. I didn't realize the difference in brands was so great.

            1. re: coll

              I'm pretty sure that only the US consumers are affected by that buyout. The Liberte products that are actually produced in Quebec are still of the same high quality ... for now.

              1. re: 1sweetpea

                Everything changes and nothing stays the same. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse!

                But I AM fascinated with the jump from 1 or 2% right up to 9 or 10% Can't figure it out from the nutritional label.

                1. re: coll

                  In Greece, some yogurt has 18 or even 20% fat. 10% is more than enough for me. After using it for a while, I can't go back to the non-fat or even low-fat stuff. The texture is all wrong and they taste comparitively bitter.

                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                    Fage used to be so good when it came from Greece to us here in NY. Now, eh, not so much, even though it is made locally. Better than Dannon though!

                    1. re: coll

                      I take it back: I just brought some gyros to a party, and made my tzatziki sauce with what I had on hand: one Fage Total 6 oz and two Chobani, either 0 or 1% fat, 5 oz. It seemed so thick to me, even though it was only 1/3 of the full fat, but people were raving that it was the best they ever tasted, because it was so rich. I came home and made a note on my recipe card!

          2. re: coll

            In NJ I can buy full fat Fage at A&P and Super ShopRite. It's easy to miss the difference in labeling. TOTAL only says total on the container.

            Also, I tend to ask the Dairy case Mgr for assistance whenever I don't see something in case the crew hasn't unpacked product from back to front yet.

            1. re: HillJ

              Oh I can get it here easily enough. I didn't realize this was about Canada, and am surprised there are so many different great brands I never heard of here.

          3. Loblaws PC Greek Yoghurt carries a 9% variety which should satisfy your needs.

            1. Costco and Michaelangelo carries the 10% Skotidatkis and it's very delicious!

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              1. re: Nevy

                which costco is this? ive only seen the kirkland brand and libertie...

                1. re: Pigurd

                  Mississauga South just got them in last week. I believe they are 6.98 for 2 large sized containers

                  1. re: Nevy

                    Hmm. That's news to me too. I'll have to poke around in Windsor and Peterborough, where I'm most likely to hit Costco.

                2. re: Nevy

                  Costco carries the 9% Skotidakis Plain Yogurt. There is no 10% Skotidakis, but there is a 0% and a 2% that Costco does not sell.

                  I think the 9% Skotidakis Plain Yogurt is the best there is. I had never seen it at Costco until last week when I saw 2 x 500g packs at the BIlly BIshop Costco (North of Yorkdale). I hope they keep selling it and it was not a one-time thing. They have been selling packages of the one-serve Skotidakis with fruit but I prefer to add my own fresh fruit as the 'fruit' they add is basically jam with tons of sugar in it.

                  Up until now I have been buying the 3 x 500g of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt at Costco as that is the only one they were offering before but it is no match for Skotidakis, party because it is 0% but mainly because of the formulation.

                  1. re: Flexitarian

                    I am on it! I will check out my Costco in Windsor. I have the 2% and the 9% (both Greek style) PC yogurts in my fridge, but haven't taste tested either yet.

                    1. re: Flexitarian

                      As far as I know, Costco has stopped carrying the Skotidakis 9%. Meanwhile, people keep buying up the much inferior 0% like mad, esp. the fruit pack ones. What can you do.

                      I've seen the 9% at Yummy, Whole Foods, and Highland Farms.

                      1. re: Chester Eleganté

                        I thought so too when I went last week to the North York Billy Bishop Way store as I could not find it. But I kept looking and found that they changed the packaging from shrink wrapped plastic to a paper cover, so it looked different. It has the same two tubs inside, for $6.99. It was also in a different area of the cooler.

                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                          It's still available at the Mississauga South and Etobicoke site!

                          1. re: Nevy

                            That's good, as I didn't see it in Markham. But I mentioned this cuz when I asked Skotidakis they said they were no longer shipping to Costco, so perhaps whatever's left is all there is. We'll see soon enough.

                            1. re: Chester Eleganté

                              Odd they said they are no longer shipping to Costco yet there is new packaging. I can't imagine they changed the packaging because they ship these 2-packs to someone else.

                              Did they specifically say it was the 9% they were no longer shipping as they certainly are still shipping all of their other products.

                          2. re: Chester Eleganté

                            Went again to the North York Billy Bishop Costco last Friday and they had a whole new batch of the Skotidakis 9% plain yoghurt, both in plastic and in paper packaging.

                            It can't be true that they are no longer shipping to Costco as this was a new batch.

                            1. re: Flexitarian

                              Well it looks like it is true. I went to the North York Costco on Billy Bishop Way yesterday and they no longer have Skotidakis 9% plain yogurt. arghhh. Odd that they only carried it for a couple months. All they have now is that comparatively watery Libertr 0% plain yogurt.

                              1. re: Flexitarian

                                If you're willing to trek to the west end, they still have a healthy stash of the Skoti 9% at the Etobicoke Islington.