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Sep 3, 2013 08:33 PM

Greek Yogurt ... an invasive species?

Well, obviously, no.

But apparently Greek yogurt is crowd-spacing away other dairy type products on supermarket shelves.

From the WSJ, in an article titled "The Greek Yogurt Culture War
It's Crowding Out Classic Flavors and Others in the Dairy Case; Bye Bye, Margarine""

Over a third of the yogurt in a typical grocery store is now Greek, in varieties from low-fat to fruit-on-the-bottom to tubes for kids. Because shelf space is limited, the Greek squeeze means consumers have had to say goodbye to some varieties of traditional-style yogurt and more obscure flavors. (R.I.P. Stonyfield Farm's Whole Milk White Chocolate Raspberry and Strawberry Acai flavors.) Pudding cups, margarine and other products with the misfortune of usually sitting near yogurt also are harder to find.

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  1. Well, as long as the cultures are live, it's all good, in my opinion, and as long as they aren't polluting the earth with the leftover whey, that was an issue with one of the companies, I don't remember which one. Why can't there be a whoe lot of excellent uses for whey?
    But I stand by my original statement, unless somebody can tel me how farkjing polluted my views are.

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    1. re: EWSflash

      It's Chobani with a whey issue...and it's still at issue.

      As for the market shelves, supply & demand I would guess. Greek yogurt is a food trending big time now. Standard yogurt makers have switched their own product development and marketing to compete. Some brands even sound alike in brand name.

    2. It's a quandary.

      Many yogurts were high sugar, high calorie milk jello's. Tasty? Sure! But healthy? Not so much.

      Greek yogurt with it's higher protein content LOOKS healthier. But if it's hard for folks to eat, is it healthier then? Really?

      I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Meantime I'll eat my Fage from Costco, and hope...

      1. I don't know. I still see plenty of crap yoghurt on the shelves of "regular" (not Whole Foods kind of places) grocery stores. The other day I was in a "regular" kind of store and saw a woman buying yoghurt for her daughter - a kid about 5 yrs old who was sitting in the cart. And to my astonishment, they were looking at yoghurt that was filled with M&Ms! They ignored anything that might be healthier. And no, this was not a Honey BooBoo family. This was an upscale Mom in an upscale area. Great message for your kid - all snacks must have cheap, sugary crap in them. Don't like M&Ms? Then you can buy the variety with Fruity Pebbles, Butterfingers, Chips Ahoy, Oreos....pathetic.

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        1. re: Just Visiting

          What's wrong with M&Ms?

          They melt in your mouth, not in your hands.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Hey, I got through college and law school on M&Ms and Sunshine Hydrox (RIP). Read another page, you can have another cookie. Love 'em both but let's face it, junk junk junk. Giving kids sugary snacks and candy is setting them up for bad eating habits as adults and let me just say that I'm exhibit one. Come home from school and you are greeted with a WingDingYodelTwinkieHoHoKrimpets....and not an apple. Hello, statins and Weight Watchers!

        2. I think the real invasive species is "nonfat" yogurt, which to me is just insipid stuff. Some stores I frequent carry little or no _plain_ low fat or full fat yogurt (greek or otherwise) in single serving sized containers. Frustrating!

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          1. re: The Professor

            I totally agree with you, the WalMart closest to us has NO full fat yogurt, ever, What a waste of space that NF toxic garbage is, especially the artificially sweetened stuff!

            1. re: The Professor

              I must say I like nonfat, er... especially Greek nonfat, which is still plenty thick. I don't enjoy the taste of full-fat milk, but I know i'm the exception.
              However, I totally agree with you. I buy full-fat yogurt for my toddler, who is a picky eater and eats very little and thus can use the extra calories and fat from the FF versions. And it's so annoying not to be able to find it always (this applies not only to yogurt, but also to milk).

            2. Ha! Interesting article, thanks for posting. It's not good if it's crowing out other products, I suppose... but I love Greek yogurt. I was never a fan of regular yogurt because it's too tart for my taste. Greek yogurt is so smooth not just in texture but also flavor. I'm happy to have so many Greek yogurt choices, but I hope it doesn't become its own monopoly.