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Dec 19, 2013 09:10 AM

I thought this sh*t was suppose to be good for you?????

Whole foods is pulling Chobani Greek Yogurt from it's shelves...?

See.....that's why I never touch that "health food" stuff, that shit's going to kill you!!

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  1. Gotta love the whole health food scam. America's a great country.

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      1. re: MVNYC

        A claim that food is healthier because it is free of GMOs is either a scam or a delusion.

        1. re: GH1618

          All things being equal I'm taking non GMO - if only they would label it so I could be sure :D

          sorry couldn't help myself, I know there is a GMO thread going on somewhere around here . . .

          1. re: GH1618

            I guess there are two ways to look for the scam in this case. First, as you have said: food claims to be free of GMO is the healthy choice -- Scam. Second, food labeled to be healthy turned out to be made from GMO -- Scam.

            In the first case, Whole Food supermarket is the scammer. In the second case, Chobani is the liar.

            What I can say is that I have 5 Chobani in my refrigerator. I am too late.

          2. re: MVNYC

            Big difference between "health food" and healthy food.

          3. re: beevod

            It is a scam. And Whole Foods is right up there with the best of them!

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Have you bought your New Years detox kit from WF yet? :)

          4. There's nothing in the article stating that WF is pulling Chobani because it's not "good for you". More likely they are pulling the product because of the lack of exclusivity of the brand: "Part of the decision might be fueled by Whole Foods' push to phase out foods that use genetically modified ingredients. But it's also about offering more exclusive and organic products. Chobani is now available in most supermarkets."

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            1. re: janniecooks

              Agreed. Whole Foods is not very competitve on staples and such. If Chobani is avbalable at the local Supermarket, most shopers will get it there and save the nickle. Brown Cow is a better fit for them in this regard. The may throw GMO out there as a reason. But I bet but the bottom line is the driving force here.

            2. My understanding (from media reports) is that they are pulling it because it relies heavily (if not exclusively) on GMO fed dairy and Chobani doesn't have current plans to change that.

              What is interesting is that WF is still carrying other yogurts (apparently) that also use GMO fed dairy - so it does make you think that there is more to the story - bad margins maybe?

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              1. re: thimes

                It might also be the bad press and just plain bad strategy Chobani had this year in regards to a recall scandal. People were telling the company they had exploding pots of yoghurt but Chobani kept claiming nothing was wrong even as major news outlets were doing articles about it. They finally had to admit it was a mold problem that affected *HUGE* amounts of shipments that were on the shelves but it took about 3 weeks for them to admit it. References:

                "Chobani Recall 2013 Update: FDA Reports Nearly 300 People Sickened By Tainted Yogurt, As Company 'Sidesteps Questions'"

                "FDA: Idaho knew Chobani yogurt was tainted before recall"

                They really screwed up and I can see that affecting the relationship with Whole Foods big time.

              2. Whole foods has pledged to remove all foods w/o non--GMO labeling by 2018. They pulled Chobani because that company uses milk from cows that eat GMO feed, Whole Foods will now partner with Stoneyfield organic Greek yogurt.


                It's not a scam.

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                1. re: Gio

                  And yet Stoneyfield seems to have reformulated a lot of their yogurts to sugar laden crap. I no longer eat Stoneyfield myself. They went the same route General Mills did with Liberte. SIGH.

                  IMO the GMO thing is a red herring. I don't like Monsanto and how they abuse GMO technology in unwise manners but there's nothing NOTHING inherently wrong with GMO products, some hold great promise like the GMO rice being developed that is high in Vitamin A.

                  1. re: HokieAnnie

                    What did Stoneyfield use to flavor their yogurts before? Savory spices?

                    In my experience there two kinds of yogurt - plain and sweetened. If you don't want sugar (or an equivalent) get plain. Flavored is going to have a lot of sugar, regardless of whether it is generic, greek, nonfat, organic or non-gmo.

                    1. re: paulj

                      There's sweetened yogurt and there's sweetened yogurt. There are flavored yogurts that have less sugar than others and I prefer them that way. Plain yogurt is too bland but good fruit to mix in isn't always in season nor do I always have the time or motivation in the morning to prepare a special yogurt so grabbing a single serve already flavored is what I do.

                      1. re: HokieAnnie

                        Frozen fruit works well in plain yogurt. I use blueberries.

                        1. re: GH1618

                          And I hate blueberries ;-P My fave mix in is springtime strawberries from the farmer's market or raspberries.

                        2. re: HokieAnnie

                          Considering that 99% of the time I'm buying plain I really don't care what their sugar source or amount is. On the other hand I'm sick and tired of 99% of yogurt in most of my local supermarkets being non fat.

                      2. re: HokieAnnie

                        Before being sold to whichever conglomerate bought it, Stonyfield Farms plain whole milk yogurt with the cream on top was the best yogurt, bar none. Now that particular variety isn't made anymore. Boo hoo. The products under that brand now are indistinguishable from Yoplait, Dannon, and all the rest of the mass market yogurts. How long before Fage goes the same way?

                        1. re: janniecooks

                          Have you tried Kalona Supernatural? I don't know about their yogurt (not available here), but all of their other products are cream top.

                          1. re: sandiasingh

                            Never heard of Kalona Supernatural, but now I will be on the lookout. I'm at the mercy of the Fresh Market for things that are not sold at the major chain grocery stores, so if I can get it there I'd certainly try the brand. thanks for sharing.

                            1. re: janniecooks

                              You bet, jannie. They have a FB page and you could ask them if they distribute to Florida. They're pretty responsive.

                            2. re: sandiasingh

                              Kalona is super tasty and is very low in added sugars. Almost half of most other brands.

                        2. re: Gio

                          Implied association of GMO or GMO-based products with some kind of health danger or decreased "healthiness" of the product is a scam.

                        3. Yesterday Dr. Oz singled out a handful of Greek yogurts on the market demonstrating which you should buy for gut health, protein and sweet replacement. Chobani's banana and strawberry Greek wound up in the gut health category.

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                          1. re: HillJ

                            Dr. Oz is a TV quack, not a representative of the scientific or medical community.

                            1. re: Luther

                              And what about Megaman? Is he a quack? :D