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Chobani Yogurt No Longer Available At Whole Food Stores

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By Paul Johnson

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Chobani Greek yogurt is being phased off whole foods' store shelves.

Chobani says it only uses natural ingredients in its yogurt.

But the company has come under fire from consumer advocacy groups for using milk that comes from cows fed with GMO animal feed.

That's according to a report from the wall street journal.

The announcement by whole foods comes just months after Chobani's recall of Greek yogurt cups because of a mold contamination.

A Whole Foods spokesperson says, “Whole Foods Market is committed to offering shoppers the widest variety of high quality products possible, including new items shoppers simply can’t find anywhere else. As the national demand for Greek yogurt has grown, the number of conventional Greek yogurt options has multiplied. Whole Foods Market challenged its Greek yogurt suppliers to create unique options for shoppers to enjoy – including exclusive flavors, non-GMO options and organic choices. At this time, Chobani has chosen a different business model, so Whole Foods Market will be phasing Chobani Greek Yogurt out of its stores in early 2014 to make room for product choices that aren’t readily available on the market.”

The following statement was made by Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, Inc., "The category we created is expanding rapidly as Greek Yogurt becomes the new standard. Our founding mission is to provide better food to more people. We strongly believe that access to affordable, nutritious, delicious yogurt made with only natural ingredients is a right, not a privilege. We're mass and we're proud of it and consumers everywhere can find our Greek Yogurt at their local stores. These values are what made us the number one Greek Yogurt brand in America.

Though we have very limited distribution within Whole Foods, they have been an important partner of ours over the years. As the number one Greek Yogurt brand in America using only natural ingredients, we share an affinity with Whole Foods and its shoppers. We know our fans love buying our products in their stores and we hope to continue our partnership moving forward."

Chobani is the number one selling Greek yogurt brand in the county.
The company's state of the art production plant opened in Twin Falls last year.

Chobani plans to double production at the plant in 2014.


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