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Will Whole Foods Phasing Out Chobani Yogurt Impact Local Farmers?


By KMVT News

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Thursday, Idaho’s First News told you about Whole Foods' plan to phase out Chobani Greek Yogurt from their shelves.

They stated that the use of GMO animal feed... or genetically modified feed... is not up to the standards they require for products in their stores.

A lot of Idaho dairy farmers use GMO animal feed.

But with Whole Foods planning to remove Chobani yogurt from their stores...

Will this move impact local farmers here in southern Idaho?

"Last week was the first week that they produced 200,000 cases in one day in the plant here in Twin Falls. They anticipate looking forward, that next year they'll be at 500,000 cases in the same time frame. So we don't anticipate that it's going to have an impact... at all on the demand for the milk supply here in Idaho," explains Bob Naerebout, director of the Idaho Dairyman’s Association.

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya released a statement yesterday on this matter.

He says...."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."

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