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Chobani spreads wings amid pressure in yoghurt

Dean Best | 23 Apr 2014

With its latest new products, Chobani has signalled its ambitions - but the moves into categories like desserts and oatmeal could also suggest the privately-owned US yoghurt group is feeling the pressure in its core sector.

Comment: Chobani wise to consider stake sale

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

Chobani is the leading US manufacturer in the lucrative, high-growth Greek yoghurt sector. But with rising competition from the larger dairy majors - and Chobani's own growth aspirations globally - the company could well be wise to consider ways to secure a cash injection, Katy Askew suggests.

just-food's review of 2013: Food firms seek growth

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 2014

Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.

Determined Gen Mills faces fierce yoghurt rivalry

Katy Askew | 27 Jun 2013

General Mills, criticised over its US yoghurt business, is stepping up its activity in the sector, with an NPD drive in the next 12 months. However, the company faces rivals also on the front foot, writes Katy Askew.

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Powerful Yogurt pushes on as protein fight deepens

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

In 2012, around the height of the Greek yoghurt boom in the US, Powerful Yoghurt launched with a high-protein product tailored for men. The business has carved out a foothold in a tough market, one that has become more competitive as consumer demand for protein-enriched foods rises. Dean Best caught up with Powerful Yogurt founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez to find out how the company is faring.

SIAL 2014: Greek yoghurt firm Fage targets Europe

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2014

Greek dairy manufacturer Fage is eyeing growth in Europe as the Greek yoghurt craze in the US loses steam. Katy Askew caught up with the company at the SIAL exhibition in Paris to find out more.

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Industry news of week - Chobani, Vinamilk, Nestle

Dean Best | 16 Oct 2015

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, has admitted it is weighing up interest from companies looking at investing in the business - and this week the identity of some purported suitors emerged. Staying in dairy, Vietnam's government is looking to sell its 45% stake in Vinamilk, which dominates much of the growing sector there. And a Friday one-two from Nestle, which cut its forecast for annual sales after a challenging, Maggi-affected third quarter and then confirmed tests in India allow the company to at least resume production of the noodles.

Chobani 'sees Coke bow out; WhiteWave in talks'

Dean Best | 15 Oct 2015

Coca-Cola Co. has reportedly stopped talks with Chobani after deciding the US yoghurt maker did not fit its portfolio.

PepsiCo, Coca-Cola 'battle for stake in Chobani'

Dean Best | 13 Oct 2015

PepsiCo is reportedly vying with arch-rival Coca-Cola Co. to invest in Chobani, the US-based yoghurt maker that has driven the rise of the Greek yoghurt market in the country.

Industry news of week - Russia ban, Maggi ruling

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Russia this week said it would extend its restrictions on food imports to four more countries. In India, the ban on Nestle's Maggi noodles was overturned - although the products will have to be tested again. In the US, Kraft Heinz Co. announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, while co-investor Warren Buffett cooled talk over a bid - in the short term at least - for Mondelez International. And in Europe, Nomad Foods struck a deal to buy Findus Group's operations in seven markets.

Chobani hires advisors after receiving interest

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Aug 2015

Chobani has been approached by parties eyeing a possible investment in the US-based yoghurt maker and has appointed advisors to mull over the interest, just-food understands.

IRI Product Pacesetters 2014: the top 10

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.

Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded tops IRI NPD poll

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Apr 2015

Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded product has been named as the best-selling new food and beverage line in the US during 2014, according to an annual poll by IRI.

Monde Nissin expands in Australia through M&A

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2015

Philippines-based Monde Nissin is expanding its presence in Australia through the acquisition of Menora Foods as part of its drive to become a "significant food and beverage player" in Asia Pacific.

Chobani rolls out pouch Oats line in Australia

Dean Best | 9 Mar 2015

US-based yoghurt group Chobani has launched its Chobani Oats line in Australia in a pouch format.

Chobani launches Tots infant range

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2015

Yoghurt maker Chobani has launched a range targeting children aged one to two in the US.

Monde Nissin "to acquire Menora"

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jan 2015

Filipino conglomerate Monde Nissin is reportedly set to acquire Australian food group Menora Foods.

Food industry news of week: Tesco, General Mills

Dean Best | 9 Jan 2015

Tesco this week claimed it wanted to "regenerate" its relationship with suppliers, with a strategy that looks set to cut the number of SKUs on sale in stores. Meanwhile, speculation emerged Brazilian private-equity firm and Heinz co-owner 3G Capital is looking at further acquisitions in the food industry.

Food industry quotes of week: Tesco, Chobani

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 2015

This week, Chobani refuted claims its CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is being pushed out of his position. Elsewhere, Tesco outlined a new strategy expected to have a profound impact on the companies that supply the retailer. Findus acquired Nestle's Spanish frozen food business La Cocinera and HKScan announced it was axing 95 jobs across two of its sites in Denmark. Here is the week in quotes

CEO Ulukaya not being pushed out, insists Chobani

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jan 2015

Chobani has denied suggestions chairman and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is being pushed out of the company, with the yoghurt maker insisting its founder is leading the search for a new chief executive.

Danone, General Mills, Chobani "mislead parents"

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

Danone, General Mills and Chobani have been accused of "misleading parents" looking for healthier foods into buying yoghurts "loaded with sugar and containing a myriad of questionably safe artificial sweeteners, colours and emulsifiers".

Food industry quotes of week: BRF, UB, Raisio

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2014

Our latest management briefing went live this week, focusing on India's dairy sector and the promise - and pitfalls - of operating in a fast-growing but developing market. We interview the head of Chobani's business in Australia to find out about the US yoghurt group's performance in there and in south-east Asia. And we analysed FrieslandCampina's European operations after two significant announcements this week.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Oct 2014

This week, PepsiCo and Mondelez International announced the launch of new facilities in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Nestle formed a new business unit in a bid to leverage its scale. just-food's Dean Best interviewed Chobani Australia MD Peter Meek who said the yoghurt firm's ambitions in the country and in south-east Asia. We also shone the spotlight on the Indian dairy sector in our monthly management briefing. Here is the week in quotes.

Chobani confident of opening new SE Asia market

Dean Best | 2 Oct 2014

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, expects to enter another market in south-east Asia by the end of the year.

Chobani launches organic Gippsland Dairy range

Dean Best | 3 Sep 2014

Chobani has added to its Gippsland Dairy yoghurt range in Australia with the launch of an organic line.

Chobani rebuked over US ad

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2014

Yoghurt group Chobani has been censured for a US advert that compared the ingredients used in its products with rival lines.

Chobani confirms Malaysia listings

Dean Best | 1 Aug 2014

Chobani has confirmed it has secured listings in Malaysia, the US-based yoghurt group's latest market in Asia.

Latest blogs

Chobani brushes off Yoplait US ad offensive

Dean Best | 23 Jan 2014

Chobani has led the boom in US demand for Greek yoghurt in recent years but its success has attracted rivals - including those with deep pockets - to the category. One, General Mills, has targeted Chobani in taste test ads for its Yoplait brand. Chobani has brushed off the move.

Company research

Global Dairy Food Market: News and Events December 2013

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Global Dairy Food Market: News and Events April 2014

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Greek Yogurt Market in the US: Trends, Size, and Forecast 2015-2019

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Greek yogurt, also known as strained yogurt, is the by-product of milk where the yogurt is strained and whey removed. Greek yogurt has appealed to the American palate, resulting in increased sales of...

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