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Victor Martino | 17 Aug 2017

In a US packaged food market that has struggled for growth for much of the last decade, the yogurt category has been a success story, driven by the rise of Greek-style products, itself a segment propelled by one business - Chobani. However, 2016 saw the growth of the category and of Greek specifically grind to a halt. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino argues Greek will remain the dominant force in US yogurt but he observes a jostling for position as yogurt makers look for the next wave of growth.


Dean Best | 11 Dec 2015

Just three years after PepsiCo and Muller launched their bid to capture part of the US yoghurt market, the companies have thrown in the towel. Dean Best believes the companies did not create distinct enough products to succeed in a competitive category.


Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2015

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the only manufacturer working to expand its branded retail presence, particularly in "treat" or gifting categories. Katy Askew looks at the benefits branded retailing offers food manufacturers. 


Dean Best | 4 Aug 2014

Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to battle. However, could large food companies be losing some of the advantage gained from their size?

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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.


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.

Latest News

just-food.com | 21 Sep 2018

This week, the more eye-catching new products announced to market include Nestle taking some of its breakfast cereals into the organic category, high-protein, no-added sugar yogurts from Chobani in Australia and the first chilled milk product from the UK's Good Hemp.


Simon Harvey | 20 Sep 2018

Hamdi Ulukaya, the entrepreneur behind the innovative Greek-style yogurt business Chobani, says he would never consider selling the US company he founded more than a decade ago to a global food heavyweight after a number of approaches in recent years.


Simon Harvey | 18 Sep 2018

US yogurt maker Chobani has unveiled six participants for its autumn incubator programme, which supports start-up businesses through investment and mentorship.


Dean Best | 11 Sep 2018

Tim Brown, Chobani's president and COO, has left the US-based dairy business, with no plans to fill the positions.


just-food.com | 7 Sep 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of a range of vegetarian meals from Birds Eye in the UK, Mars' confectionery brand M&M's moving into cakes and Tine's foray into plant-based foods.


just-food.com | 9 Aug 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dean Best | 2 Jul 2018

Chobani has seen private-equity firm TPG exit its shareholder roster, with the US-based dairy business announcing fresh investment from Canadian pension fund Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan.


Andy Coyne | 12 Mar 2018

US yogurt maker Chobani has unveiled the start-up businesses which will make up the 'class' in the third version of its domestic incubator programme.


Dean Best | 8 Feb 2018

US-based yogurt maker Chobani has named its picks for its incubator programme in Australia.


Andy Coyne | 29 Nov 2017

New York State-based yogurt maker Chobani has revealed an image makeover and unveiled plans to diversify into new products.


Simon Harvey | 26 Sep 2017

US yogurt maker Chobani has selected seven start-up enterprises to join its so-called incubator programme, the second wave of businesses to join the project since it was launched last year.


Andy Coyne | 6 Sep 2017

Chobani, the US yogurt maker, has launched a second food incubator - this one in Australia.


Richard Siddle | 28 Jun 2017

US-based yogurt manufacturer Chobani has launched its first product outside the Greek-style segment in its domestic market.


Helen Arnold | 10 May 2017

US yoghurt maker Chobani, which last year launched an incubator programme for six start-up food businesses, is to hold the scheme again and has invited applications for consideration.


Dean Best | 7 Mar 2017

Former Nestle executive Tim Brown has been hired by Chobani to become the Greek-style yogurt producer's president and COO.


John Shepherd | 6 Dec 2016

US yogurt giant Chobani has confirmed COO Kevin Burns is to leave the company later this month.


Dean Best | 20 Sep 2016

A maker of jerky snacks, a supplier of organic chocolate and a company behind grass-fed bone broth are among the six businesses set to join the "food incubator" set up by US yogurt giant Chobani.


Katy Askew | 30 Aug 2016

Chobani, the largest Greek-style yogurt brand in the US, is expanding its operations by entering the Mexican market with the launch of two lines in the country. 


John Shepherd | 2 Aug 2016

Privately-owned, US-based yogurt maker Chobani is open to investing in entrepreneurial companies it plans to help through its new food incubator programme.


Katy Askew | 17 Mar 2016

Chobani, the US-based Greek-style yoghurt maker, said it plans to enter Mexico and Puerto Rico this year as it detailed a "major expansion" to its manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. 


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2016

Chobani, the US-based Greek-style yoghurt producer, is widening the range of products it sells domestically with the launch of yoghurt drinks and dips.


Dean Best | 1 Mar 2016

Chobani yoghurt is being used in products on sale at McDonald's outlets in southern California.

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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.

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