Whole Foods to Stop Selling Chobani Yogurt

The grocer and yogurt company part ways

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Whole Foods announced on Wednesday that by early next year, it will stop selling the major yogurt brand, Chobani, in order to make more fridge space for smaller brands, specifically organic brands and those that do not contain GMOs.

By 2018, all foods sold in Whole Foods that contain GMOs will have to disclose it on their labels. According to the Wall Street Journal, since consumer demand for Greek yogurt options has risen in recent years (Greek makes up 45% of all yogurt sales in the U.S.), the store is challenging companies to create more unique options. Chobani uses milk with GMOs, although they do not use ingredients with preservatives and hormones. So Whole Foods will phase out the brand, to “make room for product choices that aren’t readily available” at other stores, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Hamdi Ulukay, Chobani’s founder told the publication that Whole Foods’ 370 stores are not a significant part of the yogurt maker’s sales. “Of course I would love to be available everywhere, but it won’t hurt our business,” he said.

Earlier this year, Chobani suffered a recall of their yogurts due to mold.

[WSJ]

14 comments
skopas67
skopas67

Whoa..!  Hot damn.    I have Chobani in the fridge right now.   I cant believe they would mislead the consumer like this.  Thanks to whole foods for pointing that out.   GMO...is a no, no..now    and should have never happened.  I wont be buying any more of their products.

peggylee7
peggylee7

Boy, I agree with timeteller, now that Whole Foods (I prefer Fresh Market or local) has made me aware, I will no longer buy Chobani yogurt.  And all I get for breakfast is greek yogurt with granola and fruit.  I'd like to know which greek yogurt national brands DO NOT have GMOs and I'd love a list of everything sold in Whole Foods that they know has GMOs.  GMOs KILL

timeteller
timeteller

Hamdi Ulukay might think that Whole Foods is not a significant part of their sales, but  for those, such as me,  who  don't shop at Whole Foods, but thanks to Whole Foods' action, are now aware of the unreported GMOs  and  will stop buying their yogurt.

haehc
haehc

the thing i hate about chobani is that on the packaging it says "all natural" because besides it being very misleading it is also incorrect, if you modify something it isn't in its natural state anymore 

bcinsocal
bcinsocal

Glad Whole Foods is standing up to the GMO pressure from the chemical (now agriculture) industry.


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Openminded1
Openminded1

Whole foods over priced goods, try Trader Joes, or Sprouts far better stores and prices if you have them in your community.

Yoshi
Yoshi

So, is Whole Foods still selling those Chinese-sourced bagged "organic" vegetables that no one could show were actually "organic"? When that story broke a couple years ago, there wasn't any follow up. All hail the self-righteous capitalists at Whole Foods. Their stock is really clawing back up, today as well.

rachaelmarieb
rachaelmarieb

@haehc  Everything is "natural".  Chemicals are natural. Look at the periodic table.  Everything in these foods are considered natural.  Where the miscommunication lies is your understanding (and the average consumer) of the word natural.  All natural does not equate health or goodness.  It is a hoax used to get people to buy their products.  You have been bamboozled by the "all natural" and "chemical free" industry.  Chemicals occur naturally in our environment and in our bodies. 


bcinsocal
bcinsocal

@Openminded1 Neither provide a better organic selection. I don't think Whole Foods is the best but they are far better in their stance on removing GMOs. Trader Joes German roots are sketchy.

virginia_S
virginia_S

@rachaelmarieb Agreed. Our bodies even naturally produce formaldehyde.

Most of the plant-matter in our environment would not be edible to us if it hadn't been genetically-modified by decades of selective planting and harvesting. Ever tried to eat wild apples? There's not a difference, safety-wise, between eating foods that have been genetically-modified the old, slow way by selective breeding versus foods that have been genetically-modified the fast way, by direct manipulation of genes.

rachaelmarieb
rachaelmarieb

@AlecSangria @haehc  GMO's are natural and some can be organic.  Organic (not Carbon based kind) means that there are no pesticides.  So if they do not put pesticides, then yes they are organic.