Whole Foods recently decided to drop Chobani yogurts from its shelves due to the presence of GMO feed in the milk found in Chobani products.
GMO Inside, a campaign of national non-profit Green America, issued the following statement on December 18:
"We applaud Whole Foods' decision today to drop Chobani yogurts from its shelves. GMO Inside first sounded the alarm about the presence of GMO feed in the milk found in Chobani products in summer 2013. Since then, twenty thousand consumers have taken action to urge Chobani to drop GMOs from its supply chain, and posted comments on Chobani's Facebook page.
GMO Inside encourages consumers to seek out the growing range of non-GMO and organic yogurts and is pleased that Whole Foods will be making more space available on its shelves for these options, particularly when it concerns GMO animal feed in dairy operations. This announcement is further proof that consumer demand is being reflected in the marketplace when it comes to non-GMO alternatives."
Conversely, Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, Inc., maker of America's No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand, made this statement on the same day:
"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."