Greek yogurt giant Chobani has been forced to postpone its nationwide launch plans in Canada after external “circumstances” led to a delay in its plans to build a manufacturing facility in the country.
The top five news stories of this year take the reader right across the dairy industry - from Danone’s latest efforts to rejuvenate fresh dairy consumption in Southern Europe to Chobani’s continuing dominance of the US yogurt market.
Greek yogurt giant Chobani has opened what it claims is the world’s largest yogurt factory - a one million square foot plant in Twin Falls Idaho and its second domestic manufacturing facility - following a $450m investment.
A Minnesota federal judge has thrown out a class action lawsuit alleging that General Mills’ Yoplait Greek yogurts do not meet the regulatory definition of yogurt on the grounds that this is up to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to decide.
Civil litigation against Greek yogurt giant Chobani over its use of the term ‘evaporated cane juice’ to describe sugar (dried cane syrup) is about to move into a new phase with a second amended complaint in the Kane v Chobani case due today.
The rush to build new capacity in the US yogurt sector - largely driven by the Greek yogurt boom - could put pressure on prices in the short term, although things should even out over time, predicts Yoplait-maker General Mills.
The second class action lawsuit in six months to question whether a Greek yogurt brand meets the legal standard of identity for yogurt in the US has been filed in California against Agri-Mark subsidiary Cabot.
Muller Quaker Dairy, the joint venture between PepsiCo and the Germany-based Theo Müller Group, has broken ground on its first US yogurt manufacturing plant – less than a month after entering the market.