A HINT OF CHOBANIIntroducing A Hint of Chobani – 5.3 oz. A simply crafted natural Greek yogurt from Chobani made with hand-selected varietal fruits and nourishing spices for a crafted approach to wellness and taste. Mildly sweet taste. Naturally low sugar and high protein – nothing artificial. Non-GMO, No Rbst Available in five delicious flavors: Madagascar Vanilla Cinnamon Wild Blueberry Monterey Strawberry Gili Cherry Alphonso Mango Look for A Hint of Chobani in the Chobani section of the Dairy aisle. Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist We arrive at the Chobani plant, and find trucks busily rolling in and out, the sun glancing off shining clean silver milk silos. The first thing I learned – the facility was originally a cheese plant, built in 1920. Sustainably re-purposed for Greek yogurt production, the current plant has grown to three different sections, restoring and expanding jobs in this small upstate New York community. Our tour guides are Darrell Williams, Senior Quality Control Manager, and Dr. Robert Post, Senior Director, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs. The name “Chobani” means shepherd in Greek. The company values are written, literally, on the wall, and evident in every creamy, yummy mouthful of Greek yogurt. We suit up in sanitary and safety gear (my favorite look, hair nets and hard hats), and follow Darrell and Robert as they share their work – crafting Greek yogurt is a relatively simple process that yields a wholesome food, but the scale of the operation separates the company from many others. They also educate us all with great energy and passion – sharing insight into how each activity and method serves the consumer and ensures a premium, delicious product. That local milk from Terry Ives’s farm enters the plant in a secure area, where it is tested again to be sure there has been no change in quality. Once final testing is done, the milk is transferred into silos, which hold about 500,000 pounds each. Like the milk trucks, the silos are tightly temperature controlled, and routinely sanitized. The operation is also inspected by multiple agencies to ensure food safety comes first. We tour plant process from beginning to end – everything is shining clean, every area focused on a specific task. Milk moves from the silo into processing, where it is separated (cream and milk), pasteurized, homogenized and then moved into yogurt making. Once it is brought to a specific temperature, the yogurt culture is added- five live active cultures, and three strains of probiotics. It takes 3 cups of milk to make 1 cup of Greek yogurt – as the cultures do their work, the proteins are concentrated and the water and whey start to separate. Sustainability at work again, the whey is returned to farmers for agricultural and feeding purposes. Nothing goes to waste – land, water and community are carefully considered. Chobani also works hard to ensure their fruit ingredients are premium – the typical combination of a fruit jam in a tangy base is part of what has grown Greek yogurt popularity – Americans want more wholesome foods with a lot of flavor, and Chobani delivers on both counts. Plain Greek yogurt is tangy and lends itself to many savory recipes, as an ingredient in sauces, casseroles and soups. Check out the savory side of Greek yogurt with these delicious tips and recipes! Simple substitution – plain Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream in dips, sauces and baked good recipes. http://pricechopper.com/recipes/11413/Greek-Garden-Pasta-Salad http://pricechopper.com/recipes/8357/Toasted-Sesame-Seed-Crusted-Lamb-Meatballs-with-Sweet-Harissa-Yogurt-Sauce http://pricechopper.com/recipes/8500/Lamb-Meatballs-with-Mediterranean-Dips http://tobyamidornutrition.com/recipes/5306/roasted – Salmon with dill-yogurt sauce and creamed spinach – with permission, author of the Greek Yogurt Kitchen http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/coconut-shrimp/ http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/creamy-basil-dressing/ http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/mango-lentil-soup/ Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN Senior Nutritionist Dairy farming is New York State’s primary agricultural industry. It is a tight knit community, and encompasses more than the farm families – dairy milk haulers, the tireless truckers that move milk from farm to plant, are also an integral and symbiotic part of this landscape. Husted Trucking, based a few miles from Terry’s farm, picks milk up from about 200 farms across a 50 mile radius. Thirty-two trucks and experienced drivers maintain this lifeline connection to plants and processors, with Chobani receiving a lion’s share of local milk. As part of our day, we met the company’s second generation owners, David and Penny. Their son, the third generation, is on the runway, working in the office while we learn more about their operation. David started working with his father hauling milk cans in 1953. Like farming, milk transportation gets no days off – no weekends, no weather can interrupt the schedule. Dairy farms are located on narrow, uneven back roads – drivers must be dedicated and very skilled, navigating through rain, sleet or snow. Drivers are also part of the quality and safety team – every milk load is tested. Drivers take samples from the farm holding tank, and the milk is tested again before it enters the plant to be sure there is no quality issue. The management team works with brokers to direct and deliver fresh milk orders that change daily. The trucks take milk to the plants, and the leftover whey back to the farms – a sustainable circle that promotes land and animal health. The truck are washed and sanitized after they deliver the milk to the plant. The whole system is regularly inspected– local, state and federal agencies all have a role. Regionally, farms collectively manage their food safety and must pass all inspections or they lose their market – their ability to sell their milk. All of these regulatory requirements ensure a safe supply chain from cow-to-cup. Commitment and collaboration rise like cream to the top of this discussion – David’s dedication to his team, longstanding working relationship and friendship with Terry, and pride in their company’s heritage and role are evident. The boxes are always checked, the additional work done, the extra mile driven to protect their cargo and deliver it safely and efficiently to its destination. Three cups of milk make one cup of Greek yogurt. To highlight this part of our tour, we have some wonderful recipes to sip (or slurp!) and transform Greek yogurt into a delicious smoothie. Check them out, and tell us which one is your favorite! Pack a delicious, protein punch – substitute Greek yogurt in recipes and power up taste and nutrition. Check the blog next week for the rest of our Greek yogurt tour with Chobani! http://pricechopper.com/recipes/9177/Cranberry-Berry-Smoothie http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/berry-banana-smoothie/ http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/mango-liquados/ http://www.chobani.com/culture/recipes/pina-colada-simply-100-smoothie/ http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/pineapple_green_smoothie.html http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/strawberry_banana_protein_smoothie.html Written by Jane N. Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs
CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT OATSA new Greek Yogurt, Chobani Oats, is a deliciously satisfying hearty start to your day. Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats blends creamy authentically strained Greek Yogurt with real fruit and steel-cut whole oats for a flavorful filling combination of protein and fiber. With 10 grams of protein, 8 grams of whole grain and as much fiber as a serving of instant oatmeal, it is sure to sustain you. Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats is available in four flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Banana Maple and Cranberry. Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats is made with all natural ingredients and is Gluten Free. Look for Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats in the Dairy aisle.
CHOBANI SIMPLY 100 GREEK YOGURTNature’s Got Your Number Made. Not Modified Natural Ingredients. Not just nutritious. Artful recipes. Not artificial ingredients. Product Attributes: No Artificial Sweeteners
- No Artificial Flavors
- No Preservatives
- Only Natural Ingredients
- 100 calories, 0% fat, 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber