Lawsuit Claims Fage and Chobani Aren’t ‘Real’ Greek Yogurts

Two New York City men are suing yogurt giants, Fage and Chobani for deceptive advertising because they claim that the Greek yogurt they produce is loaded with sugar and not authentic

Lawsuit Claims Fage and Chobani Aren’t ‘Real’ Greek Yogurts
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Does it actually matter if these Greek yogurt brands are real or not?

Fage and Chobani yogurts are in a bit of a sour situation. The yogurt companies are being sued by two New York City men who claim that the companies are practicing deceptive advertising because neither Fage nor Chobani are Greek companies, and the product they produce is inauthentic. In fact, plaintiffs Barry Stoltz and Allan Chang claim that eating a cup of Chobani yogurt “is about as nutritious as eating a fudge ice cream bar.”

Chobani Low-Fat Greek Yogurt has 4 grams of sugar and 3.5 grams of fat, while their Non-Fat Greek Yogurt has zero fat and 4 grams of sugar. In comparison, Fage's 2% Greek Yogurt has 8 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat, while their Total 0% Greek Yogurt has 7 grams of sugar and 0 fat. If you wanted to eat a "fudge ice cream bar" instead as the lawsuit suggests, one Fudgsicle has 9 grams of sugar and 1.5 grams of fat, in comparison. 

But there’s still the question of Greek authenticity. The lawsuit states that Chobani actually has Turkish roots. According to their websites, both Fage and Chobani are US-based companies, and Fage actually started in Greece. 

We have yet to hear back from Fage, but Chobani replied with this statement:

"Our fans understand that equating Chobani to an ice cream bar is like comparing apples and watermelons. Our yogurt is packed with protein, our fruit is real fruit and we have always been committed to making delicious food using only natural ingredients… Our fans also understand that, like English muffins and French fries, Greek yogurt is a product description about how we authentically make our yogurt and not about where we make our yogurt in Upstate New York and Idaho… We have proudly built Chobani on being truly authentic and totally transparent, and fully stand behind our products and our craft. 

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi

 


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The lawsuit is bogus. Chobani is made by straining the finished yogurt through a mechanical process to reduce the naturally occurring liquid. That is the Greek way. The fake Greek yogurts add thickening agents to achieve the right texture. If anything, go after those guys! Chobani and ALL yogurt brands must have nutrition labeling. People just need to open their eyes and use common sense.

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The best thick Greek yogurt is actually Wallaby Organic because they don't make the yogurt with cows that have been injected with hormones or antibiotics. It is rather thick or you can get the creamy kind.. There is no flavor but you add your own... Hate those yogurts that are not blended and you have to stir up the jam yuck! Dairy is fattening period but the real Greek yogurt does have some probiotic benefits one should take a high quality probiotic everyday to clean their gut and balance it so many people are so sick because they have no more probiotics in their gut and this is why they are yeast laden, crave sugar, are fat and have brain fog read the bestseller "The Yeast Connection" I do like Chobani Lime and Lemon however from time to time and Fage had no flavor yogurts now they figured out they better do something as they lose market shares to Chobani with all their flavors Ever notice how Chobani never gets their better flavors in cheap deli locations and 7 Elevens? they get the crappy jam on the bottom ones they need to blend ALL their yogurts jelly on the bottom is so yesterday and cheap

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While we don't know if the plaintiffs have Greek mothers, judging from their last names, neither one of them is an authentic Greek either.

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What a way to waste taxpaying dollars to tie up a court with the stupidity!

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Are french fries from France?

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1. stricter laws need to be implemented to stop frivolous lawsuits. 2. The A-hole comment is from an A-hole. 3. Everything in moderation.

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Mr. Stoltz and Chang are filled with hot air about making nonsense claims against Fage and Chobani. Fage is a genuine Greek yogurt. Instead, they should make their claims against Yoplait being 'Greek" because Yoplait is the most guilty company that made lots of falsehood about their yogurt being 'healthy". Yoplait made numerous false claims about their brand yogurt numerous times.

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I have tried many brands of Greek yogurt and I do not like Chobani. Tasted like flavored wall paper paste.

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I love Chobani and have some in the fridge right now. Think I'll go eat some.

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funny that you have tasted wall paper paste before.......anyway, any GREEK kind of yogurt taste bad....is just because was something new in to buy

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These superficial fairies need to get a life.

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these two guys need to get a life if this is all they have to do !!

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Idiocy. Is Dutch chocolate made in Holland?

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Who cares!!!!!

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Who can eat low-fat yoghurt? You probably also enjoy eating spackle. But try to buy full-fat greek yoghurt; many supermarkets don't carry it!!

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I just buy Costco's Kirkland brand non-fat Greek yogurt, plain flavor, no sugar added, then add some heavy cream and some plain no-sugar-added blueberries and some flax meal. Delicious, healthy breakfast that lasts a long time!

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It doesn't matter where it's concocted. "Greek" is the process and/or type. Many yogurts have a lot of sugar, or you'd just be eating sour cream! Suit is just BS.

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Dannon 80 Calorie Greek Yogurt is the bomb! No sugar, added protein. Black Cherry is addictive!

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No sugar, just artificial sweeteners.

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From what are Dannon's flavors made? They used to be made from petroleum products plus others.

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i dont eat the fruit laden yogurts. they never said how much sugar the non-fruit yogurt has.

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I NEVER considered it made in Greece. DUH........ Refrigerated needs, and limited shelf life ! It'd cost $5 a pop to ship a refrigerated product that HAS to be sold within weeks or thrown out. Imagine if we got milk from overseas? $10-$15 a Gallon?

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You are an asshole

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just who are you referring is an a--hole. Have you been looking in the mirror again?

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What brands of Greek Yogurt ARE real Greek Yogurt?

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