Chobani embarks on transition away from plastics with launch of paper yogurt container

USA – American food company specializing in strained yogurt Chobani is transitioning its Single-Serve Oat Blend yogurt from plastic into a paper-based cup as part of a company-wide initiative to improve the sustainability of its packaging.   Chobani’s paper cup is 80% paperboard, made from responsibly sourced and renewable material, the New York-based company said. The cup has a thin plastic lining to maintain product quality.  The new packaging, which took two years to develop, is expected to reach store shelves late this year, the company said.  “Is this going to solve…

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Kenya’s ice cream, chocolate maker Glacier Products enters yoghurt market, launches new products

KENYA – Glacier Products Ltd, one of Eastern Africa’s leading ice cream and chocolate confectionery manufacturers, has expanded its portfolio with launch of a new line of yoghurt products and biscuit snack in Kenya. Expanding its market share in East Africa’s leading economy, the owner of the famous Dairyland brand is enticing consumers with its new yoghurt containing real fruits. The yoghurt is available in strawberry, vanilla, mango, blueberry, and orange flavors and unique blends of kiwi apple, peach mango, pineapple coconuts etc. coming in uniquely shaped 150ml and 550ml…

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DSM launches new yogurt culture to help manufacturers meet clean label requirements

NETHERLANDS – DSM, a Dutch multinational health and nutrition company, has extended its yogurt culture portfolio to include DelvoFresh YS-042 that helps manufacturers meet clean label requirements without compromising on quality. According to a statement from DSM, the new culture enables dairy processors to create stirred yogurt that stays “extra mild, creamy and thick throughout its shelf life,” without the need for extra texturizers. “Manufacturers can reduce the number of thickening agents and added proteins needed to create a creamy and thick stirred yogurt with the DelvoFresh YS-042 culture,” says…

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Proterra Asia expands presence in dairy sector with new investments in yogurt and oat milk businesses

ASIA – Proterra Investment Partners Asia has expanded its presence in Asia’s dairy sector by investing undisclosed amounts into the high-growth oat milk and yogurt segments. The private equity’s first investment was made into Simple Love (also known as Jian Ai), a fast-growing fresh yogurt brand in China, focusing on the premium low-temperature segment. Simple Love has grown to 2 percent market share (6th largest) in China, with sales growing at a compound annual growth rate of 109 percent over the past five years based on the company’s sales data.…

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Nigeria’s CHI Limited debuts Hollandai Zero Yoghurt with no added sugar, artificial sweeteners and lactose free

NIGERIA – CHI Limited, Nigeria’s leading fruit juice, drinking yoghurt, evaporated milk, and snacks manufacturer, has expanded its nourishment offering with the introduction of Hollandia Zero Yoghurt. The new product is a premium innovative offering that combines the natural taste and nutrition of yoghurt, with unique benefits of Zero Added Sugar, Zero Artificial Sweetener & Zero Lactose. It is also a low-fat drinking yoghurt. “When you look at health trends today, you notice a growing community of consumers seeking to meet their weight goal. We sought ways to appeal to…

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General Mills to achieve full ownership of North America Yoplait business after deal with French dairy Sodiaal

NORTH AMERICA – General Mills has entered into an agreement to sell its 51% stake in Yoplait’s European business to Sodiaal in exchange for Sodiaal’s 49% stake of Yoplait Canada. The deal also involves a  drastic reduction of royalties on sales of Yoplait and Liberté branded yogurt sold in the United States and Canada. According to General Mills, after the transaction closes, the company would completely own North American yogurt operations that generated US$1.4 billion in net sales in the fiscal year 2020. In contrast, the European arm of Yoplait…

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Greek yogurt maker Chobani inks distribution deal with PepsiCo

US –  Chobani, a leading Greek yogurt maker in the US, has signed a distribution deal with U.S. food and beverage PepsiCo in efforts to expand its footprint across the United States. According to a Bloomberg report, the distribution deal being implemented on a pilot basis will see PepsiCo distribute Chobani Complete yogurt drinks and other products to convenience stores, colleges and universities in the northeastern part of the U.S. The Greek yogurt maker said the partnership allows it to use PepsiCo’s robust chilled distribution network, where products are fresher…

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Ugandan based food processor Smart Foods develops innovative plant-based yogurt from soy-milk, coconut

UGANDA – Ugandan dairy and meat alternative development startup, Smart Foods Limited has gotten a Utility Model or 2nd class patent in respect to an invention of a product and process method for yoghurt as result of a unique blending process of soymilk and coconut meat. The intellectual property right aimed to protect the invention was granted to Martin Ssali, Founder and Managing Director of Smart Foods Limited on 22nd December 2020. The innovation by the budding startup came in response to the need to offer alternative milk and meat…

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Convenience, flavours and healthy-living drive growth of drinking yogurt market

Yogurt is a tart, custard like food made from milk curdled by the action of bacterial cultures thus considered as the best source of probiotics. It has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years mainly due to the health benefits associated with intake of probiotics such as improving gut functionality, metabolism, along with immunity boosting. In addition, yogurt is filled with proteins, packed with vitamins, and loaded with bone-building calcium and minerals. To this end health-conscious consumers including both adults and children have been the main drivers for rising…

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Kenyan university in partnership with local dairy launches coffee flavoured yoghurt

Company name: Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Mukurweini Wakulima Dairy Limited, Kenya Product type: Yoghurt Innovation: New product One of Kenya’s leading coffee producing region, Nyeri County has introducing coffee flavoured yoghurt in the market. The new product dubbed, Royal Coffee Flavoured Yoghurt, was launched by an institution of higher learning in Kenya known as Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) in partnership with Mukurweini Wakulima Dairy Limited (MWDL), a local dairy cooperative society. “DeKUT signed a license agreement with MWDL towards industrial scale production and marketing of natural coffee flavoured yoghurt in…

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