According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Greek yogurt is becoming a refrigerator staple as consumers seek healthy, “authentic” foods, even though it’s often pricier. In fact, Greek yogurt now accounts for a quarter of the sales in the total yogurt market. In an article posted by the Los Angeles Times, Greek yogurt, overall, has had one of the fastest growth spurts the food and beverage industry has seen in years.
A recent social media post introducing Yasso’s Greek yogurt smoothies sparked a lot of discussion around Greek yogurt and its newfound popularity. Greek yogurt is on an accelerated growth spurt and many popular brands are modifying their products to keep up.
The increase in popularity behind Greek yogurt led to Ben & Jerry’s latest introduction of their new line of frozen treats. According to their recent press release, four new flavors contain real Greek Yogurt. The new flavors of yogurt, still regarded as indulgent desserts, reap the benefits of containing real Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is made through a traditional straining process allowing more of the whey to drain out, leaving a thicker, smoother yogurt that’s high in protein and low in fat.
Expect to see more brands incorporating Greek yogurt into their health and wellness products. There always seems to be at least one “Celebrity Ingredient” in the market and Greek yogurt looks to be it for 2012.