Chobani’s Commitment to Using Only Natural Ingredients

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Our focus on making delicious, nutritious, and accessible products using only natural ingredients has allowed us to become America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand.

WHAT ARE THE FACTS?

We only use rBST *free-milk that is not genetically modified[1]

We require our suppliers to certify that every ingredient supplied to us – including the millions of pounds of fruit and dry ingredients used to make our products – have not been genetically modified

We use three pounds of milk to make a single pound of Chobani yogurt, which is how our products get their creamy consistency and high protein content. Our commitment to making yogurt that is accessible and affordable prevents us from relying solely on the limited organic milk supply to make our core products.

SO, WHAT ABOUT ORGANIC?

We’re committed to providing options for everyone, and we know that for some, organic is important. Later this year, we’re proud to be offering a grass fed organic option.

To be certified organic, the USDA requires both the farmland and the cows on that farmland to meet a number of specific requirements. Given this certification process, less than 1% of all U.S. farmland is certified organic, and only 1% of the overall U.S. milk supply is certified organic (according to the USDA).

On average, organic milk costs significantly more than regular milk, which is why organic milk is not an option for every product we make.

WHAT DO THE COWS EAT?

Nearly all U.S. dairy cows are fed a mix of grass and grains, including alfalfa, corn, and soy and approximately 90% of these grains have been genetically modified.

The animal feed provided to dairy cows therefore commonly contains GMOs. However, the milk we use to make our yogurt (and the same milk used by nearly every single dairy company in the U.S.), is not itself considered to be genetically modified according to current regulations.

We’re committed to working with farmers to make strides in the US food supply. We believe that leadership brings responsibility, and that actively taking part in important debates such as those regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply is no exception.

For more information on our commitment to using non-GMO ingredients, click here.

WHAT ROLE IS CHOBANI PLAYING IN MAKING BETTER FOOD FOR MORE PEOPLE?

1. We will lead an active discussion on the U.S. milk supply.

We are committed to supporting the nearly 900 family farmers who work day and night to provide us with fresh milk. We also realize how important our milk supply is to our consumers and to a diverse group of stakeholders. That is why this year, Chobani will convene a series of discussions to drive the conversation forward. We want customers, food policy experts, dairy farmers, grain farmers, retailers, nutrition and health experts, and real food advocates at the table. It’s time that we have an open and honest conversation about ways we can evolve this country’s milk supply – from increasing the number of cows not treated with rBST and improving animal welfare to exploring non-GM feed options. We’ve already begun this process, and we hope this will inspire more dialogue about ways to democratize good food.

We’ve also partnered with Cornell University in a major way, and we plan to continue driving these topics forward.

2. We are strengthening our Supplier Quality Assurance Program.

We are actively developing a more robust Supplier Quality Assurance Program to ensure that we maintain and improve the quality of all our ingredients, including our milk. We’ve already worked with our local farmers to increase the supply of milk that comes from cows not treated with growth hormones, and we are proud of the impact we have made. We will continue to drive constant improvement in our supply chain.

3. We will continue to push for transparency.

Finally, we are taking active strides to be even more transparent. We believe that consumers should know what’s in their food, and the first step to achieve this is through information. Just as we believe in greater access to delicious, nutritious food made with natural ingredients, we believe in access to information so that people can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. Consumers deserve transparency and consistency.

Food policy is complicated. But making good food is simple. We stand by the quality of our products, and we will keep making foods you’re proud to enjoy and serve your family, one cup at a time. Above all, we will stay true to our philosophy that HOW MATTERS™ – how Chobani acts as a company and how Chobani actively engages in honest dialogue with all our stakeholders.


[1] The World Health Organization defines genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.”

[2] According to the FDA, no significant difference has been found between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.