Chobani donating ‘Olympic’ yogurt to food banks

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Chobani will donate more than 5,000 cups of fresh Greek yogurt – originally intended for Team USA athletes competing in Sochi, Russia – to food banks in New York and New Jersey.

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"As a proud supporter of the Olympics and Team USA over the past four years, we're disappointed our athletes won't be able to enjoy Chobani while they compete in the games as we all hoped, and are deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there, especially Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and various officials here at home," said Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer, Chobani. "It's been a long, cold winter and we're happy incredible organizations in New York and New Jersey, who share our vision to provide nutritious foods, will be able to serve fresh cups of Chobani to those in need. We'll be waiting for our athletes when they come home while cheering them on every step of the way," he added.

As the official yogurt of the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, chefs and nutritionists have served Chobani to athletes in the U.S. Olympic Training Centers during the past several months. Chobani intended to deliver 5,000 fresh single-serve cups of blueberry, strawberry and peach Chobani, and multi-serve containers of plain Chobani yogurt for smoothies, to Team USA athletes in Sochi, and had been waiting for the final go-ahead to transport the yogurt.

For years, Chobani has frequently donated products to organizations in New York and Idaho and through its Foundation is actively focused on making good food more accessible to all, especially youth and underserved communities. Since Chobani's earliest days, it has made a pledge to give 10% of its profits to charity and supports grassroots organizations all over the world. Chobani will deliver the 5,000-plus units of fresh Greek Yogurt intended for Team USA to Saint John's Soup Kitchen in New Jersey and Food Bank For New York City.

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texas  |  February, 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Why would anyone think you could just haul in tons of food into a foreign country without going thru their rules of import??? Smells like a publicity stunt...

USA  |  February, 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Not a stunt. They had supplied the team while they were training, and were sending the yogurt to maintain consistency in training regimen. They have been attempting for quite a while now to get approvals through the Russian government for shipment, but they refused. I think you need to get your smeller checked.

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Mudville  |  February, 13, 2014 at 08:00 PM

...if it wasn't made in Greece, it can't be called Greek!!

USA  |  February, 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM

"...if it wasn't made in Greece, it can't be called Greek!" Really? So, we can't call it Dutch cocoa, German chocolate cake, Italian ices or Swedish butter cookies either... You're a stooge.

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