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February 10, 2022
Chobani recently launched two new dairy platforms, expanding its footprint in the refrigerated aisle: Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk, a lactose-free, protein-packed ultrafiltered milk, and Chobani Half & Half. These new items are made from locally sourced milk and like many of the company's newest products, they come in paper-based packaging that is widely recyclable across the U.S.
The announcement builds on Chobani's mission of making good food for all. The company turned its sights to upgrading the refrigerated aisle in 2019 with the launch of non-dairy Chobani Oatmilk, which was its first foray outside of yogurt. Chobani has continued to innovate, launching products including coffee creamers, ready-to-drink coffee and probiotic drinks.
Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk is lactose-free and has more protein than the market leader Fairlife. It also has half the sugar and 2.5 times more protein than traditional milk, offering more functional benefits to dairy milk consumers.
"With our lactose-free, reduced sugar and protein-packed Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk, we're making dairy accessible to more people and giving consumers a great option to trade up to a more advanced, functional and delicious product," said Peter McGuinness, Chobani President & Chief Operating Officer.
Starting with locally sourced milk, Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk is made using a special filtration process to help remove lactose and reduce sugar by half. It is rich and creamy in texture, an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, and it provides all nine essential amino acids. Available in Whole, Reduced Fat 2%, Fat Free, and Chocolate, Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk is on shelves this month.
The Ultra-Filtered Milk segment, up 17.5% in total Nielsen reported sales, is driving growth in the $1.7 billion Easy-to-Digest Milk segment, which consists of both Ultra-Filtered and Lactose-Free dairy milk.
Chobani also announced the launch of Chobani Half & Half, a new product category for the company and it's on shelves this month. Currently, dairy-based half & half is a $1 billion segment. Chobani, maker of dairy-, oat- and plant-based coffee creamers, continues to elevate the at-home coffee experience by offering both classic Plain and Lactose-Free Half & Half options. Chobani Half & Half products are made simply from farm fresh milk and cream.
"We've seen incredible consumer love for our coffee creamers and they asked us to bring the same craft and quality to dairy-based half & half while offering a lactose-free option as well," continued McGuinness.
The company said consumers can also feel good about the recyclability of the packaging for these new products.
In 2021, Chobani announced its first paper-based yogurt cup and its continued commitment to exploring more sustainable packaging solutions across its portfolio. With the launch of Chobani Ultra-Filtered Milk and Chobani Half & Half, Chobani is adding to its lineup of products using recyclable, paper-based packaging, which also includes its non-dairy oatmilk, cold brew coffee and coffee creamer offerings.
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