NEW YORK — Whole Foods Market is pulling Chobani yogurt from its shelves next year, instead offering more yogurt from small or organic companies, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.
Whole Foods’ move was due to Chobani’s genetically modified ingredients policies, the report contended. Chobani sources milk from cows fed genetically modied feed.
“Though we have very limited distribution within Whole Foods, they have been an important partner of ours over the years,” Chobani’s founder Hamdi Ulukaya said in a media statement.
“As the number one Greek Yogurt brand in America using only natural ingredients, we share an affinity with Whole Foods and its shoppers. We know our fans love buying our products in their stores and we hope to continue our partnership moving forward.”
GMO Inside, a campaign aimed at requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, was supportive of the reports about Whole Foods.
“GMO Inside first sounded the alarm about the presence of GMO feed in the milk found in Chobani products in summer 2013. Since then, twenty thousand consumers have taken action to urge Chobani to drop GMOs from its supply chain, and posted comments on Chobani’s Facebook page,” the campaign said in a press release.
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