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Chobani serves up new varieties

BY Ryan Chavis

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Chobani, a Greek yogurt brand, announced the addition of six new products to its portfolio, which includes such products as Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats, Chobani Indulgent and Chobani Kids.

The six new products will join the Chobani lineup starting June 2014:

  • Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats is a strained Greek yogurt mixed with real fruit and whole grain steel-cut oats. It’s available in such flavors as banana maple, apple cinnamon, blueberry and cranberry;
  • Chobani Indulgent marks the brand’s first dessert product. Chobani Indulgent takes full-fat Greek yogurt and combines it with all-natural ingredients. Varieties include Dulce de Leche, Raspberry Dark Chocolate Chunk, Mint Dark Chocolate Chunk and Banana Dark Chocolate Chunk flavors;
  • Chobani Kids features low-fat plan Greek yogurt and real fruit and such flavors as grape and watermelon that kids will enjoy;
  • Chobani Seasonal adds a seasonal twist to the company’s core line, with limited flavors that refresh each season. Consumers can expect Watermelon and Pink Grapefruit flavors this summer, with fall flavors to be announced in the future;
  • Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt in Key Lime and Pineapple Coconut is a low-calorie option for weight managers seeking a light yogurt; and
  • Chobani Kitchen, which is made with 4% whole milk, is geared toward consumers looking to incorporate full-fat dairy products into baking recipes and as a topping on baked potatoes and chile.

 

“We’ve always believed that if we can’t do something better, we won’t do it at all. With our new products and innovations, we are extending the way people enjoy Greek Yogurt in America and bringing better food to more people,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani founder and CEO. “We’re just getting started.”

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L’Oréal appoints Merck Serono’s CEO to board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

DARMSTADT, Germany and PARIS — President and CEO of Merck Serono, Belén Garijo, has been appointed an independent director of L’Oréal.

Garijo was appointed to the four-year term during L’Oréal’s 2014 Annual General Meeting held Thursday in Paris.

Garijo is a doctor specializing in clinical pharmacology and internal medicine. She joined Merck Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck, in 2011. During her 25-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, she has held diverse senior functions in a number of countries. She worked in research for eight years before moving to commercial functions of increasing responsibility. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, she worked for six years as a practicing physician.

 

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Study: Mondays may be ‘mini New Year’s’ with regard to healthier behaviors

BY Michael Johnsen

SAN DIEGO — A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzing weekly patterns in health-related Google searches reveals a recurring pattern that could be leveraged to improve public health strategies.

Investigators from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, Johns Hopkins University and the Monday Campaigns analyzed "healthy" Google searches (searches that included the term healthy and were indeed health-related, e.g., "healthy diet") originating in the United States from 2005 to 2012. They found that on average, searches for health topics were 30% more frequent at the beginning of the week than on days later in the week, with the lowest average number of searches on Saturday.

This pattern was consistent year after year, week after week, using a daily measure to represent the proportion of healthy searches to the total number of searches each day.

"Many illnesses have a weekly clock with spikes early in the week," said SDSU’s John Ayers, lead author of the study. "This research indicates that a similar rhythm exists for positive health behaviors, motivating a new research agenda to understand why this pattern exists and how such a pattern can be utilized to improve the public’s health."

Joanna Cohen, a co-author of the study and professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, added, "We could be seeing this effect because of the perception that Monday is a fresh start, akin to a mini New Year’s Day. People tend to indulge in less healthy behaviors on the weekend, so Monday can serve as a ‘health reset’ to get back on track with their health regimens."

"It’s interesting to see such a consistent and similar rhythm emerging from search data," said Benjamin Althouse, study co-author and Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. "These consistent rhythms in healthy searches likely reflect something about our collective mindset, and understanding these rhythms could lead to insights about the nature of health behavior change."

Results showed that search volumes on Monday and Tuesday were 3% greater relative to Wednesday, 15% greater than Thursday, 49% greater than Friday, 80% greater than Saturday and 29% greater than Sunday.

The team also examined whether media exposure could be driving this weekly pattern. Co-author Mark Dredze from Johns Hopkins said, "We tested this hypothesis by monitoring the daily frequency of news stories encouraging healthy lifestyles, but those stories actually peaked on Wednesdays and were statistically independent of healthy searches."

According to the published paper, "understanding circaseptan rhythms around health behaviors can yield critical public health gains. For instance, government-funded health promotion programs spend $76.2 billion annually and their cost-effectiveness can be improved by targeting the population on weekday(s) when more individuals are contemplating health habits."

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