Chobani, which operates one of the world’s largest yogurt factories in Twin Falls, is welcoming news that Greek-style yogurt has now been approved for school lunch menus nationwide starting this fall, the Twin Falls Times-News reports. Robert Post, Chobani’s senior director of nutrition and regulatory affairs, told Times-News reporter Nathan Brown he was “thrilled.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees school lunch programs nationwide, started a pilot program offering Greek yogurt as a protein option in the 2013-2014 school year in four states, including Idaho and New York, Chobani’s headquarters, Brown writes; eight more states were added for 2014-2015. Now, based on a positive response from those 12 states, which ordered more than 700,000 pounds of Greek yogurt in 2014-2015, the agency is making the option available nationwide. You can read Brown’s full report here.
Members of Idaho’s congressional delegation were among those urging the USDA to make the pilot project permanent. “It is now obvious the proof was in the yogurt,” Crapo told the Times-News. “We appreciate that Chobani was able to successfully demonstrate the quality of their product.” Chobani already is providing the yogurt for seven of the states that are part of the pilot.