Chobani donates yogurt to food banks due to Russian resistance

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by Jac Bergenson

*Taken from student blog, Hard Broiled.

Chobani, producer of Greek yogurt, has made a gold-medal decision.

Chobani has brought an end to their quest to ship their yogurt to Sochi, Russia, where the American yogurt company intended to give it to the United States Olympic team. The company had met resistance from the Russian government, who claimed the U.S. Department of Agriculture “failed to provide a necessary certificate under its customs rules,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

Plans for the yogurt have changed as a result, and the company will now donate the yogurt to two food banks in the Metropolitan area, Saint John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark and Food Bank For New York City. In the midst of a blizzard, the yogurt will likely stay at Newark Liberty International Airport, in Newark, N.J., until state of emergencies are lifted in New York and New Jersey.

Five-thousand single-serve cups of blueberry-, strawberry-, and peach-flavored yogurt will make their way to the food banks.  Chobani intends to deliver the cups by Friday, well before they pass their sell-by date.

In a prepared statement, Chobani stated that it was, “deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there, especially Sens. [Charles] Schumer and [Kirsten] Gillibrand and various officials here at home,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive officer.

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