Yogurt is a classic breakfast or healthy snack option that we love. So we decided to break down the most popular yogurt brands and share some cool info about each of them. Read on to learn the difference between Greek and regular yogurt and for a full overview of popular yogurt brands. Trust us, you'll want to "spoon" each and every one of our entries.
Before you take a look at our list of Greek and regular yogurt brands, you should understand the difference between the two products. Yogurt is a fermented milk product that contains healthy probiotics from added bacteria. Regular yogurt is, generally speaking, about half the cost of its Greek neighbor.
Greek yogurt is strained multiple times in order to remove some moisture like lactose and whey. The result of this process is the Greek yogurt we know and love, a creamy, thick, and tangy delight. Additionally, Greek yogurt contains about double the protein of plain yogurt as well as half the carb content and about 50 percent less sodium.
Here are some of the most popular yogurt and Greek yogurt brands:
Chobani, one of the most well-known brands, is a great place to start. Founded by a Turkish immigrant to the United States, this company brought Greek yogurt into the mainstream. Chobani sells a few different types of Greek yogurt, including Blended, Plain, and Savor (a squeezable Greek yogurt). The company also recently introduced a less sugary, less intense Hint Of line.
This popular brand is readily available in most grocery stores. The company also has lots of resources at its disposal for customer satisfaction; an especially helpful tool is its well-built and fully realized online recipe section.
Our next prevalent brand is Siggi's. The company's tagline is "Simple Ingredients, Not A Lot Of Sugar." Siggi's makes Icelandic-style yogurt, or skyr, which is thick, creamy, and high in protein.
Siggi Hilmarsson, who founded the company in 2004, thought Western-style and Greek yogurts were too sweet and contained too many artificial ingredients. He started preparing his own skyr using recipes his mother sent him, and the rest is history.
Siggi's popular products include skyr with no fat, two percent fat, four percent fat, triple cream, and no sugar added. The company also makes filmjolk, a drinkable yogurt, and yogurt tubes for kids. All Siggi's products are made without artificial thickeners, sweeteners, preservatives, colors, or flavors. You can find Siggi's at Whole Foods stores across the U.S.
Noosa's yogurt is a mixture of yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit. Named for the Australian resort area, this company was founded by an Aussie gal and a Colorado farmer who worked together to create their signature creamy yogurt product.
In 2010, Noosa offered four flavors (honey, blueberry, raspberry, and mango) at Colorado-area farmer's markets. Today, its product list has expanded to include options like blood orange, passion fruit, maple, pumpkin, vanilla bean, strawberry, lemon, raspberry lemonade, and coconut, among others. Just last year, Noosa launched its Noosa Mates line of granola plus yogurt, which includes flavors like caramel chocolate pecan and blueberry walnut granola.
Noosa is now available at some Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, Hy-Vee, Kroger, and Family Fare supermarkets. Check out the company's helpful "find Noosa" tool to find this brand near you; it even allows searches by flavor. How cool!
Fage, which is pronounced fa-yeh, is a Greek family-owned company that was founded in 1926 in Athens. Its product line includes Fage Total, an all-natural Greek strained yogurt available in five percent, two percent, and zero percent fat content. Fage also offers a Split Cup option with the base yogurt plus additional toppings; flavors include but are not limited to raspberry, blueberry, key lime, honey, cherry, mixed berry, and pear.
One Fage product we want to highlight is the company's Crossovers line of yogurt blends plus crunchy toppings. The seven indulgent flavors include vanilla with brownie bites, coconut with dark chocolate, and caramel with roasted almonds.
Fage can be found at Target, Walmart, Fresh Thyme, Hy-Vee, and Baker's stores, among others.
Stonyfield offers more products than any other company we've covered so far. An all-organic outfit based in New Hampshire that started as an organic farming school, Stonyfield sells classic Greek yogurt, frozen yogurts, milk and cream, baby food, and drinkable smoothies; it also produces organic cheese sticks, fruit snacks, and strawberry yogurt and graham crackers snack packs.
A bonus: Stonyfield is a certified B Corporation, which means it meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
Danone is a large French food company originally founded in Spain and now known as Dannon in North American markets. It offers over 200 dairy products including many yogurt varieties, such as Light & Fit, Activia, DanActive, Oikos, Fruit On The Bottom, Naturals, Wallaby Organic, and more.
A popular Dannon product is Wallaby Organic's strawberry Greek yogurt; it is smooth and creamy and includes fresh strawberries with some cane sugar and a little bit of lemon juice to brighten it all up.
Danone is the largest certified B Corporation and public benefit corporation in the world.
Voskos is a product of parent company Sun Valley Dairy. It promises "happiness in every spoonful" with its traditional Greek-style yogurt products. Its products are all preservative-free, gluten-free, and free of antibiotics and hormones. Voskos yogurt comes in single-serving, multi-serving, and family-size containers and includes original yogurt, blended yogurt, fruit on the bottom, and nonfat yogurt. The company's bestsellers are its nonfat options in peach, strawberry, and blueberry.
Unfortunately, this company doesn't have nationwide distribution just yet. At this time, it is available in California as well as the Chicago metropolitan area.
One additional thing we want to mention is the very helpful blog on the Voskos website, What's Fresh. Visit it for healthy living inspiration covering much more than just Greek-style yogurt.
Next on our list of well-known yogurt brands is Yoplait, co-owned by U.S.-based General Mills and French dairy co-op Sodiaal. Yoplait is the largest franchise brand of yogurt on Earth and distributes its products on almost every continent.
Products include Original, Light, Whips, Lactose-Free, Girl Scouts, Fruit Side, Mix-Ins, and limited edition seasonal yogurt. Greek yogurt items include Greek 100 Protein and Greek 100 Whips as well as limited edition seasonal options. Yoplait is also known for its popular children's yogurt snacks like Go-Gurt and Kid Cups.
Yoplait items are available at most major grocery stores but not at specialty and health stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Natural Grocers.
Last but certainly not least on our list is Anderson Erickson Dairy, also known as AE Dairy, a small Midwestern company. Based in Des Moines, Iowa with a Kansas City presence too, AE Dairy offers traditional yogurt, milk, ice cream, almond milk, orange juice, cottage cheese, lemonade, buttermilk, and sour cream, among other items. Its yogurt comes in three styles: Low Fat, Whole Milk, and YoLite, a mousse-like fat-free yogurt offering. A customer favorite is the low-fat raspberry yogurt.
AE Dairy's products are currently only available in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota; the company does not currently offer shipping outside its distribution area due to the perishable nature of its products.
We hope you've enjoyed our list of popular Greek yogurt and yogurt brands. Each of these companies offers different products and resources to help you live life to your tastes.