There is no question that a yogurt explosion has hit supermarket shelves, and the train driving the trend is showing no decrease in steam.
New data from Innova Market Insights showed that more than a third of new yogurt launches in 2013 featured some sort of high protein claim. Total U. S. retail sales of yogurt are estimated to reach $7.4 billion at the end of the year, a 6.4% increase over 2011.
Future growth can be attributed to a heightened consumer demand for more nutritious snack options, and it seems that the more yogurt varieties hit the shelves, the more unique flavors the buying public seeks. Yogurt processors are answering the call with new, innovative flavors and products that include indulgence and more protein.
Even though Greek yogurt is driving the protein-packed trend, international-style yogurts featuring honey as a lead flavor have dominated grocers’ shelves as of late. Here are some examples of made with honey yogurts packing a protein punch, heading into the New Year.
Australia-named Noosa Finest Yoghurt was a force on dairy shelves in 2013, using honey from Colorado to flavor its honey variety. With 17 grams of protein, this product should continue its domination in 2014.
Nancy’s Honey Yogurt not only blends organic honey with creamy probiotic whole milk Greek yogurt, but it contains a whopping 20 grams of protein per serving. It’s kosher and gluten-free.
Alpina Honey Greek Yogurt contains 14 grams of protein, and started as the dream of two Swiss entrepreneurs. Now with a new manufacturing facility in the United States, their American dream is fulfilled thanks to their more than 6,200 employees across the globe.