The U.S. Census Bureau’s “Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2012” reveals that per capita yogurt consumption has increased more than 400% during the past 30 years. Further, data indicate that yogurt is the fastest-growing segment in the dairy category, with sales figures suggesting that growth is driven largely by the explosion of specialty yogurts, which include regional recipes, flavors for children and functional formulations.
One such innovation comes from Sophie Yogurt, New York, whose namesake Greek-style yogurt contains no added sugars or artificial sweeteners and zero fat. Initially available throughout the Big Apple, the yogurt comes in five varieties: Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Plain and Plain without Fiber. Each 5.3-ounce container delivers 17 grams of protein and 90 to 140 calories, depending on variety. The flavored yogurts, along with plain, also contain 2.5 grams of fiber in the form of oligofructose.
Sophie Yogurt was created by Sophie Pachella, the nutrition and fitness expert behind the health and wellness foundation: EatStrong. “I was inspired to create Sophie Yogurt because I wanted to fuel my clients with a nourishing food that would sustain and satisfy them,” she says. “I crafted the recipe at home and experimented until friends and clients agreed I’d hit upon a decadent treat that helped them stick to their healthy eating and fitness goals. Chocolate was the first flavor, and we grew from there.”
Spurred by what she describes as “an insatiable sweet tooth,” she has gone beyond traditional Greek yogurt flavors. Passion Fruit, Pumpkin Pie and White Chocolate Almond are among the new flavors that will be introduced later this year.