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Chobani to donate yogurt intended for US athletes

US Olympics Yogurt Dispute

NEW YORK (AP) - Chobani's quest to get its Greek yogurt to the Sochi Olympics is coming to an end.

The company says it will donate a shipment of about 5,000 cups of yogurt it had hoped to send to U.S. athletes at the Winter Games.

The shipment has been held up in a refrigerated warehouse at Newark Liberty International Airport since Russian authorities said the U.S. Department of Agriculture failed to provide a necessary certificate under its customs rules.

Chobani's chief marketing officer tells The Associated Press that the yogurt will be donated to New York and New Jersey food banks.

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he is disappointed that athletes won't be able to get the yogurt.

The company is a Team USA sponsor.

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tyler February 13 2014 at 3:27 PM

Politics, the world over, gives me the dry heaves on this cold day.

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Judi Klein February 12 2014 at 10:45 PM

At least some good will come of it

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wendy February 12 2014 at 9:47 PM

probably because all other countries don't allow GMO's....

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Maggje February 12 2014 at 9:36 PM

The problem with chobani ceo is that he is doing every thing right. he is providing jobs for people, he gives 10% to charity and he makes a very good product, and some big wig from another company is trying to put him out of business. I love the product and admire what he does.

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kwhodges February 13 2014 at 9:30 AM

Bravo Chobani!

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elysianfields08 February 13 2014 at 9:52 AM


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Terry and Mandy February 13 2014 at 1:05 PM

Well, there goes that sponsorship for future Olympic athletes. However, I am glad the Chobani is going to area food banks instead of being thrown into a landfill.

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kindamara February 12 2014 at 7:19 PM

Good for Chobani's decision to donate the yogurt to the NY and NJ food banks. Fortunately it won't go to waste.

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Black Velvet kindamara February 12 2014 at 9:22 PM

I wish they would ship me 1 case. Just 1 case is all I'm asking.

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bzzzbayte February 13 2014 at 1:19 PM


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phutchp February 13 2014 at 2:16 PM

Tired of the constant political and business game playing. Who believes this was just a miscue by the DOA? How much more likely that another big yogurt company had influence in just the right place. Pretty bad when we in America see misbehavior by government officials as standard; a result of the "corporations are people" fallout.

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