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What's the deal with Fage Total greek yogurt?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Fage Total now has half the fat?

I thought at first I could still find the 20g fat/serving stuff at Whole Foods and for some reason they had the 10g fat/serving stuff at a different store - they still have the 20g fat nutrition information on their website, even - but a quick check of the shelves last night at WF shows they, too, are carrying the 10g crap.

The taste and texture is really off - it reminds me of the time I accidentally bought the Fage 2%.

Are there any other brands that aren't succumbing to the silly low fat craze?

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:18 PM

We have been making yogurt lately. Its not really hard at all and you can use half and half if you want. We do 24 hours also.

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:14 PM

pectin anyone??

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on May 19, 2012
at 08:54 PM

GRRR!! I bought a big container of Fage "Total"/full fat the other day. I had no idea they made this change. Just checked the label, and you're right -- lower fat! WTH?! So annoying. It's fine if they want to sell 2% and 0%, but for the love of goodness, LET ME BUY THE FULL FAT, dammit!

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on November 12, 2011
at 09:56 PM

I used to get Nancy's Organic Whole Milk yogurt and strain it.

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on November 12, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Minnesotan here... ill have to check that out! Thanks for the name. :)

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on November 12, 2011
at 07:36 PM

good advice. One question- do you always heat the milk before or is that step not necessary?

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:10 PM

I'm positive I just had a few containers in my fridge that were 20g fat/serving, purchased not so long ago that they ran against their expiration date. But all the containers on the shelf at the store where I bought those 20g fat/serving containers recently had ONLY the 10g fat/serving containers.

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Try Greek Gods yogurt...full fat and they even add extra cream.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:11 PM

This stuff is sooo good. Whole Foods carries it in San Francisco, and sometimes Safeway (tho it's harder to get the full fat/no sugar at Safeway).

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I'm a fan of Greek Gods as well. I live in Virginia and can get it at Kroger's.

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:39 AM

Just tweeted. This sucks! What other brand of Greek yogurt is yummy? I love Fage Total and am soooo disappointed!

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on November 02, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Could also tweet at them @Fageusa...

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:45 PM

The Cabot's is good but not as good as the Fage 10%. I'm sure it's better than the 5%, which I doubt that I will try.

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Last time I asked for full fat yogurt at a store the guy in all seriousness pointed to the sour creme.....

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:25 PM

Let's keep it up. Maybe they'll get the message?

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Lots of comments on FB now!

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Lucky for me in Switzerland everything is pretty much full fat. I can buy Kolios Greek yogurt at 10% fat (10g fat per 100g serving) in 1 kg tubs. But maybe the Greek economic crisis is pushing them to pander to western SAD values in an attempt to make more money... (kidding)

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:57 PM

Harry, I do now have access to a large Sainsbury's, they are a good place. Although the Sainbury's own brand greek yogurt is cheaper than fage :)

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I'd bet it's simply a cost reduction measure for them. They can sell that butterfat to someone else and sell you what amounts to a lower quality product. Since lower fat is always better, they would see this as a win-win. Find the Cabot or make your own.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Before I converted my mom to the total, she used to buy the 2% so I tasted it then. Didn't like it at all. So ridiculous that they have two products that are basically the same.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Yes, exactly! And I only know that because I once accidentally bought the 2%.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:06 PM

I expect it is just trying to expand their market. "Now with lower fat" is a good selling point for most people. It is the "Authentic" part that annoys me.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:02 PM

@Matthew Sainsbury's do the full fat version [well they did last week anyway]. Stuck with the stupid 0% at my local supermarket though...

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Maddening. Why would they even do this when they have 2 lowfat versions already available for those who prefer it. I wonder if this is driven by profit margins? Does it cost less to make it 10 vs 20 grams?

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:44 PM

alternatively http://www.fageusa.com/our-greek-heritage/contact/

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:43 PM

alternatively http://www.fageusa.com/our-greek-heritage/contact/

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:15 PM

The only type of Fage Greek Yogurt you can usually find in the UK is zero fat.

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:14 PM

I personally wouldn't want to eat non organic dairy anything... puss nodules anyone?

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I've just asked about it on the FB page! Doesn't look like they allow wall posts, so I added a comment on their most recent post.

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:13 PM

so mad, saw that at trader joes when i wanted to get some last week. i tried a few other places, and like you found they had been swapped out. fage fail.

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:13 PM

Wow this sucks. I am actually inspired to start a letter-writing campaign. Shall we bomb their Facebook page?? http://www.facebook.com/FAGE

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:47 PM

sucks for us folks who are athletic and NEED calories.

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:39 PM

It's becoming harder and harder to find full fat yogurt! Can't believe they skim the fat out of Greek yogurt--totally defeats the purpose of eating it!

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:28 PM

this is an outrage

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on November 02, 2011
at 02:59 PM

HA! I was just dealing with this issue this morning while hunting for a full fat greek yoghurt - I have snack duty this week for my daughter's preschool class and was asked to bring a container of ranch dip. I wanted to make Mark's Daily Apple's Creamy Ranch Dressing: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/creamy-ranch-dressing/

Anyway, Oikos and Fage were total losses - the highest percentage fat I could find was 2%. Then BOOM, over by the regular yoghurt I found the Cabot greek yoghurt - several flavors and fat contents, but there was PLAIN 10% fat yoghurt. Ingredients:

Pasteurized Milk, Cream, Whey Protein Concentrate, Milk Protein Concentrate, Live Active Yoghurt Cultures (L. Bulgaricus and S. Thermophilus), Vitamins A, C, D, E

This Cabot full fat Greek yoghurt also comes from farms whose farmers pledge not to use rBST, so that's a bonus.

Is it raw grass fed perfection? Nope, but I still have no idea where I'd find raw grass fed full fat Greek yoghurt yet anyway. For now in our location - considering the nearest Whole Foods or Trader Joe's are at least 45 minutes away - this works well for us!

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:45 PM

The Cabot's is good but not as good as the Fage 10%. I'm sure it's better than the 5%, which I doubt that I will try.

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Re: "Are there any other brands that aren't succumbing to the silly low fat craze?"

Yes! Check out the Greek Gods brand. Not only do they use full fat milk, but they even add cream to it so the final fat content is 9-10%. It's super thick and delicious. Just make sure you only buy the one in the green container -- they have lots of other flavors with reduced fat and added sugar (like every other yogurt producer out there).

http://www.greekgodsyogurt.com/html/yplain.php

9c215d66a663fbae3a16cf5515889d7f

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I'm a fan of Greek Gods as well. I live in Virginia and can get it at Kroger's.

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:11 PM

This stuff is sooo good. Whole Foods carries it in San Francisco, and sometimes Safeway (tho it's harder to get the full fat/no sugar at Safeway).

7afd82aa9c70744420308d569c84d09b

on January 28, 2013
at 05:14 PM

pectin anyone??

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Blow up their phone lines 1 (518) 762-5912

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Tell them how you feel on their fb page https://www.facebook.com/FAGE?sk=wall

E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:43 PM

alternatively http://www.fageusa.com/our-greek-heritage/contact/

E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

(1436)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:44 PM

alternatively http://www.fageusa.com/our-greek-heritage/contact/

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:38 PM

When I go to my local Wholefoods I browse at all the dairy products and it is mind boggling that 90% of the products on shelf are fat free or low fat. It's very sad you can't get good dairy products in a "health food store". It's bad enough that all the dairy has to be pasteurized and now they take away the fat also. It's a real shame.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:52 PM

If you have an Indian grocery in your area they seem to always have several varieties of full fat yogurt--it's probably not going to be organic, but YMMV on that depending on where you live.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:45 PM

On the plus side, Fage can now be substituted for what it tastes like: http://www.wlcaulk.com/ ...

You can contact Fage here:

http://www.fageusa.com/our-greek-heritage/contact/

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:52 PM

"FAT FREE AUTHENTIC GREEK YOGHURT"

what's-the-deal-with-fage-total-greek-yogurt?

I have found the 10% fat version in the big supermarkets here in the UK but usually only the fat free version is available. You are lucky to find a single yogurt that is not low-fat in a whole supermarket isle.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:06 PM

I expect it is just trying to expand their market. "Now with lower fat" is a good selling point for most people. It is the "Authentic" part that annoys me.

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Maddening. Why would they even do this when they have 2 lowfat versions already available for those who prefer it. I wonder if this is driven by profit margins? Does it cost less to make it 10 vs 20 grams?

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I'd bet it's simply a cost reduction measure for them. They can sell that butterfat to someone else and sell you what amounts to a lower quality product. Since lower fat is always better, they would see this as a win-win. Find the Cabot or make your own.

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Yea, I noticed this about two weeks ago. I'm not sure how popular Fage is here so I didn't make a post. I did e-mail them and got this response (my bold):

At FAGE we are continuously researching improvements to our products and processes. Most recently we have improved the nutritional profile of our FAGE Total yogurt by adding Bifidus and L. Casei to our blend of cultures, reducing the fat content and increasing protein content. A significant decrease in calories per serving has also occurred as a result.

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:47 PM

sucks for us folks who are athletic and NEED calories.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Lots of comments on FB now!

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on November 02, 2011
at 06:25 PM

Let's keep it up. Maybe they'll get the message?

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:39 PM

I've just asked about it on the FB page! Doesn't look like they allow wall posts, so I added a comment on their most recent post.

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on November 02, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Could also tweet at them @Fageusa...

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:13 PM

Wow this sucks. I am actually inspired to start a letter-writing campaign. Shall we bomb their Facebook page?? http://www.facebook.com/FAGE

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:12 PM

Try Greek Gods yogurt...full fat and they even add extra cream.

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:39 AM

Just tweeted. This sucks! What other brand of Greek yogurt is yummy? I love Fage Total and am soooo disappointed!

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:48 PM

You could just by the 0% and add fat to it. In fact, I think it might be better. Then you KNOW that the added fat is a clean, wholesome source (grass-fed cream, melted butter...coconut...etc etc.)

Even though the FAGE website says it's organic and raw and no hormones..Who knows? Buying 0% and adding your own fat probably decreases some sort of toxin load, although I have no objective evidence or compositional analyses to back this up.

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:18 PM

I agree but the protein content is so much higher in Fage. Even Greek Gods has total fat has 5g of added sugar.

I know the fat is good, but the much higher protein content per serving (23g - fage vs 8g - Greek Gods) seems like a good trade off?

Sorry, Im still kind of new to this so Id like to know why not!

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on May 19, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Make your own yogurt! Its not that hard, takes very little equipment and best of all you can use local, grass fed, whole milk to your hearts content. 24 hour ferments are the best.

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:18 PM

We have been making yogurt lately. Its not really hard at all and you can use half and half if you want. We do 24 hours also.

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on May 19, 2012
at 06:45 PM

My favorite is Voskos, a Greek strained yogurt, in original plain.

20g Total Fat, 12g Sat Fat, 9g Protein, 10g Sugar.

Super thick and creamy.

http://www.voskos.com/products.php

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on November 12, 2011
at 05:59 PM

It's easy to make your own yogurt--and you can tweak it by adding bits of different cultures until you get just what you like. In fact, you can culture yogurt from the contents of probiotic capsules if you care to. I've had as many as 5 different culture compositions running in parallel.

I strain the yogurt through cheesecloth for an hour or two to get a thick Greek-style consistency. This also dumps a lot of the remaining sugars, which remain in the whey.

(The whey can be used to speed fermentation of vegetables. It's a spooky chartreuse because of the riboflavin.)

If you're particulary addicted to Fage, then just use a tablespoon of Fage to start your own culture, and use full-fat milk. Or even milk + cream--as fatty as you wanna be!

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on November 12, 2011
at 07:36 PM

good advice. One question- do you always heat the milk before or is that step not necessary?

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:01 PM

I could not figure out the reason Fage Total does not taste good any more. Now I see why. They've probably pulled that switcheroo few months ago, around the same time they switched the flimsy transparent top cover plastic to some hardened variety.

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:10 PM

I'm positive I just had a few containers in my fridge that were 20g fat/serving, purchased not so long ago that they ran against their expiration date. But all the containers on the shelf at the store where I bought those 20g fat/serving containers recently had ONLY the 10g fat/serving containers.

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:20 PM

Glad to know I wasn't crazy, and that you guys relate! (That's why I love this site.)

Anyway, at the co-op the other day I picked up what I thought was the normal full-fat Fage "Total", hearing an unusual watery slosh from inside the container, then noticed the fat content had been reduced by half. Damn.

Yes, Fage isn't organic/grassfed/local, but in a pinch the old Fage Total was a satisfying/nourishing item that was not hard to find at many shops.

Back to making my own cultured dairy products out of cream, or trying out the grass-fed yogurt Cedar Summit Farm in Minnesota now offers locally. It's drinkable yogurt, though, so it won't be the same texture as the Greek stuff, but I bet it'll still be pretty darn good. :)

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on November 12, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Minnesotan here... ill have to check that out! Thanks for the name. :)

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on November 02, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I've still been buying the full fat Fage around where I live (Westchester County NYS). A&P still carries it as do a couple of the gourmet/health food shops in the area. Have tried the Cabot full fat, but think Fage is much better tasting.

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I emailed them about this a couple of weeks back, but they never replied. Figures.

The texture is practically identical to the 2% crap now, and the mouthfeel (hate that word, but...) isn't nearly as rich and creamy. How disappointing.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Yes, exactly! And I only know that because I once accidentally bought the 2%.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:43 PM

Before I converted my mom to the total, she used to buy the 2% so I tasted it then. Didn't like it at all. So ridiculous that they have two products that are basically the same.

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on June 18, 2013
at 09:05 AM

Ha after reading this I check Fage full fat Total in UK and guess what? Fat 5g :( I remember it being 10g. When did this happened?? By any chance would any one of you know if they adding natural bifidus or they use the one from duck intestine like other companies? I think its natural but then its shelf life is about a month in UK... THY

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on December 01, 2012
at 04:48 PM

ive just heard from my local price chopper in MA that they're now not going to carry even the 2% fage total only the 0% gross tasting kind, they said it was because the manufacturer isnt offering it anymore, WTF FAGE! dammit i have to switch now.. i thought i found my one true love. : (

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