Need to satisfy a craving for Chobani Greek yogurt? Don’t go to Whole Foods.
Whole Foods Market announced Wednesday it will stop selling Chobani yogurts by early 2014 since the yogurt company’s products contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. In a statement, it said the phaseout of Chobani will allow them to “make room for product choices that aren’t readily available on the market.”
The decision is part of the grocer’s plans to sell more non-GMO products. In March 2013, it began labeling its products to indicate whether they contained GMOs. Its goal is to label all products by 2018.
It hasn’t been the best time for Chobani, which had to issue a voluntary recall on its products in September due to a mold problem. In response to the Whole Foods announcement, Chobani said, “Though we have limited distribution within Whole Foods, they have been a wonderful and an important partner of ours over the years.”