Chobani: Started by a Turkish man in New York named Hamdi Ulukaya. He bought a closed yogurt plant in 2005 and the brand quickly became one of America's best-selling Greek yogurt brands by 2008. The company makes several Greek yogurt products like Chobani Simply 100, Fruit on the Bottom, Blended, Chobani Flip, Kids, and Snack Cups.
Dannon: Dannon or Danone dates back to 1919 where it began manufacturing yogurt using cultures. However, the company did not introduce Greek yogurt to the market until 2010. Dannon's Greek yogurt products include Oikos And Activia Greek.
Fage: The company touts being the number one yogurt in Greece with all-natural ingredients. The company began in 1926 in Athens, Greece and first introduced Greek yogurt to the United States marketplace in 1998. Amazingly by being first to the market along with its exceptional taste, it is not number one in U.S. sales. The company manufactures Total Classic, Total 2%, Total 0%, Fruyo Classic, and Fruyo 0%.
Yoplait: A guy named Yola and another guy named Coplait teamed up and formed Yoplait in 1965. The company came late to the game in producing Greek yogurt but rapidly became a dominant Greek yogurt producer. Yoplait offers Yoplait Greek and Yoplait Greek 100 products.
Stonyfield: When you think of Greek yogurt, you likely consider Stonyfield as one of your top organic choices. The company prides itself on being "obsessively organic" and is USDA certified organic. The company began in 1983 with seven cows in New Hampshire and their focus was on organic from the begining. The company's Greek yogurt is 0% fat and they offer 14 different flavors.
The Greek yogurt market has become increasingly more competitive. There are certainly more brands than what was listed above; however, these five dominate the market. Below you will find some additional brands worth noting,
Greek Gods: The company makes 6oz and 24oz Greek yogurt products. While they do not have a wide flavor selection like the brands above, their Greek yogurt is on the top as far as taste. Our favorite is the honey flavor.
Liberte: The brand was first introduced into the United States from Montreal in 1998, but was only available in the northeast. Today Liberte can be found throughout the United States. The company produces four Greek yogurt flavors: lemon, strawberry, coconut, and blackberry.
With the massive explosion in the popularity of Greek yogurt, there are just too many Greek yogurt brands to list. It will be interesting to see how long the Greek yogurt craze will last and if another yogurt or dairy product will topple Greek yogurt. It is difficult to see the trend ending anytime soon considered Greek yogurt is typcially healthy (if the product is not loaded with sugar/fat/carbs etc) while also having an amazing taste in the opinion of many. A new product introduced into the United States is going to have be pretty special to wipe out Greek yogurt. In recent years, Icelandic yogurt has been growing in popularity, but it is not even close to being as popluar as Greek yogurt. I personally have to go to Whole Foods just to even find it.