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Stonyfield

September 05, 2012 11:00 ET

Research Suggests a Little Bit of Fat Can Go a Long Way; Stonyfield Expands Organic Oikos Greek Yogurt Line to Offer 1.5% Fat Options

#1 Organic Yogurt Brand Serves Up Something for Everyone; Complete Line of Stonyfield Organic Oikos Packs Protein, Calcium and Indulgence Into Every Creamy Spoonful

LONDONDERRY, NH--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2012) - In the past year, more American consumers have discovered the nutrition benefits and delicious taste of Greek yogurt. Adding to its robust lineup of organic Greek yogurt offerings, Stonyfield Organic Oikos is now available in a variety of tasty flavors made with 1.5% fat organic milk. Emerging research suggests that small amounts of dairy fat may be beneficial for your health, and extra fat creates an even creamier texture that is more satisfying.

"As with anything in life, it's about finding balance so it's ideal to have options when deciding which Greek yogurt is right for you," explained Mary Kennedy, M.S., a nutritionist and fitness specialist at Stonyfield. "The new 1.5% fat Stonyfield Organic Oikos is a perfect stand-alone afternoon snack that will keep you feeling satisfied and stave off cravings until dinnertime. At other times, I recommend fat free Stonyfield Organic Oikos which gives you the opportunity to mix up creative smoothies or add toppings like your favorite fruits, nuts or even toasted wheat germ for an extra nutritional punch."

Fat, carbohydrates and protein are considered the three macronutrients essential in everyone's diet. In addition to greater satiety, studies suggest that CLA, a naturally occurring fat found in milk and dairy foods, may have a role in the prevention of heart disease and some types of cancer. The addition of fat in moderation can also help in the absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K which are fat-soluble.

Greek yogurt is a tasty addition to any diet, and by choosing organic Greek yogurt consumers can be assured their yogurt has all the nutritional benefits they want and was produced without any of the toxic persistent pesticides, antibiotics, artificial hormones and genetically engineered ingredients they don't want. All Stonyfield Organic Oikos Greek Yogurt is authentically strained with no added thickeners.

Giving consumers choices from the dairy aisle and into the frozen section of the supermarket, Stonyfield offers a variety of new products now available in stores:

  • Perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes and office snacks or for use in recipes, new Stonyfield Organic Oikos 1.5% Fat Greek Yogurt adds a touch of indulgence without breaking the scale and is available in fresh flavors like Pineapple, Strawberry and Raspberry as well as classic Plain.
  • Fans of Organic Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt can also now scoop up new nonfat Peach Mango and Superfruits pints. Even without the fat, it has the rich and creamy texture Greek yogurt is loved for.
  • Stonyfield has also added to its Organic Oikos 0% Fat Greek Yogurt line-up with the introduction of a mouth-watering new Lemon flavor and 5.3 oz cups of its beloved Chocolate and Caramel flavors -- the perfect guilt-free dessert size!

For more information on the full menu of Stonyfield Organic Oikos Greek Yogurt varieties, visit
http://www.stonyfield.com/products/oikos.

About Stonyfield
Stonyfield, celebrating its 29th year, is the world's leading organic yogurt company. Its certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream are distributed nationally. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. Its use of organic ingredients helps keep over 200,000 farm acres free of toxic, persistent pesticides and chemical fertilizers known to contaminate soil, drinking water and food. To help reduce climate change, Stonyfield offsets all of the CO2 emissions generated from its facility energy use. Stonyfield also donates $2 million of its yearly profits to efforts that help protect and restore the Earth. For more information about Stonyfield, its products and initiatives, visit www.stonyfield.com or follow Stonyfield on Twitter @Stonyfield and on Facebook www.facebook.com/StonyfieldFarm.

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