Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Greek Yogurt Give Away

Like I said the blogosphere is getting smaller. Even the little guy can get noticed ;-)
Check out this really nice email I received from the communications assistant at Stony Field Farms;
"Hi Marc, I came across your blog and saw that you enjoy Greek yogurt - namely Fage. Stonyfield Farm makes Oikos Organic which is thick, creamy and filling just like the other brand(s) you’ve tried – but, it’s ORGANIC. As you probably know, organic means it's made without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from organic milk produced without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (ie rBST). We feel that organic is not only healthier for you, but better for the planet as well. I would love to send you coupons for Oikos so that you can give it a try and maybe let your readers know what you think of it! Please let me know if you'd like them and where I can send them to.
Best, Kristina
Kristina Drociak
Communications Assistant Stonyfield Farm603-437-4040 "

We had some really nice communication back and forth. I did ask of course for the full fat variety. They don't make that as of yet. So, all of you fat lovers ;-) please send an email to Kristina and let her know that we are very very interested in a full fat version. All of the Oikos products for now are non fat. Kristina was very nice and offered to do a give away. The give away is as follows; she will offer one of you an Oikos tote bag, 1 free 16 oz coupon and 4 free 5.3 oz coupons. She will ship the prize directly to the winner. I will simply do a random drawing. Please leave a comment if you would like to be part of it. By Friday noon E.S.T. I will pick a winner. I will notify you and get your address so that I can communicate that to Kristina. (US. shipping only)
And now for the quick review (no compensation, besides the coupons so that I could try the product)
I'm going to compare it to Fage as that is the brand I pretty much exclusively get.
Oikos difference is, that it's fat free and organic. You can read on Fage's website that they " In line with our All Natural approach to yogurt making, our milk and cream supply comes from farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with rBGH " also a disclaimer that reads "The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown, and no test can now distinguish, between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-rBGH-treated cows" (wonderful stuff right?)
You can click on the links for their respective nutrition information. But for a short summary;
for 8 ounces,Fage has 7 grams of sugar vs. 9 for Oikos. Protein 15 grams for Fage, 23 for Oikos. Total fat 23 grams for Fage, 0 for Oikos. Sat. Fat 18 grams for Fage and 0 for Oikos.
So those are the product details. Much against conventional wisdom, I like my saturated fat and the fat in Fage is in my humble opinion a good thing. But I do REALLY like that fact that Oikos is organic. Very very important when it comes to dairy products made in the US.
Now for the taste.
This was an eye opener.....
The taste was a bit different from one another obviously, both had their own distinct flavor, BUT they both tasted equally GOOD. Normally fat free products don't taste right at all, but Oikos did a superb job with this one. I makes me very eager for them to come out a with a full fat organic version.
Thank you again Kristina for contacting Feel Good Eating. Thank you for your generous give away and try and get the ear of your marketing department, and let them know the primal/paleo crowd would love to see a full fate version hit the shelves.
Remember to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.
"Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight."- Marcus Aurelius


Smoketheblowfish said...

Dear Marc,

I would like to be included in the drawing for the fact that I like food. I eat food. I've recently tried Fage (pronounced Fay-yuh) and thoroughly enjoy both the full fat and the 2% versions. I would also like to do a 'side by side by side' comparison of Fage, Stony Fields, and Trader Joe's Greek yogurts...and post the results on my blog.

If I don't get what I want (free-bies) I may be forced into buying food. It's Christmas time and I would hate to have to not buy my daughter a Christmas present just because I had to buy yogurt. Yogurt that KristinaDrociakCommunications Assistant offered at no charge. Does Kristina understand the sizable Clout Stick you're waving on your blog.

"Free Yogurt for everyone!" - Smokus Blowfishius Maximus


Katrina said...

I'd like to be n the running. I love yogurt.

Mark said...

I'll be part but we usually only eat full fat FAGE.

Hey Kristina, you are so close to making yogurt the way nature intended! Give us a full fat version.

Megan said...

I love Greek yogurt! Count me in!

Gwen said...

If I could marry Greek Yogurt, I would.

AT22 said...

I'm in ... although I also prefer the full fat. I'll send an email toot sweet!

Bryce said...

full fat is where it's at Kristina! Count my wife in, but count her lactose-intolerant husband out ;-).


Marc said...

Smokus ;-)
Like I've told you before....don't ever stop writing!! ;-)

You're in ;-)

The taste is just full fat.


I think you're overseas right?

Thanks for the support!

Wife is in!

Thanks everyone!

Gwen said...

i am overseas at the moment but have an address in boston, where i am fairly sure it is legal to get married to yogurt. :)

PJNOIR said...

They removed the fat- I would not touch this stuff- I'd go without if Fage total was sold out. This no fat craze is taking a toll on those seeking a proper fat rich diet. Needless to say don't include me.

FatBurningFurnace said...

Too late to read that.