Culinary Versatility of Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Benefits Operators and Consumers

Dannon Foodservice Offers Chefs a Profitable Way to Give Diners a Protein-Packed Ingredient

May 10, 2017—According to Datassential research, 56% of consumers want more protein.1 Operators can attract these patrons with Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt, which contains twice as much protein as most regular yogurt. As consumers are willing to pay 34% more for menu items made with Greek yogurt versus regular,2 going Greek also brings profit potential.

Dannon Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt is designed to have a mild flavor and creamy texture so it tastes great on its own and as an ingredient in hot, cold, savory and sweet dishes. Dannon Foodservice offers the Plain and Vanilla flavors in 32 oz. plastic tubs and 6 lbs. bags to give operators bulk options.

Chefs can adapt traditional fare by using Dannon Oikos Plain Greek Nonfat Yogurt as an ingredient substitute to reduce calories and fat while including protein when replacing sour cream, cream cheese, mayonnaise, heavy cream and oils, to add appeal across the menu—in salads, dips, dressings, sauces and more. Using flavor variations in these classic offerings creates a unique twist for further differentiation, as suggested in the following recipe inspirations.

Make it better
with Dannon® Oikos® Greek Nonfat
Make it your own
with these flavor inspirations
  • 40% fewer calories
  • 83% less fat
  • than traditional chicken salad3
  • Apple and toasted almond
  • Pineapple and pecan
  • Cranberry and pepita
  • Curry and red grape
  • Cajun
  • 31% fewer calories
  • 55% less fat
  • than traditional hummus4
  • Avocado lime
  • Roasted Jalapeno honey
  • Harissa mango
  • Everything bagel spiced
  • Za’atar
  • 32% fewer calories
  • 54% less fat
  • than traditional hearty grain salad5
  • Roasted balsamic vegetable
  • Pesto and heirloom tomatoes
  • Sesame miso
  • Moroccan style chickpea
  • Harvest grain salad (sweet potato, apple, cranberries and pecans)
  • 70% fewer calories
  • 73% less fat
  • than traditional aioli6
  • Roasted
  • garlic
  • Chipotle
  • Soy-ginger
  • Truffle
  • Harissa

Mike Miles, Vice President of Sales of Dannon Foodservice, said, “We want to offer products that have the nutritional benefits and great taste consumers are looking for and are versatile enough that chefs can use them to fuel culinary inspiration throughout their menu. Greek yogurt is growing in popularity among consumers, and it’s a profitable opportunity for operators to incorporate a different, protein-rich ingredient into existing offerings or feature it in new, on-trend dishes.”

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About Dannon Foodservice:
Dannon was founded 75 years ago on yogurt’s ability to improve lives. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon Foodservice continues to uphold the deeply engrained belief that food can do a world of good. As a health & wellness partner, Dannon knows yogurt has the power to deliciously provide many of the nutrients consumers need. Its portfolio of America’s best-loved brands includes Dannon, Oikos®, Light & Fit®, Activia® and Danimals® to help chefs and operators meet trends today and innovate for the future. Dannon Foodservice inspires goodness through menu creativity, a commitment to sustainability and better-for-you snacking options. For more information, visit

1Datassential New Healthy MenuTrends, 2016.

2Technomic MenuMonitor Database, Q1 2016.

3Traditional chicken salad recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.35 oz. mayonnaise, 0.35 oz. sour cream, and 0.35 oz. half and half per serving. Oikos chicken salad recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.94 oz. Oikos Plain per serving.

4Traditional hummus recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.41 oz. extra virgin olive oil per serving. Oikos hummus recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.41 oz. Oikos Plain per serving.

5Traditional hearty grain salad recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.67 oz. mayonnaise per serving. Oikos hearty grain salad recipe of 4 oz. serving contains 0.67 oz. Oikos Plain per serving.

6Traditional aioli recipe of 0.5 oz. serving contains 1.74g egg yolks and 0.39 oz. canola oil per serving. Oikos aioli recipe of 0.5 oz. serving contains 0.4 oz. Oikos Plain and 0.1 oz. canola oil per serving.

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