NEW BERLIN, NY – Chobani takes an important step towards a more sustainable future and today announces that we are launching a paper cup.
Chobani’s paper cup marks a milestone in our efforts to reduce plastic consumption and bring more sustainable packaging to shelves across America.
The new product innovations from Chobani – oat milk, cold brew coffee and coffee creamer – are already delivered in recyclable paper packaging. After two years of development, we’re going to transfer our oat yogurt to a paper-based cup, but we’re not going to stop there. We will continue to explore more sustainable packaging across our portfolio that uses less plastic and more paper.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our planet,” said Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. “People have asked for a paper cup, and we welcome the challenge of reducing our plastic consumption and starting a conversation about how we can work together to drive change.”
Chobani paper cups are made of 80% cardboard, made from responsibly sourced and renewable materials. The mug has a thin plastic lining to keep the quality of our product.
“This paper cup is a step in the right direction, but it is just the beginning,” said Ulukaya.
The cup is made from recyclable materials, but we’re realistic about the complexity of the American recycling system, which is divided into more than 10,000 community recycling centers1, each with its own set of rules.
Innovative packaging often challenges current recycling capabilities in the U.S. As part of our work to bring this cup to market, we will continue to work with partners including the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and policy makers to advocate improvements to the recycling infrastructure in this country expand .
From the end of this year fans will find Chobani’s paper cups in the yogurt aisle. It starts with Chobani® Oat Blend for single servings and we will continue to invest in sustainable packaging initiatives across our product portfolio.
Chobani is a food company with a mission to bring high quality, nutritious food to more people while adding value to our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for everyone. In order to support this mission, we are a value-oriented, people-oriented, food and wellness oriented company, and which has founded the company since the US immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya in 2005. We produce yogurt, oat milk, milk and plant-based coffee whiteners, ready-to-drink coffee and plant-based probiotic drinks. Chobani yogurt is America’s # 1 yogurt brand and is made from only natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives.
Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – and puts humanity first in everything we do. Our philanthropic endeavors focus on giving back to our communities and beyond: working to eliminate child hunger, support immigrants, refugees and the underrepresented, honor veterans, and protect the planet. We manufacture our products in New York, Idaho and Australia. Chobani products are available across North America and are distributed in Australia and other select markets. For more information, please visit www.chobani.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
1 Consumer Brands Association: https://consumerbrandsassociation.org/sustainability/recycling-policy-platform/