Guests at President Barack Obama’s inaugural celebrations will be able to get a taste of Greece too, as the Greek-style yogurt Chobani, which is made in New York, and the Fage brand from Greece will be served to guests before the Presidential Inaugural Luncheon, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. Fage’s American supplies are made in Fulton County west of Albany and Chobani is made in Chenango County southeast of Syracuse. Schumer said the yogurt will be available throughout the Capitol in the hours leading up to the ceremony on Jan. 21. Vanilla and plain yogurt will be served with strawberries, pineapples, pears and granola toppings.It will be a duel of sorts as well, as Chobani has overtaken Fage quickly to become the most popular Greek-style yogurt after an aggressive campaign its Kurdish-American owner Hamdi Ulukaya has conducted. Fage also has decided to move its headquarters out of Greece to avoid tax increases.
Americans are becoming enamored of Greek yogurts, which are thick and rich compared to the watery versions that are made in the U.S. by rival companies.