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Yogurt reaches double-digit growth in foodservice

By Maggie Hennessy , 09-Dec-2013

Per capita yogurt consumption has doubled over the last decade, and is now a double-digit growth category for many foodservice operations, including colleges/universities, hospitals/healthcare, recreation, and eating and drinking establishments, according to the NPD Group.

Total dollar volume of yogurt shipped through broadline foodservice distributors to foodservice outlets grew 10%, with units shipped up 7% in the year ending September 2013 compared to a year ago, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack, a monthly tracking service that codes, aggregates, and tracks every product shipped from a critical mass of leading broadline distributors to each of their foodservice operators.  

Dollar sales of yogurt shipped to colleges/universities increased by more than 11%. In addition to its growth at schools and universities, total dollars of yogurt shipped to hospitals/healthcare, eating and drinking establishments, government, recreation, and retail foodservice also increased by double-digits in the year ending September compared to year ago, according to SupplyTrack. 

Greek yogurt posted double-digit gains in dollar sales and units shipped from broadline distributors to foodservice outlets, and yogurt geared to kids saw an almost double-digit increase over a year ago in dollars shipped. 

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