My most popular post on this blog to date was an early post on the great Soy Yogurt Crisis of 2013.
That situation was caused by a yogurt manufacturing plant used by WholeSoy & Co. (and likely Amande and Trader Joe’s) abruptly closed its doors without notice. This occurred after a period of consolidation in the soy yogurt market, leaving the US without a plain (non-fruit flavored) soy yogurt. Flavored yogurts are great, but are not appropriate for baking, for instance.
Now, a year after WholeSoy & Co resumed production in March 2014, WholeSoy & Co issued an announcement yesterday stating that they can’t repay the debt they accumulated during the 2013 lapse in production, and have been forced to shut down.
I’m very sorry to see WholeSoy & Co go. They were a great soy yogurt brand, and were beloved by the vegan community. I hope that someone brings a plain soy yogurt to the US market market soon to begin to fill their shoes.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken inventory of the current soy yogurt offerings. In the coming weeks, I hope to look into what soy yogurts are still out there, and if any of them can stand up to what WholeSoy & Co. offered.
Do you have a favorite soy yogurt that is still available (especially with a plain flavor)?