Ask Yoplait

 Why do you use carmine? Do you really have to put dead beetles in my yogurt?

We understand your concern and want to share as much information about the process as possible to make you feel better about your choices. On our end, we made the commitment to use only natural colors and flavors  in our Original-style Yoplait, and Carmine is a safe, naturally derived, red coloring that is FDA approved for use in food products. It provides a vibrant color and is commonly used in foods such as ice cream, soft drinks, sweets and candies. Carmine is extracted from the dried shells of the cochineal beetle and is provided to us by suppliers in a highly purified liquid form. Though the majority of our products do not contain Carmine, rest assured that the flavors that do contain it will have it specifically listed in the ingredients on the cup.


Does Yoplait use milk protein concentrate in any of your Greek products?

Milk protein concentrate is not used in our largest sized and most popular products, Yoplait Greek or Yoplait Greek 100. However, it is found in Yoplait Greek Parfait cups.


Why does Yoplait use gelatin?

Gelatin gives consistency and texture to yogurt and Yoplait uses kosher gelatin that’s beef-derived. Yoplait yogurt carries KD (Kosher Dairy) Certification, certified by Rabbi Barnett Hasden. New Yoplait Greek and Yoplait Greek 100 are great options for those looking for a gelatin-free Yoplait option.


Are Yoplait yogurt cups recyclable?

Good news on the recycling front- more and more recycling programs are accepting number 5 plastics. Most Yoplait yogurt cups are classified as number 5 plastics in accordance with the Society of Plastics Industry's material container coding system. The number 5 indicates that recycling is limited depending on the community you live in. Want to learn if your community accepts number 5 plastics? Visit http://www.how2recycle.info/check-locally/ to learn more. At Yoplait we're also dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint- you can learn more here.


Why can’t I find my favorite flavor?

Sorry to hear it’s hard to find your favorite!  With the introduction of new yogurt styles like Greek yogurt, competition in the yogurt aisle is heating up- leading to limited space and a loss in distribution for some Yoplait flavors. While we are continuously working on the distribution kinks on our end, try our product locator to help track down your favorite Yoplait flavor. If you’re not having any luck in finding your favorite flavor at your local retailer, be sure to let your store manager know which Yoplait flavor you would like to see them carry.


Why are products always being discontinued?

From Strawberry Shortcake to Key Lime Pie to Triple Berry Torte- in our mission to make so good yogurt, we’re constantly working to bring you new flavors.  Unfortunately to make room for the new, this sometimes means we have to discontinue the less popular flavors. If you’re really missing your favorite, be sure to let us know.  Head over to Facebook or Twitter, and tell us which product you would like to see back on the shelf. Also, take a look around at our A to Z Flavor List, with over 40 flavors, who knows- maybe you’ll find a new favorite.


Why does Yoplait support the fight against breast cancer?

Our commitment to supporting the fight against breast cancer is a cause that has ties close to home for us. A former employee at our Carson City, California plant lost a family member to cancer and helped organize the plant’s support for a local race. Since then, we have continued to support the fight against breast cancer and donated over $35 million over the past fifteen years. You can read more about our commitment here.