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Yogurt: Is Savory the New Sweet?

When it comes to yogurt, the answer just may be yes. According to Nielsen’s Spotlight on Added Sugar report, 22% of Americans are restricting sugar intake1. This increased consumer focus on reducing sugar has brought a whole new world of savory yogurt trends to the forefront. Historically, yogurt has been paired with sweet counterparts—but now it’s savory pairings that are popping up on menus everywhere. Chances are you’re already familiar with the wonders of savory yogurt—think tzatziki sauce or raita. Try giving your parfaits this same savory facelift and you may just see your orders piling in.

Beyond Breakfast

Yogurt is not just for breakfast anymore. As lines blur between meals, and all-day snacking is quickly replacing three square meals, yogurt is a perfect add-on item for the busy patron. Not only can you menu savory yogurt parfaits, but you can offer pre-made parfaits at point-of-sale as an easy grab ‘n go item. And since yogurt as a restaurant menu item has grown 9.3% since 2012, you don’t have to worry about those going to waste2.

beyond breakfast parfait

Yogurt Trends

Consumers are more interested in less processed foods in their natural form—cue the whole milk yogurt trend. We are entering an era where consumers no longer shy away from products containing fat, rather they want to understand healthy fats, its origin and overall benefits.

We’re also seeing the “sweet heat” flavor trends transcend to yogurt—combinations of bold spices, chilies, fruit, roasted vegetables and whole milk yogurt.

Sample Parfaits

Mountain High™ Yoghurt is the perfect whole milk, no gelatin canvas for a parfait. It's creamy, rich texture pairs with a variety of toppings. Everything Bagel, Caprese Basil and Harissa Sweet Potato Mint are a few the General Mills Culinary Team created.

Download our savory parfait recipes as a great starting place for adding savory parfaits to your menu!