Olympic Sponsor Can't Get its Yogurt to Sochi

By CNN News Wire

Published 02/07 2014 07:53AM

Updated 02/07 2014 08:21AM

One of the sponsors of the U.S. Olympic team can't get their product to Sochi for the winter games because of an ongoing trade dispute between Russia and the U.S.

From the factory to the finish line,  a load of Chobani Greek yogurt, made in the USA, is held up at customs at Newark airport waiting to get to Sochi -- held up in a long running battle over-  trade rules for dairy exports between the U.S. and Russia.

Chobani is an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic team and Olympic athletes who have done done TV commercials for the brand.

Senator Chuck Schumer, from the state of New York where Chobani is based, is apparently a fan of the product. He is calling on the Russian ambassador and the head of the Olympic Committee to remove the roadblocks so that the yogurt can be sent to the U.S. team.

Schumer's statement sounding a bit like a pitchman:
"There is simply no time to waste in getting our Olympic athletes a nutritious and delicious food. Unfortunately, this protein-packed, New York-made food has met a serious roadblock in the Russian Government."

So far the Russian embassy hasn't budged.  When we got their spokesman on the phone he referred us to a slightly mind-numbing statement on the embassy's web page about how the U.S.  Department of Agriculture, despite a long history of talks, has not negotiated " an agreement to export dairy products to the territory..

But when we contacted the Department of Agriculture they sounded more optimistic: Another written statement.
"Since we have not yet reached a final agreement on the requirements for dairy products, we are working with our Russian counterparts to reach an acceptable solution."

So there may still be some hope that the yogurt will reach the Olympic Village before the Olympics are over..

(Joe Johns for CNN)

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