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‘Brogurt’: For Men Tired of Girly Yogurt

‘Brogurt’: For Men Tired of Girly Yogurt

If you have spent an hour or two watching daytime television, or any television for that matter, you have probably picked up on the fact that women are a target market. Any number of items from feminine hygiene products to soaps and kids products are pushed and marketed so women take notice, and presumably run out and purchase with abandon. Using all kinds of shaming devices and preying on the fear of the contemporary woman, products are made to seem and feel, not only desirable, but also indispensible. But marketing to men, while hardly impossible, is a bit different.

Some might say that if you throw a tall cold beer and a plate of baby-back ribs on the screen, you will have a customer in waiting. However, what if you are trying to sell yogurt to men? Well, there is a new yogurt out there marketed toward men appropriately called Powerful Yogurt. Think of it as a Luna Bar in yogurt form for a man (nevermind, that is a terrible pitch). This yogurt with extra power is billed as a “man-sized powerful product intended for the nutritional demands of an active lifestyle” and seems a lot like other flavored Greek yogurts. According to the promotional literature, it was designed by leading sports nutritionists, expert trainers and food scientists, and is high-protein, all-natural, great tasting, and (most importantly) delivered in a man-sized package. Comedian Jessie Klein, who appeared recently on the NPR show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, had this to say about the product’s marketing:

“If male yogurt marketing is anywhere near as annoying as female yogurt marketing, you are in for a treat. Every female yogurt commercial is basically like women in a wedding dress just petting a kitten and eating yogurt.”

The package sports a bull logo and sports the tag line, “find your inner abs.” The flavors are fairly straightforward (blueberry, mango, banana, plain, etc) and not really what you would expect from a “man’s” yogurt (maybe flavors like venison and diesel would be more appealing). All in all, besides its marketing claims and a packaging that makes it appear more like an energy drink than a dairy product, Powerful Yogurt seems comparable to many of the other (less manly) products on the market.

What are your thoughts on such a product and how it is marketed? Shameless or playful? Do you think products like yogurt really need to be gender specific?

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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9:06AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

How about a manly pasta, or manly rice? Since when have food become gender specific?

12:49AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

this like usefull infomation but i am not fully satisfied...
Then i am go to the www.expressmeds247.com they can care about me..

8:58PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Humorous article although "Powerful Yogurt" doesn't sound very catchy. I half expected to read about beer, taco or margarita flavors.

8:47PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

I just think it's funny. People in-the-know won't fall for it (especially if it costs more than "regular" yogurt), but it might work to bring in non-yogurt eaters, so I don't see the harm. Advertising is advertising. It's supposed to be persuasive and usually bends the truth. Honestly, if it's a greek yogurt with some kind of added protein, it really IS 'powerful" and can help you loose weight/be healthier/bulk up. So I don't see a problem!

5:31AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

I happen to find this fairly offensive, as with most yogurt advertising. As though your self worth should be determined by the state of your abdominal muscles. That said, I love yogurt. I don't see why they need to market it as a diet product or a gendered product. It's tasty and good for you. Honestly, I don't see why more people aren't eating yogurt.

1:40AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

another crap advertisment telln you how you are supposed to be and imply how you'll fail to be awesome if you dont have x,y or z.........fking brainwashing to sell crap ppl dont need

5:24AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Advertising!!!!!!!

6:17AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

All the men I know enjoy the full range of flavors and brands already marketed. They also buy and eat pudding cups.

4:01PM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

thanks

4:29PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I tried but couldn't make myself like yogurt.

But I found a way - I buy plain fat free yogurt and add onion soup mix powder (I remove the dried onions from the package and just use the brown powder).

Mix the powder and yogurt well, then use it as a chip dip, on a baked potato, or anywhere you would normally use sour cream.

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