In the cold war over yogurt, America blinked.
The yogurt maker Chobani conceded defeat on Thursday in its standoff with the Russian government, which has refused to allow a shipment of Greek yogurt intended for the United States Olympic team at the Winter Olympics in Sochi to enter the country.
No amount of dairy diplomacy was able to break the impasse. Chobani said the yogurt, which has been held in refrigerated storage near Newark Liberty International Airport, would be donated to food banks in New York and New Jersey.
Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder and chief executive officer of Chobani, said in a statement, "We're disappointed our athletes won't be able to enjoy Chobani while they compete in the games as we all hoped, and are deeply appreciative to everyone who tried to help get it there."