Chobani Yogurt Plans Major Expansion At Twin Falls, Idaho, Manufacturing Hub
According to company officials, as the yogurt category and overall consumption continues to grow, Chobani is self-funding major expansion initiatives, including:
Purchase and conversion of three production lines for Chobani "Flip" products-- its fastest growing yogurt platform.
Purchase of a new production line and a new bulk production line for foodservice opportunities to drive further growth in schools, hotels, airlines and restaurants.
Purchase of new equipment for new adjacent categories like Chobani Meze Dips and yogurt drinks and launch of products to new international markets, including Mexico and Puerto Rico in second quarter of the year.
"Building the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world and expanding it three years later is a really proud moment for us and an example of how right it was to pick Idaho as our second home," said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chairman/CEO, Chobani. "Our success in Idaho and New York is an example of the power and strength of U.S. manufacturing. To food companies like ours, it's a signal of the momentum of the food movement that we started: better food for more people."
Chobani commissioned its second domestic manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, in 2013, making it the largest yogurt manufacturing facility in the world. The company had previously invested more than $450 million to build the one million square foot, world-class operation. The initial construction was completed in an unprecedented 326 days, with more than 2,000 men and women who put in more than 1.7 million man hours to build the state-of-the-art facility from the ground up.
"The kind of success that Chobani is experiencing in the Magic Valley is setting a great example of regional collaboration between employers and community leaders throughout Idaho," said Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "And it has economic development leaders all over America standing up and taking notice of what Idaho has to offer. That's all above and beyond the on-the-ground benefits that Chobani's growth and proactive corporate citizenship are providing for our citizens and Idaho's economy. I'm proud that Chobani chose Idaho and is helping us set a golden example of what it means to accelerate Idaho by moving at the speed of business."
In addition to expansion plans in Twin Falls, the company is also exploring plans to expand its original plant in Central New York.
The company currently receives up to 4-million pounds of fresh milk from local farms in New York and Idaho every day and employs more than 2,000 people. The company estimates, for every hire Chobani makes, it is estimated that up to 10 jobs are created in its communities.
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