NORWICH, N.Y., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Chobani, America's #1 yogurt brand, broke ground on a new domestic manufacturing plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. Chobani's state-of-the-art, high capacity production facility will be built upon 200 acres and span 940,000 square feet.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, the Honorable Mayor Don Hall, along with other Idaho dignitaries, joined the Chobani executive team in the official groundbreaking ceremony.
"This is the next chapter in our four-year history. We feel the potential for good-tasting, healthy foods in America is limitless," said Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and Founder of Chobani. "We want to thank everyone who's helped us turn this plant into a reality, including our dedicated team, the people who've worked with us in Idaho and, of course, our amazing fans."
Production at the new plant is anticipated to start in the second half of 2012. Four hundred new jobs will be created to support Chobani's expansion in Idaho. As a result, the company is planning to include an onsite 45,000 square foot employee facility featuring an open office plan, natural light, wellness area, cafeteria, lounge areas, training facilities, daycare center and conference rooms.
"Chobani needs a reliable supply of high-quality milk, motivated and well-trained employees, a supportive community and a business-friendly state government that understands industry and the value of great corporate citizens," said Governor Otter. "Hamdi and his team found that and much more here in southern Idaho. We're proud to be Chobani's new home in the West."
This Twin Falls facility will help consumers find even more of their favorite Chobani products in stores and allow the company to bring exciting product innovations to market.
As America's #1 selling yogurt brand, Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste; they just need great options. That is why Chobani produces only the highest quality, best tasting products made with only natural ingredients. As part of Chobani's Nothing But Good philosophy, they are committed to supporting local farmers and strengthening their surrounding area economies. They give a portion of their annual profits to charities worldwide through their Shepherd's Gift Foundation, the company's charitable arm. All Chobani products are gluten free, Kosher certified, made with milk free of rBST and provide two times more protein than regular yogurt, five live and active cultures, and three strains of probiotics. Chobani retails for MSRP $1.29/6oz, $3.29/16oz, $5.99/32oz, and $3.99/Champions 4-pack. Chobani products are available nationwide. For more information, visit chobani.com.