Founder and CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 at a ceremony in Monte Carlo. Ulukaya was selected from a group of over 50 country winners for his disruptive innovation, regeneration of a long-stagnant category, financial success and personal commitment to building a world-class brand. Chobani was founded in 2005 and the first order shipped in 2007. After a meteoric rise, profits of $1 billion were recorded in 2012. Chobani operates a facility in Central New York and the largest yogurt plant in the world, and winner of Food Engineering’s 2013 Plant of the Year Award, in Twin Falls, Idaho.