Chobani announces major expansion at Idaho plant
Greek yogurt producer Chobani, LLC is investing nearly $100 million to expand operations at its Twin Falls, ID manufacturing facility to meet demand for new and existing products.
“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,” says Hamdi Ulukaya, chairman and CEO, Chobani. Our success in Idaho and New York is an example of the power and strength of US 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.”
As consumer’s appetite for yogurt and yogurt-based products continues to grow and evolve, Chobani is embarking on major expansion initiatives that include:
-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
-Launch of products to new international markets, including Mexico and Puerto Rico in Q2 2016, furthering its mission to make 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-sq.-ft. facility. In addition to expansion plans in Twin Falls, the company is also exploring plans to expand its original plant in New York.
Chobani’s Twin Falls manufacturing facility was named Food Engineering’s 2013 Plant of the Year.