|Founded||New Berlin, New York, USA (2005)|
|Headquarters||Norwich, New York, USA|
|Key people||Hamdi Ulukaya, founder & CEO|
Chobani is an American brand of strained yogurt produced by Chobani Inc. The company was founded in 2005 when Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish immigrant from Turkey to the United States, bought a plant in the town of New Berlin, New York, that was being closed by Kraft Foods. Ulukaya hired several of the former Kraft employees as well as a "yogurt master" and launched his brand in 2007.
The word chobani is derived from the Turkic çoban چوبان, meaning "related to shepherds". The root of çoban is the vern "çaw", it means "to yell" in Turkish. Çoban mean "the person who yells". The word çoban can be found in other Turkic languages as çoban (Azerbaijani), çopan (Turkmen, Uyghur, Uzbek), şopan, (Kazak), çaban (Kyrgyz), çapan (Tatar).
Chobani has over 1,200 employees and is the top-selling brand of yogurt in the United States.
On December 17, 2012 Chobani opened one of the world’s largest yogurt-processing plants in Twin Falls, Idaho. The one million square-foot facility cost $450 million and employs 300 people. Mr. Ulukaya said “The state expects the total economic impact of our business there to be $1.3 billion.” The plant cost $450 million and won the 203 DBIA Design-Build Project of the Year award and the 2013 Food Plant of the Year award from Food Engineering magazine.
On September 3, 2013, Chobani pulled some of its Greek yogurt from supermarket shelves after hearing of "swelling or bloating" in cups. The company said it has investigated and found a type of mold commonly found in dairy that may be to blame. Chobani announced a voluntary recall on September 5, in cooperation with the FDA. On September 9, the FDA reported at least 89 people have reported getting sick after eating the yogurt.
On July 25, 2012 Chobani opened its first-ever yogurt bar in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. The menu consists of various “creations” made with Chobani’s yogurt and all-natural ingredients.
Chobani sells thick, Greek-style yogurt with a higher protein content than traditional yogurt and is among one of the main companies to popularize this style of yogurt.  Chobani markets itself to the healthy foods audience. 
November 2011 marked the first international expansion for Chobani as their products were launched in New South Wales, Australia. Ulukaya said, “We chose Australia as our first international market because we know that Australian consumers are passionate about food, and we hope they’ll love Chobani as much as our American fans do”. A Canadian launch followed shortly. Chobani now sponsor the Australian Short Track Speed Skating Team, members include Ron and Lloyd. September 2012 saw Chobani’s introduction in the UK when their yogurt was carried in 200 Tesco stores. In 2013, after the expiration of a Canadian importation permit, and failure to secure a long term milk supply, Chobani withdrew from the Canadian market.
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