Chobani Inc, maker of a Greek yogurt brand, announced that its Twin Falls ID facility has reached optimal production capability, a significant milestone achieved in less than a year.
This will serve to support the continued growth and demand for its Greek yogurt as its sales have increased 32% year-to-date and are projected to grow even higher in 2014.
In addition to its original plant in upstate New York, Chobani Greek yogurt is made in Twin Falls, which opened in late December 2012 and is the largest yogurt facility in the world.
To support the supply and distribution of its products throughout the nation, Chobani will rebalance and optimize production of its yogurt between its facilities in upstate New York and Twin Falls. This will increase production in Twin Falls given its design, size, and innovation capability while Chobani’s New York facility will remain the key manufacturing and distribution hub of Chobani’s East Coast region.
The Twin Falls plant is a state-of-the-art facility built from the ground up through a $450-million investment and 1.7 million work hours. The facility supports close to 1,200 local jobs and has been a key economic driver for the state.
In its first year of production, Chobani focused on making its Twin Falls plant not just a leader in size, but in cleanliness, safety, and innovation. Chobani recently brought in significant resources and continues to work with internal as well as outside experts to assemble one of the most advanced food safety and quality systems in the industry.
Since choosing Twin Falls as its second home, Chobani worked closely with the community in support of local initiatives. Chobani has initiated a job training program in conjunction with the College of Southern Idaho and the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, Chobani’s charitable arm; supported the Southern Idaho Children’s Learning Center; given weekly donations to Idaho food banks; and sponsored the Twin Falls county fair and Twin Falls Rapids Soccer Club.
For more information, visit www.chobani.com.