The greek yogurt craze that has hit grocery store shelves across the nation perhaps can be credited to the brand name, Chobani. Created in the rolling hills of Central New York, this probiotic treat has climbed the ranks of competition to become the #1 selling yogurt in the U.S. shipping 1.7 million cases weekly to grocery stores and food clubs nationwide.
Chobani was founded in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya of Turkey. He is the third generation creator of all foods Mediterranean and had a vision to bring his great tasting, natural ingredient foods to the United States. With the help of an SBA-504 loan, Chobani was able to purchase an old Kraft warehouse and start creating the tasty treat that is sweeping across America. The company now employs more than 1,200 and plans to hire an additional 400 when its Idaho plant opens later this year. The 900,000-square-foot high-efficiency facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, will be the largest yogurt plant in the country.[source]
With growth and popularity like that it was probably an easy decision to name Chobani U.S. Small Business Adminitration’s National Entrepreneurial Success of the Year for 2012. Mr. Ulukaya will be accepting the award on behalf of his company on May 22nd in Washington D.C.