Chobani has come a long way from their humble roots, but they still operate like the small craft company they started out as. Once upon a time there was a shepherd.
In 2005, Hamdi took a loan from the Small Business Administration, bought an old yogurt plant, and brought a small group of passionate individuals together to make the real, wholesome yogurt that he remembered from his childhood. He called the company Chobani, “shepherd” in Turkish, to endow it with the hard-working and compassionate spirit of the mountain farmer.
Perfecting the craft
For the next two years, Hamdi devoted himself to the craft, carefully building his team to ensure quality from the ground up. In 2007, his dream to make delicious, nutritious, natural, and accessible yogurt finally came to fruition, when the very first cup of Chobani® Greek Yogurt hit the shelf.
A series of milestones
By 2010, Chobani had grown from one man’s dream into America’s favorite Greek Yogurt. Through support, they were able to break ground on a new, state-of-the-art yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho, and form a charitable arm for the company. In 2016, our 2014 creation, Chobani® Flip®, was recognized as a Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award winner. And in 2017, Chobani opened its third café, and first outside of New York City, in the Houston area.
Becoming the kind of company we want to see in the world
In the years between Chobani’s founding and now, they’ve been recognized numerous times for being a great place to work. In 2016, Chobani introduced Shares, an initiative to give every full-time member of the company the opportunity to share in the growth of Chobani over time. And in 2017, they implemented a new paid parental leave policy, offering 100% paid parental leave for six weeks for all full-time hourly and salaried employees.
2018 marks 10 years of great yogurt and the community that grew up around it. This is the Chobani promise:
“We will continue to grow and change, but our roots will remain embedded in our founding mission: bringing better food to more people. Thank you for giving us the chance to grow.”