Chobani Repurposes SoHo Cafe Into Food Pantry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

By Beth Dedman -  amNewYork - Chobani has redirected the focus of their Chobani Café in SoHo into a temporary food pantry, where employees are giving away free Chobani products beginning April 28. The café will open twice a week for the foreseeable future to give free products and support families and food bank workers. The Café food pantry is staffed by Chobani Café employees and volunteers from the #BeAShepherd initiative. Chobani is the Turkish word for “shepherd” and inspired the “giving back” values Chobani wants to embody at this time.

Chobani Announces $100K Grant Recipients in Magic Valley

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Some Magic Valley organizations now have the opportunity to kickstart their ideas and make some dreams come true. Back in October, Chobani launched the Community Impact Fund, planning to invest $1 million in the Magic Valley over the next decade. $100,000 will be given annually and on Thursday, the company announced the recipients for the year. Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services received $20,000. Executive Director Charles Kelly, with the nonprofit, said they plan to open up a coffee shop located at County West.

Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya Considers Going Public

by  Lillie Apostolos - In an industry that is constantly seeing quick movements and strategic approaches to business handlings, it appears that we could be seeing a change in Chobani in the future after the company’s Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya sat down in discussion with Recode. The businessman shared that he isn’t against taking the yogurt company public, but has no interest in selling it off to a food conglomerate. “What happens is all these little brands, these good brands, as they grow, because of the financial structure, 99 percent of them become part of larger organizations,” he said while speaking at Code Commerce conference in New York City. “When they become part of a larger organization, it’s the end of their promise.”

Chobani Exploring 'Significant' Expansion of Upstate NY Yogurt Plant

South Edmeston, N.Y. -- Chobani is considering building a significant expansion of its yogurt plant in South Edmeston, according to sou rces familiar with the matter.The sources said the expansion is being actively explored and would enable the company to expand products manufactured in the facility. Chobani's yogurt plant on County Route 25 near the Unadilla River employs approximately 1,000 people. The expansion the company is considering could result in the creation of a significant number of additional jobs, the sources said.

Hamdi Ulakaya Backed La Colombe considers selling a stake in the Philly-based coffee company

La Colombe, the premium coffee brand backed by billionaire yogurt mogul Hamdi Ulukaya, has hired Moelis & Co. to explore fundraising options, including the sale of a stake in the company.
The company is seeking a valuation north of $1 billion and is open to selling a minority or majority stake, according to a person familiar with the matter. La Colombe may also decide to take on outside investors in a bid to fuel growth, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

Chobani CEO Talks Online Groceries and Yogurt Giveaway

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer - In the span of a decade, Chobani went from being in just one supermarket to becoming the country's best-selling yogurt brand. It hasn't all been smooth — the company faces more competition than it used to, and has been embroiled in national debate over its open stance on refugees. As Chobani turns 10, CEO and founder Hamdi Ulukaya talked to The Associated Press about yogurt's place in online grocery delivery, products made from almonds and peas that are moving into the yogurt case and why the company is giving away free yogurts.

Irvin Receives $100,000 Donation from Chobani

CONCORD- W.M. Irvin Elementary students and staff were shocked when Ellen DeGeneres announced that the Chobani Foundation was donating $100,000 to the school for its BackPack program.
Emily Francis, English as a Second Language teacher at W.M. Irvin, traveled to California last week to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Francis was selected as a guest because of her kindness and dedication to her students. A former Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year, Francis moved from Guatemala to the United States when she was 15 and told Ellen she learned English by watching her on television.

The Chobani Way: Insights to Build Culture and Community

Hamdi Ulukaya never thought he would end up running a corporation in the United States. Growing up in a family of dairy farmers in eastern Turkey, the CEO of Chobani dreamed of making a career in public service. A few decades later, Chobani is a billion-dollar company built on a firm footing of social responsibility and inclusive company culture. On the stage at NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show in New York City, Ulukaya recounted the story of building the business and its unique corporate culture to Terry Lundgren, recently retired executive chairman and chairman of the board of Macy’s Inc.

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