Chobani Looking To Expand Market For Greek Yogurt

Image Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) In December 2012, Chobani expanded its nationwide network by opening its newest factory in Twin Falls. The company produces as many as 4.2 million cases of yogurt a week and that could be doubling. The yogurt company announced the future of the greek yogurt industry in Idaho. The largest yogurt production facility in the world is right here in the magic valley. The greek yogurt company Chobani plans on getting greek yogurt in the hands of students. "We're announcing were trying to get greek yogurt accepted into the USDA school nutrition program” said Senator Mike Crapo, Idaho.

Currently, the U.S.D.A. doesn't allow greek yogurt in schools because serving size is defined by nutrition and not by protein.

"The positive things for the kids it would deliver nutrition, high protein, no preservative and this will be beneficial for the kids and twin falls and the community” said CFO Jim McConeghy, Chobani.

Currently, more than six hundred people work at the one million square foot plant in Twin Falls.

“Our plant is at a quarter of its capacity, any new product and increase of demand will certainly have an impact on what we produce here” said Melissa Stagnaro, Chobani.

A decision waiting to be made by the U.S.D.A.

That could bring more jobs to the area and yogurt to schools across the gem state.

Chobani is expecting the U.S.D.A to approve a nutrition pilot program in four states by late fall.
Last modified onSaturday, 06 May 2017 10:07