Chobani, founded by former UAlbany student Hamdi Ulukaye, headquartered in New Berlin, New York and the second-largest yogurt maker in the USA, has picked Idaho, not NYS, as the site its new $21 million research center. This Greek yogurt giant grew rapidly after first arriving on store shelves in 2007. It has now grown to $2 billion in annual sales. Governor Cuomo has bragged about Chobani being in New York State. Now Idaho Governor Butch Otter said Chobani’s expansion is evidence that the company has strong roots in Idaho.
One can only wonder why a major New York State success would head west to Idaho.