Norwich, N.Y. – A Greek yogurt manufacturer is planning its third production facility – and this one is coming to Canada.
Chobani, which was founded in 2005 in Central New York State, has seen huge growth, quickly becoming the number-1 selling yogurt in the U.S.
The news that a third facility is coming to Canada was reported on FoodNavigator-USA.com.
The company first launched its products in Canada last November after receiving requests from Canadian consumers to bring the yogurt North.
The launch included five flavours: Black Cherry, Strawberry, Peach, Plain and Pomegranate, which are sold at a variety of Loblaw banner stores in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.
The expansion into Canada came on the heels of an announcement that the company was building its second production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. This plant is scheduled to open in mid-2012.
The second plant is 900,000 sq. ft. on a 200-acre plot of agricultural and industrial land. The company says it is investing more than $100 million to build a state-of-the-art, high-capacity production facility. It’s also being designed for future expansion if it becomes necessary. The company says the Twin Falls facility will match the New York State plant’s capacity, which produces 1.6 million cases per week.
The company says the second plant will enable consumers to more easily find the products and Chobani to work on more product innovations.
The company makes its yogurt using a centuries old straining process. The yogurt contains five types of live and active cultures including three strains of probiotics. All of the company’s products are gluten-free, Kosher certified, made with milk free of rBST and provide two times more protein than regular yogurt.
The company also lives by its Nothing But Good philosophy and is committed to supporting local farmers and gives a portion of its annual profits to charities worldwide through the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.