Sources close to the matter are suggesting that Greek yogurt maker Chobani may be planning a “significant expansion” to its central and upstate New York operations.
According to a report from Syracuse, New York-based news source The Post-Standard, Chobani is actively exploring plans that would allow the company to significantly expand the number of products manufactured in its South Edmeston facility.
"As a growth company, we explore opportunities on an ongoing basis to fuel our momentum," Michael Gonda, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement. "While we have nothing to announce at this time, we're committed to our continued growth in Central New York and proud of our current contributions and the future opportunity here."
The company’s current facility employs roughly 1,000 people, and sources suggest an expansion would result in many new jobs and a significant increase in the amount of milk the plant consumes and processes. The facility was originally constructed in 1920 and operated by Kraft Foods until 2005. Two years later, in 2007, Chobani Founder Hamdi Ulukaya bought the plant and began manufacturing Greek yogurt in the facility.
Will this purported expansion lead to expanded product offerings and production capability for Chobani? Deli Market News will continue to report.