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Hamdi Ulukaya      

CEO, President & Founder of Chobani Greek Yogurt

A self-proclaimed “dairy boy,” Hamdi Ulukaya was born in Erzincan, Turkey, where he grew up working on his family’s sheep farm and dairy manufacturing operations.

Hamdi Ulukaya entered the business world with the vision of bringing superior products to the U.S. market, which led to the creation of two dairy product ventures. In 2002, Hamdi launched Euphrates Feta, in Johnstown, N.Y., which quickly became one of the most successful wholesale feta cheese companies in the country. In 2005, he founded one of the world’s fastest growing consumer brands, Chobani Greek Yogurt, in New Berlin, N.Y.

In February 2012, Chobani and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced a partnership to fuel Team USA through the winter Olympics in 2014.

Today, Chobani is the No. 1 yogurt in America. Its Central New York yogurt plant, which used to see only one milk truck a day, now uses over three million pounds of milk a day and ships over 1.6 million cases each week.

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At Chobani, the Turkish King of Greek Yogurt - Businessweek

Hamdi Ulukaya sits in a restaurant in upstate New York, waggling a rolled-up slice of pizza, making bombastic pronouncements about yogurt. As the founder ...

Rebecca Mead: How Chobani's Greek Yogurt Became an American ...

In 1996, Hamdi Ulukaya, a twenty-five-year-old student from Turkey, was attending language school in Troy, New York. He had left home for America two years ...

Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani Named Ernst & Young World ...

Hamdi Ulukaya, the Founder, President and CEO of Chobani, based in the United States.

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