COLUMBUS – Yesterday was a day of celebration for Agro Farma, as the Chenango County-based producer of Chobani brand Greek-style yogurt marked the beginning of the next chapter of the company’s growth with a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its new refrigerated warehouse
“This is an exciting day for us,” said Agro Farma’s founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, as he greeted local dignitaries, business leaders and community members who were on hand for the event. Congressman Mike Arcuri, Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Cliff Crouch were among those in attendance.
Ulukaya called construction of the 150,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse, which will serve as the company’s national distribution hub, a “milestone” for the five-year-old company.
The Turkish-born businessman acquired the former Kraft facility in 2005, and started the venture with just five employees. When the Chobani brand was launched in 2007, the plant was producing only a couple of hundred cases a week. Today, the company churns out 500,000 cases per week and is the number one selling brand of yogurt in the Northeast, according to Ulukaya.