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USDA Secretary Perdue: Upstate Farms Important

USDA Secretary Perdue:

Upstate Farms Important

During a surprise visit to Chobani’s yogurt plant in West Edmeston yesterday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonnie Perdue emphasized the importance of farming to New York State’s economy. The visit following testimony before the House Agriculture Committee in February where, in under questioning by U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19th, Perdue said the USDA has no responsibility to support Upstate farms if they were too small to be financially viable.  At Chobani, an international farm-product success story, Perdue appeared on a panel with U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica.  (Photo courtesy WKTV)
Chobani CEO Donates $50,000 To Pay Off School Lunch Debt

Chobani CEO Donates $50K

To Pay Kids’ School-Lunch Debt

Hamdi Ulukaya

NEW BERLIN – Alarmed over the threat of the Warwick, R.I. threat to stop serving hot lunches to students whose parents owed lunch money to the school, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya donated $50,000 to the school to ensure all students receive a hot meal, according to The Providence Journal.

“Every child should have access to natural, nutritious & delicious food, so @Chobani is doing our small part to help pay this debt,” he tweeted yesterday afternoon from his personal account, @hamdiulukaya.

Chobani Doubles Grant Dollars for SC New York Economic Development

Chobani Doubles Grants

To Underwrite ‘Big Ideas,’

Bring Jobs To CNY Region

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

WEST EDMESTON – Chobani has doubled its “impact fund” from $100,000 to $200,000 to award Central New York organizations that propose “big ideas” that “strengthen local economies…right at home,” a company spokesperson announced in a press release.

The company created a Community Impact Fund in 2018 for ideas to  “help expand economic opportunity and promote entrepreneurship in the regions where our employees live and work” – Otsego, Delaware, Chenango and Madison and Otsego counties.

On ’60 Minutes,’ Founder Recounts Chobani Story

On ’60 Minutes,’ Founder

Recounts Chobani Story

Hamdi Ulukaya recounts how he came to develop Chobani in New Berlin to “60 Minutes”‘ Steve Croft. The episode aired last evening on CBS.  Now a billionaire and living in Norwich, Ulukaya was living on Cooperstown’s Pioneer Street when he founded what became a yogurt-producing behemoth.
CLICK HERE FOR ’60 MINUTES’ TRANSCRIPT
WATCH EXCERPT OF INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE
NYT: RIGHT TARGETS CHOBANI’S FOUNDER

NYT: RIGHT TARGETS

CHOBANI’S FOUNDER

In today's business section of the New York Times, and at nytimes.com, the newspaper is reporting Chobani founder Hamdi Ulakaya is being targeted on social media and the right-wing Breitbart News as too friendly toward refugees. Ulukaya, a native of Turkey, visited the island of Lesbos, where boats carrying refugees seeking to enter Europe from North Africa were capzing
In today’s business section of the New York Times, and at nytimes.com, the newspaper is reporting Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya is being targeted on social media and the right-wing Breitbart News as too friendly toward refugees. Ulukaya, a native of Turkey, visited the island of Lesbos last spring when boats carrying refugees seeking to enter Europe from North Africa were capsizing and hundreds were drowning, and is trying to allay the situation, the newspaper reports.
Seward Samples Chobani At Dairy Day In Albany

Seward Samples Chobani

At Dairy Day In Albany

Photo, suggested caption:  Senator James L. Seward (center) learns about some of Chobani’s newest products during the 2016 Legislative Dairy Day in Albany.  From left, Chobani Community Engagement Manager Cassie Treen, Senator Seward, Chobani Community Engagement Coordinator Don Brown. 
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, had a chance to sample Chobani products manufactured by his constituents in South Edmeston at the company’s booth at 2016 Legislative Dairy Day yesterday at the state Capitol.   With him are Chobani Community Engagement Manager Cassie Treen, an Edmeston native, left, and Community Engagement Coordinator Don Brown, Waterville.
Hamdi Ulukaya Distributes 10% Of Chobani Stock To Employees

Hamdi Ulukaya Distributes 10%

Of Chobani Stock To Employees

Some May Become Millionaires, New York Times Reports
Hamdi Ulukaya four years ago at his New Berllin plant. (AllOTSEGO.com)
Hamdi Ulukaya four years ago at his New Berllin plant. (AllOTSEGO.com)

NEW BERLIN — The 2,000 full-time employees of the yogurt company Chobani were handed quite the surprise on Tuesday: an ownership stake that could make some of them millionaires, the New York Times is reporting.

Hamdi Ulukaya, the Turkish immigrant who founded Chobani in 2005, told workers at the company’s plant here in upstate New York that he would be giving them shares worth up to 10 percent of the company when it goes public or is sold … continue to full story

Chobani Gives Million Yogurts To Needy

Chobani Gives Million Yogurts To Needy

WebNEW BERLIN – Chobani is donating one million cups of Greek yogurt to New Yorkers in need this holiday season, the company announced today.

The first one million cups will be distributed to City Harvest, a food-rescue organization dedicated to helping feed more than 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.
The company began loading product today at its New Berlin plant, which will be transported to City Harvest’s facilities to be distributed around the state.

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