TWIN FALLS • Visiting members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee toured Chobani on Tuesday, getting a close look at the yogurt factory that will bring an estimated 400-500 jobs to Magic Valley.
Corporate spokeswoman Melissa Stagnaro talked about the company’s history and what it plans to do at its Twin Falls facility.
Legislators were interested in what attracted Chobani to SouthernIdaho (the labor pool and the milk availability, among other things, Stagnaro said).
Here are some of the Chobani facts the legislators heard from Stagnaro during the presentation:
• Currently, Chobani makes up 50 percent of the Greek yogurt market in theUnited States. The TwinFalls factory will allow the company to more easily reach markets in the West. “There is definitely room to grow,”Stagnaro said.
• It takes three pounds of milk to make one pound of Chobani yogurt, and 60,000 cows from 700 dairies to meet Chobani’s needs at their New York factory.
• The TwinFalls facility will be four times larger than what the company has in New York.
• So far, $300 million has been invested in construction for the approximately 900,000-square-foot facility.
Chobani doesn’t have a set opening date for the Twin Falls factory, though Stagnaro said officials hope to open soon. “This fall is definitely our goal,”she said.