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Chobani donating 1.3 million lbs. of milk to hurricane victims
November 14, 2017

Chobani closed its big yogurt plant near New Berlin Monday for 12 days of scheduled maintenance, but the company has found another use for some of the milk the plant won’t be using during the shutdown.

Chobani is diverting 1.3 million pounds of milk to a drying plant, where it will be turned into powder and shipped in five-pound bags to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“This is our way of trying to do our part for those impacted by natural disaster – building on the work our teams have been doing on the ground in Texas, Florida and California in recent months,” Chobani founder, Chairman and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya told dairy farmers across New York in a letter Wednesday. “It’s also intended to prevent any milk from going into the ground while we’re offline and so I wanted to share this news with you first.”

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in September, knocking out power to millions and devastating the agricultural industry, including many dairy farms, on the islands.

In August and September, Chobani shipped more than 350,000 cups of its Greek yogurt to food banks and shelters in areas of Texas and Florida hit by hurricanes and areas of California hit by massive wildfires.

Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant, started Chobani in 2005 at a former Kraft plant on County Road 25 in South Edmeston, an Otsego County hamlet 60 miles southeast of Syracuse.

 

Source: NYUp.com


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