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Do we really consider Chobani an Idaho company?

Many companies are considered Idahoans. Recently someone told me that Chobani was a local company in Idaho. Sure, they have a plant in Twin Falls, but are they really an Idaho company?

Chobani is known for Greek yogurt and has turned the entire industry on its head with its “Flips” yogurt. It has been part of the Idaho business scene since late 2012, when it opened its Twin Falls facility. It was a big help to the local economy. This made Chobani an even larger player in the dairy industry nationwide.

If you compare this to companies like Albertsons and WinCo, you can follow their story much further. The first Albertsons opened on State Street in 1939, while WinCo was also founded in Boise in 1967. Both have established themselves as major players in the United States grocery industry, with Albertsons being the largest.

While Albertsons and WinCo track down Her roots lie in the Gem State. Chobani's roots go back to New York, where they were founded in 2005 and continue to operate and have their headquarters. However, the impact Chobani has made in Twin Falls in such a short amount of time has to be worth something. Their Twin Falls plant is one of the largest yogurt plants in the world, not just in the United States. Their commitment to sustainability and social engagement also reflects our country's values.

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Just because Chobani didn't start in Idaho doesn't mean it isn't Idahoan now. How many of us who live here and call Idaho home were actually born here? In most parts of the state, there are now more transplants than native Idahoans. While the future of Albertsons is unclear, Chobani continues to create local jobs and is committed to the Twin FGalls community and made a positive Impact on the economy.

Chobani may not be the first company that comes to mind when thinking about doing business in Idaho. Still, it ranks with Idaho companies like Albertsons and WinCo.

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