The Chobani Story

Our journey is a special one

The Chobani Story

Our journey is a special one

Business can be a force for good

That’s always been what Hamdi Ulukaya, our founder and global CEO, has believed in. That a company can strengthen communities. That it can change people’s lives for the better. It’s what first inspired Hamdi to take out a loan in 2005, buy an old yogurt plant in upstate New York and bring together a small group of passionate people to make the authentic, wholesome yogurt he remembered from his childhood.

He called the company Chobani.

A name inspired by the Turkish word for ‘shepherd’. Infused with the hard-working, care-giving spirit of the mountain farmer, and enriched by the quality of the yogurt he made – yogurt that was Delicious, Nutritious, Natural and Accessible (the same DNNA philosophy we craft all our products with today).

From good food to real change


Quickly becoming the #1 yogurt brand in the US, it was time for Chobani to expand globally. Hamdi made the decision to bring Chobani to Australia, a land blessed with abundant natural resources, a nation of people passionate about food and a home to generational dairy farmers with a deep appreciation for quality milk. From day one, we knew we were building something special.


Hamdi brings his dream to Australia. He buys Bead Foods, producers of much-loved yogurt brand Gippsland Dairy™, after falling in love with the craftsmanship that goes into the product. The first pot of Chobani is sold.


Our friendship with Foodbank begins. United by our shared mission of fighting food insecurity, our connection is strong and authentic. To date, with the help of Foodbank, we’ve donated the equivalent of over 2 million meals to people in need.


Our range expands into Pouches as we recognise the need for a convenient, on-the-go yogurt option for both adults and kids that rings true to our DNNA.

We start working with Dandenong South Primary School supporting their School Breakfast Club program, because no kid should go hungry. Investing in their nutrition by volunteering our time and serving food and fresh fruit to those who may otherwise go without breakfast is our way to help them set the best foundations to develop and thrive.


Chobani launches Flip® in Australia! As maintaining a healthy diet becomes more important for many Aussies, we decide to expand into snacking. First-of-its-kind in Australia, Chobani Flip® combines the goodness of our Greek Yogurt with crave-worthy crunchy inclusions. Soon after this launch, Chobani becomes the #1 yogurt brand in the country.


As consumer needs continue to evolve, so does our range. Developed specifically for the Australian market, Chobani Fit® gives those looking for a higher protein yogurt an option in the Chobani range.


We continue to evolve and start a new chapter of our journey as we move into the plant-based space with the launch of Chobani Oat Milk®.  As our commitment to provide good, accessible food for all, we create oat milk that celebrates taste and flavour just as much as it does nutritional integrity.


Our innovation engine stretches to our four-legged friends with the creation of Daily Dollop®. Specially designed for sensitive doggy tums, this pawsome dog-urt addition continues to push the boundaries of product innovation.


We expand our Chobani Australia facility in our home of Dandenong South, Victoria, bringing all our Chobani teams onto one site to support our growth plans. More than just new warehouses and office spaces, our forever home is where we’ll be creating the Chobani magic now and in the future.

In collaboration with Foodbank, we reimagine what good food is capable of as we launch category-first limited edition Fruit for Good yogurt, with 100% of profits going directly to Foodbank. Together, with the kindness of our suppliers and retailers, we are able to provide over half a million meals to those in need.

We round off the year with our eyes set on new horizons as we launch Chobani into New Zealand.


We kick start a very special partnership with Eat Up, with our delicious and nutritious Greek Yogurt pouches now included in their free lunch offering for hungry school kids. Just like us, they were born out of one person’s passion to create change. We are besties from the get-go.

Health means different things to different people. For the consumer increasingly conscious of sugar intake we launch No Added Sugar. Our subtly sweet and deliciously creamy range is packed with one billion probiotics, high in natural protein and made with only natural ingredients.