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Companies We Love and the People Behind Them: Chobani and Hamdi Ulukaya

In this month’s companies we love and the people behind them, we spotlight Hamdi Ulukaya from Chobani! Hamdi Ulukaya is the man behind the best selling yogurt brand in the United States, Chobani. Born in Turkey, Ulukaya came to the U.S. to study business in 1994. With his father’s encouragement he started Euphrates, a feta cheese company, in New York in 2001. One day Ulukaya saw an ad for a yogurt plant by Kraft for sale. The ad was in his junk mail pile so he threw it away. A couple hours later he dug it out of the trash and decided calling for more information couldn’t hurt. After visiting the plant, he knew he had to have it and...

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