Chobani, a New Berlin, N.Y. based yogurt manufacturer, announced a $1.5 million gift to the Cornell University department of food science to support research and workforce training in dairy quality.
The gift will benefit the dairy industry through staffing and training programs that support dairy quality, leadership and innovation, Chobani said. The funding will be used to create on-site opportunities for faculty, students and staff, including food safety and quality workshops as well as graduate student support for relevant research initiatives.
"This partnership will strengthen the science behind New York's dairy industry and help us better accomplish our land-grant mission to bring new information, technologies and a well-prepared workforce to this expansive industry," said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Yogurt, including high-protein Greek yogurt, has become an economic powerhouse in upstate New York, with New York firms now accounting for 70% of all Greek yogurt sales.
Established in 2005, Chobani now has nearly 3,000 employees globally and sales of more than $1 billion a year.