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Chobani Layoffs Not Indicative of a Company in Trouble, Spokesman Says

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By    |   Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 08:45 AM

The recent round of Chobani layoffs might spell bad news for the temporary and regular employees at the company's Idaho plant, but they don't necessarily mean trouble for the Greek yogurt leader's future.

The Twin Falls Times-News reported that three-fourths of the layoffs would affect temporary workers, while the rest would come from the company's permanent hires ranks. A spokesman declined to give specific figures on the number of people laid off, but said the move is not indicative of Chobani's overall success.

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"There is no larger story," the spokesman told the Times-News. "Chobani is far from being in trouble. When we first came to Twin Falls, we hired temporary employees as we ramped up the plant. It's normal to hire temporary employees for temporary work."

Chobani reportedly predicted it would hire 400 employees to run the $450 million plant when it opened in 2012. The spokesman said the plant is now "well beyond" those hiring numbers.

"After a thorough and comprehensive review of our business, we made the very difficult but necessary decision to operate our plant at its original design and eliminate certain positions," Chobani said in a statement, according to the Times-News.

Some, though, publicly complained about the layoffs, charging that the company accepted generous tax breaks to open the plant.



The Idaho plant was part of a recall that hit Chobani products in September after some customers reported illnesses from moldy yogurt cups. Consumers complained about "swelling and bloating" after eating yogurt produced mostly at the Twin Falls facility with expiration dates from Sept. 13 through Oct. 7.

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The recent round of Chobani layoffs might spell bad news for the temporary and regular employees at the company's Idaho plant, but they don't necessarily mean trouble for the Greek yogurt leader's future.
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