$1.5M gift from Chobani supports dairy innovation at Cornell University

By WBNG News

$1.5M gift from Chobani supports dairy innovation at Cornell University

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 11:31 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) By producing 692 million pounds of yogurt, New York surpassed California as the top producer in the United States in 2012.

According to a news release issued earlier this month, a $1.5 million gift from New York-based industry leader Chobani to Cornell University will support research and workforce training in dairy quality to help maintain New York’s competitive edge.

“Cornell’s Department of Food Science is one of the leading programs of its kind in the world – a match to Chobani’s leading role in Greek yogurt,” said Chobani President and Chief Operating Officer David Denholm.

The gift will benefit the dairy industry through staffing and training programs that support dairy quality, leadership, and innovation. 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. “Our goal is not only high-quality dairy products, but also economic growth in communities that need it the most.”