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HAMDI ULUKAYA RECOGNIZED FOR TRANSFORMING THE YOGURT AISLE, BRINGING GREEK YOGURT TO MASS CONSUMER

Chobani President, Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya was recognized today at the fourth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards as a catalyst for change in the packaged goods industry. Hamdi’s steadfast focus to make high quality yogurt, made with only natural ingredients, affordable and accessible to everyone—combined with his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to catalyze a consumer-led movement—has grown Chobani into a $1 billion business in just five years.

Today, as the No. 1 selling Greek Yogurt brand in America, Chobani continues to transform the yogurt aisle, with recent product innovations that take yogurt beyond breakfast and fun formats of authentic strained Greek Yogurt made for kids.

“Innovation isn’t all about technology. At its core, innovation is about change—being bold enough to challenge the simplest idea and looking for ways to do it better,” said Ulukaya. “Together, this group of honorees represents that change, and I’m honored to share in this celebration of innovating and disrupting.”

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), in association with the Disruptor Foundation and Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen, father of Disruptive Innovation Theory, honored innovators, pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines and domains at the fourth annual awards ceremony, hosted by NYU Stern School of Business. The ceremony showcased the applications of and advancements in disruptive innovation theory that have spread far beyond the original technological and industrial realms.

Additional award winners include Twyla Tharp, Choreographer, Author and Founder of Twyla Tharp Dance; City of Manchester, Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive; THINX; Jack Andraka; I F*cking Love Science/Science is Awesome Creator, Elise Andrew – Henry IV Prize, presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center; Glenn Beck, Founder and Owner, TheBlaze; Nicolas Berggruen, Think Long Committee for California, The Berggruen Institute on Governance and Author: Intelligent Governance for the 21stCentury: A Middle Way Between West and East; Garrett Camp, Founder, StumbleUpon and Uber; GE FOCUS FORWARD, Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of GE and Morgan Spurlock, Co-Founder of cinelan; Forbes Magazine; Ken Goldberg and Ayorkor Korsah, Co-Founders, The African Robotics Network (AFRON) ; Henry Jackson Initiative; Norma Kamali, Designer and Wellness Advocate; Kenzo Digital, Director/Artist; Deborah Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, Harlem Village Academies; Beau Lotto, Founder, Lottolab Studio; STEM to STEAM, John Maeda, President, Rhode Island School of Design; Urban Dictionary Creator, Aaron Peckham; Psy, South Korean Artist/Global Phenomenon; and Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Founder, Define American.

Visit www.chobani.com or www.tribecadisruptiveinnovationawards.com for more information.