Greek yoghurt maker Chobani could be valued at more than $10 billion in its initial public offering (IPO), a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the company confidentially filed regulatory paperwork for its stock market listing.
The food sector has gained investor attention over the past few years, especially as fast-food chains and upscale restaurants create new menus to attract health- and environment-conscious diners.
Chobani, which means shepherd in Turkish, makes yoghurt, oat milk, dairy- and plant-based creamers and probiotic beverages, and ready-to-drink coffee.
It was founded in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant to the United States, who took a small loan and bought an old yoghurt plant, according to its website. The first cup of Chobani Greek yoghurt hit store shelves in 2007.
The company, which has factories in New York, Idaho and Australia, has not yet determined the number of shares it plans to sell or the price range for its proposed offering.
It rejected a bid for a majority stake from beverage giant PepsiCo Inc in 2016, arguing that it wanted to remain independent.