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A Lawsuit Claims Chobani Stole a Yogurt Recipe From Fage

Inspecting yogurt containers at Chobani's plant in New Berlin, N.Y.
Inspecting yogurt containers at Chobani's plant in New Berlin, N.Y.Photograph by Heather Ainsworth/The New York Times via Redux

In a new court filing—part of an ongoing lawsuit going back to 2012—the ex-wife of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya claims he stole the recipe “by bribing a former employee of Fage,” according to the New York Post.

The latest allegation comes in a lawsuit by Ayse Giray, Ulukaya’s ex-wife, who claims ownership of 53 percent of Chobani. In Giray’s account, Ulukaya allegedly met a former Fage employee in Europe and paid him €30,000 ($41,109. Chobani is reportedly in talks to sell a stake to private-equity firm TPG.