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Schumer, Chairman of the Inaugural Ceremonies, Announces that Chobani Greek Yogurt Will Be Served Throughout the Capitol Before the Inaugural Ceremonies

President, Vice President, House & Senate Leaders, Cabinet Members, the Supreme Court and other Dignitaries All Can Enjoy Chobani Yogurt Before Inaugural Ceremony

Schumer: Democrats and Republicans Will Agree – Chobani Yogurt Is Some Of Upstate NY’s Finest


Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Chobani Greek Yogurt, founded and produced in Chenango County, NY, will be served throughout the Capitol to special guests before the start of the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies. Schumer, Chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said Chobani will provide vanilla and plain yogurt to be served with strawberries, pineapples, pears and granola toppings to Inaugural guests, including the President, the Vice President and their families. Schumer today said the choice of Chobani Greek yogurt shows the strength New York’s dairy industry, which is a significant part of the economy in Upstate New York, supporting over 1,200 direct local jobs.  


“Serving Chobani Greek Yogurt before the Inaugural Ceremonies shines a spotlight on one of New York’s biggest, and most delicious, dairy companies,” said Schumer. “President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Cabinet and all VIPs attending the Inauguration will get a chance to try some of the best Greek yogurt in the country. I’m pleased to be able to showcase a fantastic New York company.”


“We’re incredibly proud of our New York roots and honored to be a part of the Inaugural Ceremonies as we look towards America’s future,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani Founder, President and CEO. “The Chobani story demonstrates that the American spirit is alive and well and proves that if you truly believe in something and work hard, anything is possible.”


Chobani Greek Yogurt was founded in 2005 with the help of a SBA 504 loan, and first hit store shelves in 2007. In just over five years, the company has skyrocketed from start-up to a $1 billion business, employing over 1,700 worldwide. Chobani has production facilities in New Berlin, N.Y. and a newly constructed 1 million square foot facility in Twin Falls, Idaho.


The yogurt will be available throughout the Capitol in the hours leading up to the ceremony, and will be offered to members of both political parties in all three branches of governments, former Presidents and Vice Presidents, and other dignitaries.


After the Inaugural Ceremonies conclude their will an Inaugural Luncheon held for President Obama, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, the Supreme Court and Cabinet members. 


The luncheon menu will feature a number of New York products including Golden Harvest Orchards Apples in the third course featuring a Hudson Valley apple pie with sour cream ice cream, aged cheese, and honey. The apples are from Golden Harvest Orchards in Valatie, Columbia County.  The honey will come from Seaway Trail Honey in Rochester. Cooperstown Cheese Company, in Otsego, NY, will be supplying the cheese. Two of the wines to be served along the first and second course also hail from New York. Three vineyards in the Finger Lakes Region, Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, and Red Newt Cellars, have collaborated to produce a Tierce 2010 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling. A 2009 merlot from Bedell Cellars, from the North Fork of Long Island, will be served alongside the second course.


The luncheon menu reflects Schumer’s choice of a theme for the 57th Inaugural Ceremonies. “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and unity and marks the sesquicentennial year of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the new Capitol Dome in 1863. When the Civil War threatened to bring construction of the Dome to a halt, workers pressed onward, even without pay, until Congress approved additional funding to complete the Dome that would become a symbol of unity and democracy to the entire world. The menu features American agricultural products that have long been popular in our cuisine, but with an added modern touch. It is a celebration of American farms and agriculture, with a nod to their bright future and continued place in our culture.


The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) is responsible for the oversight and planning of the Presidential Inauguration and related ceremonies on the U.S. Capitol grounds.


The Joint Committee was authorized by S. Con. Res. 35, which passed the Senate on March 1, 2012, and the House on March 5th.  Members of JCCIC are appointed by the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. In accordance with tradition, the Senate representatives on JCCIC are Majority Leader Harry Reid, Rules Committee Chairman Charles E. Schumer, and Rules Committee Ranking Member Lamar Alexander.  The House members of JCCIC are Speaker John A. Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.


S. Con. Res. 35 established the date of the 2013 Inauguration as Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013 falls on a Sunday.  This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday.  The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985.  When this occurs, the public ceremonies traditionally are held on Monday.


In addition, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will be the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a Presidential Inauguration. The first was President Bill Clinton’s second Inauguration in 1997.


You can follow the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies on our Facebook page at!/JCCIC and on Twitter at @jccic201


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