Porter Z. Long, 25, is a research and development scientist for Chobani at its yogurt factory in Twin Falls, Idaho.

What does your job entail?

I create flavors for yogurt, taking an idea, such as mint chocolate, and developing it into a commercial product. Right now, I’m working on Flip products, which have mix-ins like nuts or seeds to add to the yogurt cup.

How did you get into this line of work?

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a bachelor’s in food science. After Chobani gave a presentation on campus, I decided to apply. After the second interview, they invited me to Twin Falls and asked me to create some yogurt products. I offered up a sesame-miso-flavored Greek yogurt dressing and an avocado-lime-cilantro yogurt dip. Those ideas haven’t turned into a Chobani yogurt, but I did get a job offer.

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