New York becomes yogurt capital of the nation

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Move over California, there’s a new state at the top of the heap in yogurt production: New York.

According to the Associated Press, New York produced 692 million pounds of yogurt last year to claim the top ranking from California, where producers churned out 587 million pounds.

Yogurt plants in New York have tripled production since 2008, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lifted many environmental regulations to encourage milk production. Click here to read more.

“The new New York State is a place where businesses can grow and thrive, and the fact that New York State is now, for the first time ever, the nation’s leader in yogurt production demonstrates that our efforts to open the state’s doors to business and grow the private sector are truly working,” Governor Cuomo said in a news release. “Our state government is working closer together with the private sector than ever before, rolling back bureaucratic red tape and addressing the burdens that are facing job creators. With New York State officially being crowned Yogurt Capital of America, it is clear that our approach to growing the economy and creating an entrepreneurial government is paying off.”

During the last couple of months, New York has moved past Idaho as the third-largest milk-producing state, and thanks to the state’s thriving yogurt companies, the New York dairy industry is booming. Chobani, the country’s top Greek yogurt producer, says that 93 percent of the milk used by its New York plant comes from local dairies.

"Our focus is bringing that quality milk in upstate New York and making high quality milk, adding value to it," says Chobani CEO Halil Ulukaya.

Read, “Yogurt boom ignites N.Y. dairy rebound.”

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Carroll Wade    
N Y  |  April, 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Farmers in N Y and elsewhere have increased their debt and borrowed money to stay in business while the yogurt businesses have grown and thrived on cheap milk . Until that changes , farmers will be the losers . Retail prices for conventional yogurt about $190 / hundred of milk in the past few weeks . Chobani was about $102.30 and FAGE $77.50 . The reason for FAGE being the lowest price per hundred is that they use 4 pounds of milk to make one pound of yogurt while Chobani uses 3 pounds and conventional uses one pound and sometime uses a filler to extend the volume of production . Perhaps we need some standards of identity for all yogurts . Maybe even standards in the process used to make the product . There is a lot of room for more monies to be paid to the farmers without raising the price to the consumers any . All we have to do is ASK for the increase , if they don't want to pay for it , use the milk in other ways or just don't produce it in the first place . It doesn't make sense to sell our milk below our cost of production , any of it !!!

ny  |  April, 25, 2013 at 08:35 PM

I am within 10 miles of chobani and farms continue to go out of business. Not much of a boon to local dairies.

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