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.