New York state Senator Michael Ranzenhofer introduced legislation making yogurt the official “state snack.”
In nominating yogurt, S6695-2013 states: “Yogurt is a healthy food that tastes great and is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium and magnesium, all nutrients that are an important part of a good diet. Yogurt is also an important economic driver across our state; in fact New York is now the number one processor of yogurt in the country. Increasing demand for milk, the primary component in yogurt, has helped to support and grow our dairy industry and provide important economic growth to our rural communities. New York is now fifth in the nation in milk production, producing over 13 billion pounds in 2012, in part fueled by the demand from yogurt processors.
“Both from a health standpoint and economic standpoint, yogurt is particularly suitable as the state snack.”