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NY tops US yogurt producer list

NY tops US yogurt producer list

New York is the top yogurt producer in the nation for a second year in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo anno
NY tops US yogurt producer list
Fage Greek Yogurt, produced in Fulton County.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

New York is the top yogurt producer in the nation for a second year in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

In 2013, the state produced 741 million pounds of yogurt. That’s 46 pounds more compared to the previous year. New York beat out California, which produced 591 million pounds of yogurt in 2013.

New York also passed Idaho earlier this year as the third highest producer of milk in the nation for 2013. Last year, the state’s dairy industry employed 9,470 workers with total wages of $513 million, according to the governor’s office.

New York is home to some of the top yogurt manufacturers in the country including Chobani in New Berlin, Chenango County, and Fage in Johnstown, Fulton County.

The news comes after the state Senate passed a bill earlier this month that would name yogurt as New York’s official state snack. The legislation is awaiting a vote by the Assembly before the end of legislative session.

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