North Country Farmers Happy With Greek Yogurt Boom

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In recent years, yogurt -- especially Greek yogurt -- has exploded in popularity.


And now, yogurt production in New York is number one in the country.


On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state is officially America's yogurt capital, surpassing California last year as the top producer of yogurt in the U.S.


After the governor's yogurt summit in August of last year, he says he's followed through on promises he made to lift some of the costly regulations for dairy farmers.


"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," Cuomo said in a statement.


Dairy farmers say more and more milk produced in the north country is going into the state's yogurt production.


Demand, they say, is on the rise.


"They sell it faster than we can make it," dairy farmer Lynn Murray said.


"So, there's certainly a demand out there and it doesn't look like it's a temporary thing," Murray said. "It looks like people enjoy Greek yogurt."


Yogurt plants in New York have nearly tripled production in the last five years.


Dairy farmers say they hope the growth continues.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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