The new bill came to be, consequently, on the same day as the administration hosted its second “Yogurt Summit,” a clear signal that the bill was about more than the governor’s dairy penchant:
Two of the leading brands of Greek Yogurt – Chobani and Fage – have plants upstate. And in 2012, New York surpassed California as the nation’s top yogurt producer, accounting for 15.7 percent of all U.S. yogurt production, according to the Cuomo administration.
“This designation is a fitting recognition of the importance of this state’s yogurt industry, which has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years, making New York the top yogurt producer in the nation,” Cuomo said.
“We will continue to work with New York producers and dairy farmers to build upon this progress and further strengthen this critically important industry.”
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