Plusses and Minuses for NY Dairy in the Great Greek Yogurt Boom
The recent rise of Greek yogurt has put the high-protein snack in grocery stores nationwide and turned the Empire State into the largest producer of yogurt in the country. But while increased demand has surged for the chic treat, the growth of New York's dairy farmers to match it has been less than scrumptious.
Greek yogurt leaders Chobani and Fage started the boom in 2007 and 2008, and production has tripled since then. Now there are more than 40 yogurt plants scattered across the state, surpassing even California's yogurt industry. Steve Hyde, who directs the Genesee County Economic Development Corp., calls New York "the Silicon Valley of yogurt."
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