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N.Y. returns to Top 3 highest producers of milk in the country

Rochester Business Journal
January 29, 2014

New York has regained its No. 3 state ranking in the production of milk, a move applauded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York produced 1.134 billion pounds in 2013, up 1.6 percent from 1.116 billion in 2012.

California ranked first in 2013 with 3.473 billion pounds of production. Wisconsin was second at 2.305 billion.

Idaho, which was third in 2012 with 1.119 billion pounds, produced 1.107 billion in 2013, a decline of 1.1 percent.

Cuomo attributed the 34-gallon increase to the state’s burgeoning yogurt industry. In addition, New York is the No. 1 producer of cream cheese and cottage cheese in the U.S., he said.

A $206 million Greek yogurt manufacturing facility opened in Batavia last June. The Muller Quaker Dairy operation is a partnership between PepsiCo Inc. and the Theo Muller Group.

New York ranked third nationally in milk production from 1972 to 2009.

“New York State has recaptured its spot as one of the top three milk producers in the country, proving that our efforts to create new economic opportunities for the dairy industry are working,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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