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New York repeats as nation's yogurt king

Rochester Business Journal
May 27, 2014

New York has defended its title as the top producer of yogurt in the nation, making 741 million pounds in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

New York accounted for 15.7 percent of the yogurt made in the United States in 2013, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service shows. California ranked second last year at 591 million pounds.

New York reached No. 1 in 2012 with 695 million pounds.

“New York’s dairy farmers and yogurt producers are the cream of the crop in their industry, and I congratulate them on once again securing this well-deserved honor,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Some 4,718 million pounds of yogurt was made nationwide in 2013, up from 4,416 million pounds in 2012, the USDA statistics service reported.

New York dairy manufacturers employed 9,470 in 2013, with total wages of $513 million, data shows. The state industry employed 7,759 in 2010, with wages totaling $400 million.

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