SILICON VALLEY OF YOGURT

Jennifer Daniel

GRAPHIC BY BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK

With 28 plants and one more to open by yearend, New York is the nation’s fastest-growing yogurt producer. The facilities produced 553 million pounds in 2011, doubling 2005’s total. California still makes the most yogurt, but New York is tops when it comes to Greek.

Müller and PepsiCo

Batavia, opens summer of 2013

A joint venture between PepsiCo and German dairy company Theo Müller is building its first yogurt plant.

Upstate Niagara Cooperative

West Seneca, 2006

Alpina

Batavia, 2012

Colombia-based Alpina’s first U.S. yogurt plant.

North Country Dairy

North Lawrence, 1969

Originally built in 1900, this dairy wasn’t used for yogurt making until almost 70 years later. In 2011 the facility was purchased by Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

Chobani

South Edmeston, 2005

Ulukaya launched Chobani in 2007, two years after buying this former Kraft plant. It takes in 3 million pounds of milk a week, from which it makes 1 million pounds of yogurt.

Fage USA Dairy

Johnstown, 2008

The U.S. facility of Chobani’s Greek rival.

Sunrise Family Farms

Norwich, 2005

The U.S. contract manufacturer for Siggi’s, an Icelandic-style brand.

Yogurt isn’t just upstate; there are two producers in Queens, two on Long Island, and two in Brooklyn.

DATA: NY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS

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