NY Officials Seek Pilot Greek Yogurt Program

Greek-YogurtNew York officials want the state to be part of a pilot program to test the cost-effectiveness of serving Greek yogurt in school meal programs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is starting a pilot program that could lead to more Greek yogurt in schools as early as April. State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine has written the USDA urging that New York be chosen for that program.
The Greek yogurt business has been booming nationwide and in New York. Two of the largest Greek yogurt producers, Chobani and Fage, have production facilities in upstate New York and buy tons of milk from dairy farmers in the region.
Sen. Charles Schumer says New York’s participation would boost nutrition for students and help the state’s dairy farmers.
(source: WSJ, AP)


  1. Chobani is an American brand of Greek yogurt produced by Chobani Inc. Chobani
    yogurt is an Anglicized spelling of the Persian chob-ban, meaning “shepherd” literally he who carries a stick something that shepherds traditionally do. The company was founded in 2005 when Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant to the United States, bought a plant in the town of New Berlin, New York, that was being closed by Kraft Foods. Ulukaya hired several of the former Kraft employees as well as a “yogurt master” and launched his brand in 2007 as per wikipedia…

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