New York is officially America’s yogurt capital, surpassing California in 2012 as the top producer of yogurt in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a release Thursday.
New York yogurt processors produced 692 million pounds of yogurt in 2012, compared to 587 million pounds of yogurt in California. By comparison, in 2011, California produced 627 million pounds of yogurt, compared to 554 million pounds here in New York State.
While the state has gained a reputation as a national leader in Greek yogurt production, this is the first time since data on yogurt production has been available that New York has led the nation in all yogurt production. In the last five years, New York’s yogurt plants have nearly tripled in production, and milk production grew by more than one billion pounds.
New York State is also the fourth largest milk producing state in the country, producing 13.2 billion pounds of milk in 2012.