Greek Yogurt to be introduced in NYS ...

Greek Yogurt to be introduced in NYS Schools!

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Happy Farmer

New Hartford, NY

#1 Jul 16, 2013
SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York dairy farmers could get a boost from a new federal initiative designed to test the effectiveness of putting Greek yogurt in schools nationwide.

New York is one of four states, along with Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona, taking part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Greek Yogurt Pilot Program.

Greek yogurt is a booming industry in upstate New York. Because yogurt is highly perishable, the USDA is limiting the program to four states that represent different regions of the country with varying proximity to yogurt manufacturers.

The program will test distribution through different warehousing models.

“Starting this school year, students across the state will be balancing New York-made Greek yogurt on their lunch trays,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who said he proposed the initiative in June 2012.“I am thrilled that New York schools will have a chance to participate in the first-ever Greek yogurt pilot program in September. Schools in New York, and the other three states participating in the pilot, will soon see that Greek yogurt is an affordable and nutritious high-protein option for their menus. It’s a boon for New York yogurt and dairy industries and it’s beneficial for the health of our kids.”

New York Farm Bureau supports such efforts, too.

“First off, the schools provide additional market opportunities for New York-made dairy products,” spokesman Steve Ammerman said.“Dairy farmers need strong, stable prices for their milk, and anything that boosts sales is welcome news.

“In addition, not only would this change give schools more of a choice in terms of the dairy products they can offer students, but it also means children will have access to a wide variety of dairy products made from high-quality New York milk. It will also help the Greek yogurt industry continue to grow by reaching new, young consumers who can create healthy eating habits into adulthood.”

Upstate New York yogurt companies include well-known brands such as Chobani, Fage, Alpina and Muller Quaker, which collectively employ thousands of workers.

Recently, the USDA issued a solicitation to purchase Greek yogurt for participating schools in the upcoming school year. The solicitation seeks 4-ounce single-serving containers of flavored yogurt and unflavored yogurt in 32-ounce containers to provide schools with a variety of ways of serving this product.
Bids are due July 22. Farm Service Agency expects to evaluate the bids and make awards by the end of July. USDA will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of its initial procurement by December 2013 to determine next steps for the pilot.

If the program is successful in the four states, it could be expanded nationwide.
Who cares

Herkimer, NY

#2 Jul 17, 2013
Oh good, now I can sleep.

Syracuse, NY

#3 Jul 17, 2013
Be a wise parent and ask your school food service director how much sugar is in that one serving of yogurt. You are being hoodwinked again by the food industry and politicians. Bon appetit!
Level 3

Since: Jul 12

Reading, MA

#4 Jul 17, 2013
Stroker wrote:
Be a wise parent and ask your school food service director how much sugar is in that one serving of yogurt. You are being hoodwinked again by the food industry and politicians. Bon appetit!
the chobani and fage have no sugar added unless its in the fruit portion. they are the only two brands of authentic greek yogurt. the muller and others have cheap ingredients such as milk protein concentrate which are mostly imported from third world the local products.....

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