N.Y. officials milk a good thing from dairy trade

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Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014,

Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, that a shipment of Chobani yogurt, made in New York, is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of "unattainable" Russian Customs certifications Photo Credit: AP

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The Cuomo administration loves yogurt.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and staff have traveled the state promoting the business and recently held a ribbon-cutting for a new yogurt manufacturing plant in Batavia, about halfway between Rochester and Buffalo. Chobani, the national leader in Greek yogurt sold in grocery stores, is headquartered in Chenango County.

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This week, his staff is hosting a “Yogurt Summit” to bring together dairy farmers and yogurt producers to try to continue the momentum.

“We have a cluster economy around yogurt,” Cuomo said. “We want to see how state can help (producers) grow their business.”

Above: Chenango County-based Chobani is the national leader in Greek yogurt sold in grocery stores.

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