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Upstate Niagara Wins Bid to Provide Yogurt to Students

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Senator Charles Schumer announced that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded New York’s Upstate Niagara Cooperative – based in Buffalo – a contract to provide its Greek yogurt to public schools across three states through the USDA’s School Lunch Program Pilot program.

These states are New York, Arizona and Tennessee. Upstate Niagara will be providing 142,700 pounds of Greek yogurt to schools in these states through December. The entire pilot program will run through the end of the school year in June 2015.

“I am proud to announce that New York-made Greek yogurt will again be making its way to school lunchrooms across the country,” said Senator Schumer in a statement. “This is a major win for Western New York, as well as the entire New York dairy industry. I commend USDA for selecting Upstate Niagara, one of the premier dairy cooperatives in the country, and I look forward to hearing rave reviews from students around the country.”

Following news that schools that participated in the initial 3-month USDA Greek yogurt pilot had consumed 200,000 pounds and $300,000-worth of Greek yogurt, USDA decided to expand the program to twelve states--New York, Arizona, Idaho, Tennessee, California, Iowa, Connecticut, Illinois, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Mississippi.

Upstate Niagara is a farmer-owned cooperative consisting of over 360 family-owned dairy farms throughout Western New York.

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