Ask a tourist about what to see or do in upstate New York, and you might hear about the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, boating or fishing on the region’s many lakes or visiting the Corning Museum of Glass.
But ask someone in the dairy industry and you’ll get a different answer. Upstate New York is a hotbed of dairy processing, especially yogurt production. In a line stretching east to west (from Johnstown to Batavia) are four major yogurt processing facilities: Fage (in Johnstown), Chobani (South Edmeston), Emmi Roth USA (Penn Yan) and Alpina (Batavia, under construction and slated to open this year). With 21 yogurt processing facilities in New York state (according to the Interstate Milk Shippers list), the Empire State might want to consider a new nickname.