Forget about New York’s “borscht belt.” The hottest food and fashion accessory in the Empire State is the “yogurt belt.” Chobani, Fage, Emmi-Roth and Alpina Foods have yogurt processing plants in an east-to-west swath of upstate New York.
Last year, Commonwealth Dairy, a joint venture between Ehrmann USA, and Commonwealth Yogurt, opened a facility in Brattleboro, Vt. However, this is no Northeast phenomenon. Chobani is building a plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, to serve customers in the west. Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, N.M., broke ground in March for a yogurt facility where the van der Ploeg family will produce Freanna Original Yogurt.