Monday, June 3, 2013

June is Dairy Month -- Another Yogurt Factory Opens in NYS

On just the third day of Dairy Month, New York welcomed the newest yogurt factory to the Empire State.

The official grand opening for the new Müller yogurt plant in Batavia was conducted Monday.

Müller, a yogurt brand that originated in Bavaria, Germany, has made all of its yogurt at Müller’s production facility in Leppersdorf, German before opening the Batavia plant.

The brand has been available in Europe for more than 100 years, but now is sold in the United States through cooperation with Quaker. Muller Quaker Dairy LLC in Batavia is a joint venture between PepsiCo, Inc. and the Theo Muller Group.

The Muller facility in Batavia. Photo from Muller Facebook page
Müller is sold now in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, but will be expanding its sales to other parts of the U.S. According to the company, the new facility was built on 82 acres and is one of the country's largest yogurt manufacturing plants and is expected to create more than 180 new jobs.

Muller Quaker Dairy entered the U.S. dairy market in July 2012 with premium yogurt products such as Muller® Corner®, Muller Greek Corner® and Muller FrütUp™, which all offer yogurt with add-ins you can flip, stir or dip.

The opening of the Müller plant will add to New York state's lead in the nationwide production of yogurt.

In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated New York had taken the lead in yogurt production when the state's processors made 692 million pounds of yogurt in 2012 compared to 587 million pounds made in California.

In 2011, California processors made 627 million pounds of yogurt compared to 554 million pounds in New York. Cuomo also reported that in the last five years, New York's yogurt plants have nearly tripled in production, and milk production on farms grew by more than 1 billion pounds.

Go to and click on New York state to find out where to buy Müller yogurt locally. Go to to see an event during the grand opening at the Batavia plant.

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