Yogurt as state snack gets committee approval


    Bill starts to move through legislative process



    Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee has approved Senate Bill No. S6695. The legislation, authored by Senator Ranzenhofer, would designate yogurt as the official State snack.


    A Byron-Bergen fourth-grade class, while studying the history and government of New York State, wrote to Senator Ranzenhofer to suggest the idea for the bill.


    “I am pleased to report that this bill is on the move, and New York is one step closer to designating yogurt as its official State snack,” said Ranzenhofer.  “It’s not just a nutritious, delicious food.  It is also a major economic driver locally and all across the State.  I am hopeful that we will be able to pass this legislation so that it may become law this year.”


    New York is the number one processor of yogurt in the United States.  Increasing demand for milk, the primary component in yogurt, has helped to support and grow the State’s dairy industry.  New York is now fifth in the nation in milk production, producing over 13 billion pounds in 2012, in part fueled by the demand from yogurt processors.


    Senator Ranzenhofer introduced the legislation on February 28.