Alpina faces layoffs amid yogurt boom

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) –– Yogurt producer Alpina Foods this week laid off 32 employees in Batvia explaining that it was due to the cancellation of a contract by a principle customer earlier this month.

The Batavian reported that each worker received a letter informing them they would be terminated effective Oct. 19.

The irony in this news is that today Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation making yogurt the official snack of New York. The announcement is just ahead of the second NYS Yogurt Summit being held today to try to further grow the yogurt business and continue creating new jobs.

The boon of Greek yogurt has been credited with New York accounting for 15.7% of the total U.S. yogurt production.

Dairy manufacturers in New York employed an estimated 9,478 people with total wages of $513 million in 2013, an increase from 7,749 jobs and $401 million in wages in 2010.

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