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NYS named yogurt capital again

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- Call it the yogurt empire state.

For the second year in a row, New York state has been named the top yogurt producer in the United States.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that federal statistics show the state produced 741 million pounds of the dairy product in 2013, well ahead of the 591 million produced by second-place California.

Cuomo called New York state the nation's "yogurt capital" and noted it also leads the nation in the production of cottage cheese and cream cheese, and is the third-greatest producer of milk.

The state's dairy industry and its yogurt business in particular has been hailed as an example of the economic transformation of Upstate New York.

The state Senate recently voted to make yogurt the state's official snack.

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