BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Last September, Alpina foods in Batavia held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Now, just six months later, the company is expanding to accommodate increased production of yogurt by installing two new 20,000-gallon silos that will allow them to store milk more effectively.
"It has been very tenuous and at times struggling to receive the milk and run the production at the same time. This gives us the flexibility to store milk at our leisure and to use the tanks to support production," said Roger Parkhurst, Alpina Foods Director of Operations.
Production was expanding so they had put in the order for the new silos in December when they were trying to balance receiving and production with just one silo.
"We used a local manufacturer, Feldmeier out of Little Falls, which stays in our commitment to helping local manufactures support our operation and we support the local community," Parkhurst said.
Though production is increasing, no additional staff should be needed through at least the end of the year. Processing will be able to expand with more equipment expected in the next few months.
"The volume that we have is allowing us to expand quicker than we anticipated," Parkhurst said. "We were hoping to do this, we planned for it in case the need arose, fortunately it did so we were able to execute."
Parkhurst said he thinks they epitomize what Governor Andrew Cuomo wanted when he said he wanted to make New York the "Yogurt State."
The number of yogurt processing plants has doubled since 2000. Greek-style yogurt requires three times as much milk as standard yogurt and local dairy farmers in Western New York provide the required milk.
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