BATAVIA, NY (WIVB) - The new Alpina yogurt plant in Batavia has started hiring workers.
The Genesee County facility expects to have up to 50 workers by the end of the year. Twenty five will start work July 16.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand toured the facility on Tuesday. The Senator is on the Senate's Agriculture Committee. The Batavia Daily News reports that Gillibrand was asked if New York dairy farmers will be able to produce enough milk to meet the requirements of Alpina and Project Wave, a $206 million yogurt plant also under construction in the Ag Park. She said that NYS dairies are positioning themselves to meet all of the requirements for all of the yogurt facilities that are being developed.
Alpina produces Restart Yogurt; Avena, an oat-based smoothie and Juan Valdez Cafe Latte, a vodka drink made by Oatka Milk Products in Batavia.
Alpina's Batavia site is the company's first food plant in the United States. The company is based in Bogota, Colombia
Town of Evans Police are asking the public for information about an abandoned puppy that was found on the side of Holland Road.
Customers filled the seats of Mom's Restaurant, in Niagara Falls, Thursday afternoon. The restaurant posted a sign saying that after 58 years they are closing their doors.
There is a hearing Thursday in Buffalo about the use of medical marijuana. So far 20 states and Washington D.C. allow it.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
Local workers will be demonstrating outside of the McDonalds, on Main Street near Utica, Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office arrested a Kenmore man they say was driving a commercial motor vehicle while intoxicated.