Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

February 23, 2007

Commissioner to Attend Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mercerís Dairyís New Ice Cream Plant In Boonville

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will visit Mercerís Dairy on Friday to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art ice cream plant. The new plant is located in Boonville, Oneida County and will utilize milk from nine local farms to manufacture ice cream and other ice cream products.

New York is the nationís third largest dairy state behind California and Wisconsin. Twenty-five percent of the milk produced in New York is for fluid consumption with 75 percent processed into ice cream, yogurt, cheese and butter. Last year, New York produced more than 30 million gallons of ice cream and 24 million gallons of other frozen dairy desserts, such as milk sherbet and ice cream mix. New York is ranked in the top ten for ice cream production.

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Mercerís Dairyís New Ice Cream Plant

WHO: New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2007 at 11:00 am

WHERE: Mercerís Dairy, 13564 NYS Route 12, Boonville, NY

Contact: Roxaina Hurlburt (315) 771-5185

For specific information regarding the ribbon cutting event, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949 (cell).

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