New York Grown & Certified Program Will now Include Dairy

NEW YORK - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the State's Grown & Certified program will expand to include the dairy industry.

"The Grown & Certified program connects consumers with high-quality, farm-fresh New York products, while supporting our hard-working farms, businesses and local economies across the state," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

"By partnering with Stewart's Shops, we will expand this program to promote and provide a boost to some of New York's best producers and support the dairy industry's continued growth and success," Cuomo added.

The Grown & Certified program was launched in August 2016. The program allows consumers to feel confident the food they are buying is local and produced to a higher standard required by the Agricultural Environmental Management program.

The Governor's Office says the New York State Certified label will appear on Stewart's dairy products in more than 300 stores across the State starting in July. Additionally, the label will appear on eggs from Thomas Poultry Farm in Schuylerville, Stewart's egg supplier.

"Stewart's is a natural fit for New York State Grown & Certified with its reputation for quality products and community connections, which are two of the guiding principles of the program," said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. 

"Not only does Stewart's milk come from responsible and sustainable, local farms, but Stewart's also takes extra care at the processing plant. When consumers pick up Stewart's milk, eggs and even ice cream, they can feel good knowing they are truly getting some of the best products for their families," Ball continued.

Stewart's will launch new packaging for their half-gallon milk containers prominently featuring the label in addition to having signage and a video promoting the Certified program.

"At Stewart's Shops we take pride in providing quality products to our customers, and that includes our fresh, local milk and eggs. Growing up in the dairy business, I know first-hand the hard work it entails," Stewart's Shops President Gary Dake said.

"We are proud to now carry the Certified seal and continue to be partnered with family farms that uphold high-quality and environmental standards right here in our own communities," Dake continued.


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