Buffalo-based Upstate Niagara Cooperative has won a contract to supply public schools in Arizona with Greek yogurt for one month of an expanded pilot program.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also awarded Norwich-headquartered Chobani Yogurt with a contract to provide Greek yogurt to schools in New York, Arizona, Idaho, California, Iowa, Illinois, and Mississippi.
The USDA will consider bids from Greek yogurt makers to supply schools for the rest of the school year.
It’s part of a pilot program rolled out by the federal government last year in which Greek yogurt could be offered as a protein substitute as part of the federal school lunch program. The yogurt ended up being a popular choice. Schools went through 200,000 pounds of the stuff last year in the four states in which it was piloted.
The pilot ends June 2015.