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New York State Grown & Certified expands to dairy industry

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Staff Writer | June 9, 2017
New York State Grown & Certified program is expanding to include the New York dairy industry.
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Empire State   The promotional program
The state is partnering with Stewart’s Shops to launch the promotional program that distinguishes agricultural products that are local and made by producers who meet safe food handling best practices and demonstrate environmental stewardship.

Beginning next month, consumers will be able to find the NYS Certified label on Stewart’s dairy products in more than 300 stores across the State.

Stewart’s egg supplier, Thomas Poultry Farm from Schuylerville, is also participating in the program.

Starting in July, Stewart’s will launch new packaging for their half-gallon milk containers, which will prominently feature the New York State Certified label and a description of the program.

Signage in-store and at the gas pump, as well as a promotional video, are already in stores, helping to educate consumers about the Certified program and what it means to them.

Many varieties of Stewart's milk, half and half, heavy cream, and ice cream will all carry the Certified seal.

Stewart’s Shops, a longstanding and well-respected dairy processor, adheres to the New York State Grown & Certified food safety and environmental management plan requirements.

The company has stores in the Capital Region, North Country, Hudson Valley, and Central New York regions. They proudly source all of their milk from local farms in Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Washington Counties.

In addition to Stewart’s dairy products, its eggs will feature the NYS Grown & Certified seal, highlighting Thomas Poultry Farm.

The farm adheres to environmentally responsible practices and exceeds federal egg safety standards.