The word "free" is commonly used at Fage Total Yogurt...as in free of additives, free of preservatives and free of sweeteners.
Fage (pronounced fa-yeh) is the leading dairy company in Greece, having been founded in 1926. But in 2008, the successful company established its first-ever production facility in the United States, headquartering it in the Johnstown Industrial Park.
"Fage looked diligently at 17 U.S. sites throughout the entire Northeast before finally deciding on us," says Jeff Bray, executive vice president of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp. "Our strong dairy industry, easy transportation access and abundance of water are key reasons why the company picked us."
Fage Total bills itself as a unique yogurt company because it features only two ingredients -- live cultures and milk. The live cultures increase absorption of calcium by the body, providing a greater source of calcium than the same volume of milk.
Yogurt is one of the oldest foods known to man, dating back 4,000 years, and the Greeks are known for their advancements with the product.
"We would never make a product that we would not give to our children," says Ioannis Papageorgiou, Fage president and CEO. Fage constructed an $85 million, 110,000-square-foot facility for its U.S. operations.
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