New York City’s Last Dairy Plant to Shutter

80-year-old Elmhurst Dairy will close next month due to plummeting demand.

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After 80 years of operation, New York City’s Elmhurst Dairy in Jamaica, Queens will close on October 30 due to decreased demand. The dairy plant—the last of its kind within the city limits—has been open “long past the years that it was economically viable,” plant CEO Henry Schwartz said. Furthermore, Schwartz said the company has been operating at a high cost in recent years and revealed that “[it] is unable to continue to do so without ongoing losses.” The plant-based dairy alternative market is booming with traditional dairy companies such as Ben & Jerry’s taking the modern approach by offering cruelty-free vegan options. The closure of Elmhurst Dairy will mark the first time in history when no milk will be bottled within New York City limits.