Orange Leaf frozen yogurt shops to use Kentucky milk exclusively

Nearly a dozen Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shops in Central Kentucky will use only Kentucky-produced milk in its products.

State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari, an investor in Orange Leaf, made the announcement Tuesday evening at the Orange Leaf in Brighton Place Shoppes in Lexington. It is one of 11 Orange Leaf stores that will use local dairy products branded Udderly Kentucky milk.

"We formed the Udderly Kentucky brand for milk processed in Somerset, Ky., and produced by 105 dairy farm families — all small farms, salt-of-the-earth people," Comer said in a news release. "We think this brand is going to continue to grow. We're going to continue to help keep dairy farmers in Kentucky on the farm. And one reason is because of people like Coach Cal who support our product."

Comer said participating dairy farmers earn a premium on sales of Udderly Kentucky milk that amounts to an average new income of $19,000 a year for each, or $2 million in all.

Udderly Kentucky milk is processed by Prairie Farms Dairy of Somerset.