German yoghurt maker Ehrmann is eyeing growth in the US with the construction of a yoghurt dairy in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The US$32m 39,000-square foot dairy processing facility will use of alternative energy and accept milk from the open market as well as segregated local and organic sources.

It will manufacture yoghurt for other companies under private label and co-pack arrangements as well its own all-natural, rBST-free yoghurts under the Mountainberry brand.

Marketing for the brand will focus on the local, Made in Vermont nature of the product, the company said.

The facility, operated by Ehrmann's US subsidiary Commonwealth Dairy, is expected to create 24 jobs within three years.

“We are committed to making Commonwealth an industry leader,” said Ehrmann chairman Christian Ehrmann. “Like the state of Vermont, our company has built its reputation on quality, and we are looking forward to continuing that legacy here.”