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Governor Cuomo Announces "Taste NY" Store at Chittenango Service Area on State Thruway

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New Store Complements Four New Taste NY Storefronts in Western NY and the Finger Lakes Region

Albany, NY (December 27, 2013)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the newest Taste NY store, located at the Chittenango Service Area in Canastota, NY. This latest store is the second location on the New York State Thruway to offer Taste NY products year round. In addition, four new Taste NY storefronts carrying “made in New York” products at Thruway Travel Plazas are now open in Clarence, Pembroke, Seneca and Scottsville. Pictures of the Chittenango store can be viewed here:


“With Taste NY, we are giving New Yorkers and visitors alike more opportunities to buy our state’s home grown products ,” said Governor Cuomo. “The food, beverages and condiments our farms and businesses produce are now being sold all along the Thruway, one of our state’s largest and busiest highways. This provides a new market for many our state’s local businesses and lets drivers taste the best New York has to offer.”


In his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades. Taste NY is a key component of the nearly $60 million plan to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State while promoting New York grown or produced products.


A selection of New York State products, including maple syrup, yogurt, cheese and other products, is available for purchase at the Chittenango Service Area inside the service area’s Travel Mart convenience store under the Taste NY banner. The four additional Taste NY storefront displays are also up and running at the other travel plazas.


“The Thruway is proud to play such a vital role in helping bolster the economy of New York State,” said Thruway Chairman Howard P. Milstein. “Small businesses throughout the state offer countless appetizing products that people may not be aware of. Placing them on one of the most heavily traveled roadways in the state, helps open them up to an entirely new customer base.”


“The Thruway is pleased to open yet another location that offers ‘Taste NY’ products,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “These products will be directly marketed to the thousands of people who travel I-90 in central New York every day. We look forward to continue being a partner in the ‘Taste-NY program as we look to expand it to even more of our service areas in the future.”


“Taste NY is an exciting opportunity for New York’s wide variety of homegrown food and beverage companies to expand their customer base,” said Acting Commissioner of Agriculture James B. Bays. “People from across the world travel the New York State Thruway every year on their way to various destinations across the Empire State. These new Taste NY opportunities will help increase sales for local producers and expose thousands of visitors to the high quality products that can only be found here in New York.”


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