June 26, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces First Ever "Taste NY Pavilion" To Be Featured at the Largest Industry Food Show in North America

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 100 New York State companies will participate in the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The companies will be offering samples of their products in a first-of-its-kind “Taste NY Pavilion.” Now in its 59th year taking place, the Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest event of its kind in North America and runs from June 30 through July 2 at the newly renovated Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


“With nearly 40,000 industry specialists coming to New York from around the globe, this is a great opportunity for New York State companies to showcase their products to the world,” Governor Cuomo said. “The ‘Taste NY’ initiative is about highlighting the tremendous products of our state’s culinary industry, and I can think of no better way to kick it off than right here competing with the best the world has to offer. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I invite all participants at the Summer Fancy Food Show to experience firsthand what ‘Taste NY’ is all about.”


The “Taste NY Pavilion” is located on the Level 1 show floor in aisle 4,700. Companies participating in the “Taste NY Pavilion” include McMahon’s Farm, Crepini & The Crepe Team, Acme Smoked Fish Company, Michaels of Brooklyn, Amagansett Sea Salt Co., Peeled Snacks, Jake's Grillin Rubs, Little Duck Organics, Inc., Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce, Bobbysue's Nuts!, Field Trip Jerky, Barkeater Chocolates, Icelandic Milk and Skyr Corporation, Morris Kitchen, We Rub You, Rick’s Picks, Jam Stand, Mama O's Premium Kimchi, Hampton Popcorn Co., Damascus Bakery, Spoonable, Joray Candy, Kobu Beverages, Saucy By Nature, Crown Maple, LLC, JoMart Chocolates, P&H Soda Co., Sweet Andy's Cookies, and Kings County Jerky Co.


Other New York exhibitors throughout the show include Roaring Brook Dairy, Sarabeth’s Kitchen, New Hope Mills, Wild Thymes Farm, Hurd Orchards, Cheribundi, Damascus Bakery, Fage Greek Yogurt Empress Chocolates, Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cakes, Tate’s Bake Shop, Raos, Chobani, Sir Kensington’s, Good Groceries and many more.


This key, industry-only event brings together specialty food and beverage producers from around the world with the distribution network and buyers from independent gourmet shops, high end multiple location retailers, major department stores and specialty merchandisers looking for the very best and newest innovations in specialty and gourmet foods and beverages. The three day event is highlighted by chef demonstrations, sampling, educational and business seminars, and awards.


In May 2013, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State. “Taste NY” is a key component of this campaign.


“Taste NY” is a unique brand to highlight New York products at special events, tourism destinations and stores throughout the state. “Taste NY” tents and stores will soon be a recognizable brand in promoting New York agriculture to everyone at events all across the state including the Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake on July 21; the PGA Championship Tournament in Rochester from August 5 to 11; and the Great New York State Fair, which takes place in Central NY from August 22 through September 2.


State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine said, “This is only the beginning of ‘Taste NY’ and it’s already exceeding expectations. More than 100 companies are proudly offering tastings to people from across the globe under the ‘Taste NY’ banner. This new initiative is the beginning of something very special for New York agriculture.”


Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “The Fancy Food show draws more than 40,000 food enthusiasts from around the world, and what better opportunity for them to get a ‘taste’ of all New York State has to offer. This is another example of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to shining a spotlight on Made in New York products and creating an environment where they can thrive and grow.”


For more information about the Summer Fancy Food Show, please visit http://www.specialtyfood.com/fancy-food-show/summer-fancy-food-show.