International And Out-Of-State Travelers Can Now Enjoy New York Products Offered On Trains Traveling To And Through New York City, Toronto, Montreal, Niagara Falls and Rutland, Vermont Destinations
Amtrak Estimates 1 Million Passengers Take Train Routes Annually
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Taste NY is partnering with Amtrak to bring New York-made products to travelers both in- and out-of-state, and those visiting from across the globe. Through the Taste NY pilot program, Amtrak passengers traveling to destinations across New York State – New York City, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany – and outside New York to and from Toronto, Montreal and Rutland, Vermont can now enjoy locally-produced snacks and craft beverages on select Amtrak trains.
"New York companies produce some of the best food and beverages anywhere, and through the Taste NY program, these great products are getting more and more exposure across the state and around the globe," Governor Cuomo said. "This exciting new partnership means that the approximately 1 million people traveling on these Amtrak lines will be able to experience for themselves some of the best products New York has to offer."
To kick-off this new partnership, New York food and beverage items will be available on the snack cars of 13 New York trains. Amtrak estimates that approximately 1 million passengers travel these routes annually.
The initial launch of the program includes KIND bars (Manhattan, NYC), Always Bagels (Bohemia, Long Island), Chobani yogurt (New Berlin, Southern Tier), Sweet Sam's coffee cakes (Bronx, NYC) Brooklyn Defender IPA (Brooklyn, NYC), Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale (Cooperstown, Mohawk Valley) and Nine Pin Cider (Albany, Capital Region).
Taste NY products will be available on the following Amtrak trains:
- Maple Leaf (63/64), with round trip service between New York City - Niagara Falls - Toronto.
- Adirondack (68/69), with round trip service between Montreal - Albany - New York City.
- Empire Service (280/281/283/284/288), with round trip service between New York - Albany - Syracuse - Rochester - Buffalo - Niagara Falls.
- Ethan Allen Express (290/291/292/293), with round trip service between Rutland - Albany - New York.
Amtrak Vice President of Customer Service Tom Hall said, "Amtrak is pleased to work with Governor Cuomo and the State of New York to provide locally-sourced food and beverage items for café service on Empire Service trains. This program will help improve the customer experience for our passengers by providing new and enhanced food choices while also highlighting some of the great New York-based businesses helping to grow the State’s economy."
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "For the past three years, Governor Cuomo's Taste NY initiative has provided unprecedented promotion of the state’s world-class agricultural producers and helped to boost local economies in every corner of the state. Through these key partnerships and with new locations being added all the time, more consumers than ever before are tasting what New York has to offer. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Amtrak and look forward to expanding this partnership in the future so that travelers can get a taste of the unique New York products being made across the State."
Empire State Development Division of Tourism Executive Director Gavin Landry said, "Every year, hundreds of millions of visitors venture to each of New York's vacation regions, making significant contributions to local economies throughout the Empire State. Governor Cuomo understands the importance of the tourism industry and has made historic commitments to help it grow into the cornerstone of our economy that it is today, with an economic impact of more than $100 billion annually. By showcasing and sharing the finest food and beverages New York has to offer through this new Taste NY partnership with Amtrak, we will be giving even more travelers a reason to say, 'I Love New York!'"
Nine Pin Cider Works Co-founder and Cidermaker Alejandro del Peral said, "Through the leadership of Governor Cuomo and Taste NY, riders can now drink New York apples on Amtrak. Whether in Western New York, or along the majestic Hudson through the Hudson Valley, or north through the Adirondacks, the opportunity to have Nine Pin's award-winning cider aboard is a true honor for our cidery. As New York's first farm cidery, Nine Pin is excited to help launch the partnership between Taste NY and Amtrak."
Sweet Sam's Account Executive Eduardo Estrella said, "We got into this business over 20 years ago because we believed that if we used the best ingredients in our products that we couldn't go wrong. Sweet Sam’s is thrilled to be part of the Taste NY initiative and to have a distribution partner like Amtrak that has allowed us the opportunity to introduce our wholesome products, like our New York style crumb cake, to hundreds of thousands of riders each year. We're New York born and bred and proudly baked in The Bronx. Now wherever riders may go they can experience a Taste of New York along the way."
Always Bagels President Tony Pariti said, "Always Bagels is a privately owned company that has been making "Old Fashioned Boiled Bagels" for over 37 years. Our commitment to excellence has allowed us to provide Amtrak and all our other customers in New York with the finest authentic boiled bagels possible. We are honored to be part of the Taste NY program."
This new partnership builds on the growing success of the Taste NY initiative, which is now in more than 50 locations statewide. This year alone, Taste NY added a new bistro at the Javits Center in New York City, a new marketplace at the Lock E-13 Living History Rest Area in the Mohawk Valley, a Taste NY Café in the newly renovated West Bathhouse at Jones Beach, and Taste NY Bar at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island. New York products marketed under Taste NY branding can also be found in major travel hubs, sports and entertainment venues, and throughout New York State parks. Through Governor Cuomo's continued investment in the program, gross sales of Taste NY participants tripled from 2014 to 2015 and sales are expected to double this year.
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About Taste NY
Taste NY is an initiative launched by Governor Cuomo in 2013 to promote New York’s food and beverage industries. It is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Markets and has created opportunities for local producers to showcase their goods at nearly five dozen locations throughout the state and at more than three dozen large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair. The program has also opened locations, such as stores, cafés, and bars, at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways, at state parks, and at other major tourist destinations and sports and entertainment venues, enabling customers to buy New York State’s homegrown and homemade products. Approximately 1,100 local companies have participated in these opportunities, further linking their products and the state’s growing food and beverage market to consumers from across the globe. For more information about Taste NY, please visit www.taste.ny.gov. Connect with Taste NY through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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