Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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June 24, 2016

State Agriculture Commissioner Announces Expanded “Taste NY Pavilion” at the Summer Fancy Food Show

Fifty-Four New York Producers from across the State Showcase Products at North America’s Largest Specialty Food Trade Event

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced an expanded “Taste NY Pavilion” at the 2016 Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City.  This is the fourth year Taste NY has participated in the food show. This year, more than 50 New York State food and beverage companies will sample products in the Pavilion, while some 275 additional New York State companies will exhibit at this year’s overall show. Now in its 62nd year, the Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food trade event in North America and runs from June 26 - 28 at Javits Center.

“The Summer Fancy Food Show, which brings together thousands of top industry professionals from all across the globe, is a tremendous opportunity to showcase some of New York’s finest agricultural products,” said Commissioner Ball. “By meeting in the world’s largest marketplace under the Taste NY Pavilion, our producers have the chance to connect to new buyers and distributors and bring attention tothe best and newest innovations in New York’s specialty and gourmet foods and beverages.”

This three day, industry-only event draws more than 46,000 industry professionals. It brings together specialty food and beverage producers from around the world with the goal of linking them to a network of distributers 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 “Taste NY Pavilion” will be located on the Level 1 show floor. A list of companies featured in the pavilion can be found here.

New York leads the world in most categories, so it makes perfect sense that the ‘Taste NY Pavilion’ should return to the Summer Fancy Food Show and prove to everyone how incredible our food and beverage scene is,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. 

“The Brooklyn Chamber is proud to lead a particularly strong contingent from our borough, and I have no doubt that our pavilion will be the talk of the show. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball for all they have done for New York’s food and beverage companies.”

Laura Santella-Saccone, Chief Marketing Officer, Specialty Food Association, owner and producer of the Summer Fancy Food Show, said, “New York is our longtime home and the food scene in the state is thriving amid record sales for specialty food. The exhibit halls will be filled with innovative products from dedicated New York food entrepreneurs.”

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 large public events, such as the Great New York State Fair, International Restaurant and Foodservice Show, Bike NY Expo (5 Borough) and more.

The program has also opened stores at Thruway rest stops along the state’s highways and in transportation hubs, sports and entertainment venues and state parks, enabling travelers 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 Connect with Taste NY through FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show:

The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food's top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. The three day show will feature more than 180,000 products, 25,000 buyers, and 2,670 exhibitors.

For more information about the Summer Fancy Food Show, please

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