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The NYC Fancy Food Show Contest was developed as part of NYCEDC’s ongoing effort to strengthen the City’s food manufacturing industry. NYC-based food manufacturers were encouraged to apply for the chance to receive an all-expense paid package and support to showcase their products at the NASFT 2012 Summer Fancy Food Show June 17-19 2012 in Washington, D.C.
In addition to showcasing some of New York City’s finest products, the goal of the competition was to identify and address some of the key barriers faced by local manufacturers including: limited resources to plan for growth; difficulty in fully accessing local, regional, and national markets; and access to technical assistance services.
During the month of March, a panel of industry experts evaluated each qualified applicant through site visits and interviews. Companies were evaluated on their business growth potential, ability to expand their markets, in addition to overall product presentation and quality.
From the pool of applicants, four winners were chosen:
Morris Kitchen: An artisanal syrup company that operates in Williamsburg.
Chulitas Famous: A Latin spice company that operates out of the BAO Organic Incubator in Long Island City.
Taste of Ethiopia : An Ethiopian ready-to-eat meals manufacturer operating out of Hot Bread Kitchen’s incubator at La Marqueta, East Harlem.
Davidovitch Bakery: An all-natural bakery that produces bagels and baked goods from old world recipes with a new retail outlet in Woodside.
All four manufacturers are headed to Washington, D.C. to give the world a taste of New York City at North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event where they will have the opportunity to connect with more than 15,000 buyers from around the world for a range of insights from the business side, to the culinary side.
Photo Credit clockwise from top left: Morris Kitchen Website, Chulita's Famous Website, Davidovich Bakery Website, Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times