Food Manufacturing & Retail

New York City is home to a thriving food manufacturing, distribution and retail industry.

With a huge market base, the world’s largest food distribution center, a growing network of food incubators and programs for training, funding, and space, this sector is a vital part of New York City’s economy.

The Five Borough Food Flow is a study of the last-mile food distribution system that feeds New York City and its millions of visitors every year. Download the study results.

NYC Markets

Arthur Avenue MarketArthur Avenue Market

The Arthur Avenue Market specializes in Italian foods, bakery items, dry goods, fresh produce, and garden needs.

Essex Street MarketEssex Street Market

Essex Street Market is home to more than 20 independent vendors selling produce, groceries, gourmet foods, and more. Leasing information is also available.

La MarquetaLa Marqueta

La Marqueta is an East Harlem market space anchored by kitchen incubator Hot Bread Kitchen. Leasing information is also available.

Moore Street MarketMoore Street Market

Moore Street Market is one of Brooklyn's oldest indoor markets serving East Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods for close to 70 years.

Programs

  • Tax Incentives

    Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH)

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    FRESH promotes the establishment and expansion of neighborhood grocery stores in underserved communities by providing zoning and financial incentives to eligible grocery store operators and developers.

  • Financing

    NYC Food Manufacturers Growth Fund

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    The NYC Food Manufacturers Growth Fund makes affordable financing available to eligible small food manufacturing businesses looking to expand their operations.

News & Updates

Success Stories

  • ACME Smoked Fish Corp.

    Find out about how the Caslow family—four generations of pride, success, and ownership of Acme Smoked Fish—grew and made it here in New York City.

  • Baby Cakes And Pies, Cookies Too

    Find out about the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator Program and how Diana Scot-Sho, Incubator Program entrepreneur made it here – in New York City.

  • Island Soft Pretzel Shop

    After the NYCEDC redevelopment of the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Gina Soldo saw a great retail opportunity. She developed a business plan for a pretzel shop that sources from a Staten Island supplier and opened business in March 2010.

  • Arverne by the Sea

    The Recover NYC Program helped to establish a much-needed supermarket on the Rockaway Peninsula.

  • The Madelaine Chocolate Company

    After Madelaine Chocolate Novelties in the Rockaways was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, NYCIDA and the Department of Small Business Services were able to step in to help the company to avoid a crippling impact to its financial health and its ability to rehire and retain its 450 employees.

Incubators & Workspaces

  • Incubators and Coworking Spaces

    Entrepreneur Space

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    Entrepreneur Space is a City-sponsored business incubator in Queens to help food-related and general business start-ups across New York City.

  • Incubators and Coworking Spaces

    HBK Incubates

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    The City invested in an approximately 4,000-square-foot commercial kitchen in East Harlem’s La Marqueta. The facility provides shared workspace for up to 40 food manufacturing startups and expanding food businesses.