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.

Markets

Arthur Avenue Market

The Arthur Avenue Market specializes in Italian foods, bakery items, dry goods, fresh produce, and garden needs. Leasing information is also available.

Essex Street Market

Alive and bustling—and open on Sundays—Essex Street Market is a place you'll be tempted to eat your way through. Leasing information is also available.

La Marqueta

Located in the heart of historic East Harlem, La Marqueta is poised to become an innovative marketplace for retail and food vendors. Leasing information is also available.

Moore Street Market

With everything from fresh produce to delicious fish and meats, Moore Street Market is a Brooklyn tradition, ripe and ready for you.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Incubators & Workspaces

  • Incubators and Coworking Spaces

    Jamaica FEASTS Incubator

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    The Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Seminar (FEASTS) is a culinary pre-accelerator operated by the Queens Public Library (QPL).

  • 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.