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NYCEDC to Create Business Directory of Food and Beverage Suppliers for Cruise Ships

New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for food and beverage suppliers to be included in a business directory that will be available to cruise lines operating at either the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal or the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. EDC will make the directory available to cruise lines to encourage them to provision ships using New York City distributors. New York City-based firms wishing to be included in the directory must meet general guidelines and criteria used by the cruise lines for food and beverage purchasing decisions. 

“New York City’s cruise industry is booming thanks to ongoing investments in our new and improved terminals, and it is important to do everything we can do to make sure that growth creates opportunities for New York City’s businesses,” said EDC President Robert C. Lieber. “Cruise lines spend an average of $700 million per year stocking their ships, and with an increasing number of ships sailing in and out of New York, we want to capture that business. The new directory will help us do that.” 

“Take it from me, good food and drink is the heart and soul of a quality cruise,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “The expansion of the cruise ship industry in New York, including Brooklyn’s new terminal, creates important new opportunities for food and beverage companies, whose growth is critical to our city's future. Full steam ahead!” 

“This is an opportunity for growth and economic development in our community,” said Councilmember Sara M. Gonzalez. “I encourage local vendors to participate in this competitive process knowing that the City will act in a fair and transparent manner. My office has notified several organizations in the community urging them to reach out to interested businesses.” 

New York City’s Cruise Terminals in Brooklyn and Manhattan currently serve 15 cruise ship lines. Economic impact studies published by the International Council of Cruise Lines show that the cruise industry spent a total of about $500 million in direct purchases including food and beverage in New York City in 2005, the most recent data collected. A typical cruise voyage lasts five to twelve days, on ships of about 1,500 – 3,000 passengers. On average, cruise lines spend $40 per day per passenger for quality food and beverage purchases. More than 5,000 cases of wine and champagne are consumed on a typical seven day cruise. 

While New York City’s Manhattan Cruise Terminal and Brooklyn Cruise Terminal serve more than one million passengers annually, much of the purchases of food and beverage provisions take place in other states and goods are trucked to New York City. With an increasing number of ship calls to the New York area ports, cruise lines may have an interest in identifying New York City based food and beverage distributors. 

The business directory will be given to the cruise lines operators arriving at the cruise terminals, and additional copies will be made available at EDC’s offices in Lower Manhattan. Firms in the food and beverage industry that wish to be included in the directory must offer competitive pricing, be able to provide large quantities of the product, guarantee delivery times and offer a high level of costumer service. Purveyors of specialty foods and beverages are encouraged to submit responses to the RFQ along with firms that meet the above criteria.


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


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