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Commissioner Encourages Restaurants To Source Local Food

Originally Posted: February 28, 2011

The New York State Department of Agriculture is urging restaurants to source their food locally. (Rootology)

Southampton - New York State Agriculture Acting Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine encouraged New York restaurants in the city and statewide to source more New York food and beverages to meet growing consumer interest and demand for locally grown food. The announcement was made at the 20th annual International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York, where the "Pride of New York MarketPlace" featured exclusively New York food and beverage companies to show attendees.

"The buy local trend continues to gain momentum throughout the State," the Commissioner said, "but nowhere more than in New York City. We are excited to help chefs and restaurant owners meet the demand for our fine, local New York State products through venues such as the New York Restaurant Show. The Pride of New York Marketplace is the largest yet, and we hope to see more New York products featured on menus throughout the city so people can enjoy a true taste of New York when dining out or visiting."

To help restaurants identify local food and beverage companies, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets organized a "Pride of New York MarketPlace" at the New York Restaurant Show that serves as a one-stop shop showcasing exclusively New York food and beverage companies. The Marketplace is the largest ever by including 29 New York companies offering a range of local products from fresh produce to processed items, as well as several distributors that carry New York products.

The following East End companies are participating in the "Pride of New York MarketPlace" at the New York Restaurant Show taking place February 27 to March 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

 • A Taste of the North Fork (Suffolk County)
 • Jerry Shulman Produce Shipper (Nassau County)
 • Long Island Agricultural Marketing Association (Nassau County)
 • Long Island Wine Council (Suffolk County)
 • Peconic Bay Winery (Suffolk County)
 • Yohay Baking (Suffolk County)

The Pride of New York Program is the State's marketing and promotion initiative enabling New York farmers and food processors to brand their fresh and processed products as being grown or produced in the State. The Program also enables restaurants, food service establishments, food distributors and food retailers to utilize the program's emblem to help advertise and help consumers identify the locally grown or produced New York food products they carry.

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Guest (laura ) from glen cove ny says::
Looking for a distributor for my snack food product to reach out to shops in the Hamptons. Look forward to hearing back from you. Laura
Mar 15, 2011 12:23 pm

Guest (donlee) from suffolk county says::
what a fantastic program keep up the excellant work they have my support and i am currently a consumer and loyal customer
Mar 1, 2011 10:10 pm


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