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Cornell AgriTech to showcase up-and-coming food startups at 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show

Cornell AgriTech to showcase up-and-coming food startups at 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show

­Geneva, N.Y. – June 14, 2024 - The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech (CoE) will be exhibiting at Booths IV1-7 in the upcoming 2024 Summer Fancy Food Show, the largest business-to-business specialty food industry event in North America.

The CoE and our participating member companies will be showcasing a variety of innovative new food and beverage products in Incubator Village, located in the show’s new Debut District, a space dedicated to showcasing new products from first-time exhibitors.

“The Summer Fancy Food Show has given our food and beverage entrepreneurs a tremendous opportunity to showcase their products to a worldwide audience,” said CoE Executive Director Catharine Young.

The CoE will be exhibiting with six food entrepreneurs who have worked with Cornell AgriTech for help developing their products and/or assistance starting and growing their business in New York State. All six companies are women-owned businesses.

Vêsucré – Founded by Sarah Hartmann in October 2022, Oneonta, New York-based Vêsucré produces “plant de crème,” a plant-based dessert that combines elements of an ice cream sundae and crème brulée into a delicious frozen treat that’s free of gluten, soy and refined sugar. Hartmann, who served as served as a director with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and as executive director of the IRONMAN Foundation prior to launching Vêsucré, has partnered with community organizations to provide vocational training and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vêsucré products are now carried in more than 35 stores across New York state. View their website

Full of Beans Kitchen – Narell Vasquez officially launched New York City-based Full of Beans Kitchen in spring 2023, nearly two years after she first began developing pancake and waffle mixes made with beans, a staple of her diet growing up in Ecuador. The mix,

made with fava bean flour, brown rice, oatmeal and oat fiber, pea starch, MCT oil and a touch of coconut sugar, is high in protein, gluten-free, vegan and free of the top nine major food allergens. View their website

Kombucharista - Brenna Multala turned her kombucha brewing hobby into a business in 2021 when she founded Kombucharista in Rochester, New York. With flavors like mimosa, ginger mule, strawberry basil margarita and rosemary paloma, these non-alcoholic brews are primed to make waves in the rapidly growing alcohol-free cocktail market. View their website

Winand Products/Perfeito – There’s one ingredient that gives this seasoning blend its edge – fresh garlic. Patricia Winand Springer founded Perfeito in Auburn, New York in 2020 after working with the Cornell Food Venture Center at Cornell AgriTech to turn the seasonings her mother grew up cooking with into a product line that all contain fresh garlic yet are shelf stable. Portuguese for “perfect”, Perfeito brings the flavors of Brazil to any dish. Perfeito products are available at Wegmans supermarkets, among other outlets. View their website

FoodNerd – Sharon Cryan founded FoodNerd with the goal of redefining the way kids eat. The Buffalo, New York-based startup produces shelf-stable, nutrient-dense puffed snacks for toddlers made with raw, cold-processed Organic fruits, vegetables and sprouted seeds. The company, which was a finalist in the 2023 Grow-NY food business competition, recently closed a $1 million seed round of funding. View their website

Nonno Pop’s Gourmet – Angela Ginex, founder of Brooklyn, New York-based Nonno Pop’s Gourmet, produces fully-cooked restaurant-quality seafood dishes, including shrimp marinara, salmon in a pink cream sauce with peas and mushrooms, and calamari and shrimp fra diavolo, ready to be heated and served over your favorite pasta. Buon Appetito! View their website

Attendees are invited to visit The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech and our members at Booths IV1-7 to learn how you can start and grow your food business in New York state.

About the CoE:

The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech works to grow the food, beverage, and agriculture industries in New York by connecting agrifood businesses and entrepreneurs with what they need to succeed. Funded by New York state, the CoE provides mentorship, access to world-class Cornell research and experts, and other resources to foster the growth of new companies, new products and existing businesses.

The CoE is part of Cornell AgriTech, a globally recognized research, innovation, and development hub that is essential to the continued success of the food and agriculture industries in New York and beyond through scientific discovery and practical solutions that help growers and businesses thrive.

Along with the CoE, Cornell AgriTech is home to the Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC), which provides food safety validation and testing, scheduled processes, regulatory information, shelf life studies and other resources; the CFVC Pilot Plant, a 10,000-square-foot processing facility focused on product development and scaling up new food products; the Food Innovation Lab (FIL), designed to provide food entrepreneurs with a space to fine tune ideas, processes and formulations before scaling up to the Pilot Plant; the Fermentation Farming Lab (FFL), which provides cost-effective support and extension services to help companies use fermentation techniques, such as biomass and precision fermentation, to develop food products and ingredients; and the Cornell High Pressure Processing (HPP) Validation Center, the first commercial scale validation facility installed within a Biohazard Level 2 Facility that specializes in validation studies for foodborne pathogens, shelf life studies and other services using high-pressure processing, a non-thermal process that inactivates foodborne pathogens and spoilage microorganisms.

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Contact: Jacob Pucci, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
Phone: (315) 787-2213
Email: [email protected]