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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's not every day that a public official makes an announcement about a convenience store's offerings, but that's what Gov. Andrew Cuomo did earlier this week as he informed New York residents that the New Baltimore Service Area on the New York State Thruway is now the first location in the state to offer "Taste NY" products year round.
“With thousands of motorists traveling along [Interstate] 87 every day, the New Baltimore Service Area was an easy pick for the first location to offer Taste NY products year-round,” Cuomo stated. “The Taste NY initiative is designed to highlight the tremendous products that are grown and produced right here in New York State, and doing so along major sources of travel is sure to grow the list of loyal consumers and support the state’s agriculture, culinary and tourism industries.”
In his State of the Union address earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades. The Taste NY program is a key component of the nearly $60 million plan to grow New York industries, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State while promoting New York grown or produced products, according to a release from Cuomo's office.
The New Baltimore Service Area is operated by HMS Host Corporation and was chosen for this initiative because of its high volume and accessibility from both north and southbound lanes. HMS Host remodeled the plaza’s Travel Mart convenience store to create a "store within a store" to highlight the New York products. The businesses offering goods for purchase include:
- Ronnybrook Farms, Columbia County
- Yancey’s Fancy New York Artisan Cheese, Genesee County
- McCadam Cheese, Franklin County
- Nelson Farms, Madison County
- Red Jacket Orchards, Ontario County
- Merle Maple Farm, Wyoming County
- Mad Foodz, Allegany County
- Joe’s Jerky, Oneida County
- Rob Salamida Co., Broome County
- New York State Maple Producers, statewide
- New York Apple Association, statewide