$1M to boost Finger Lakes food, drink

A number of local businesses and organizations will get a boost this year from $1 million in state dollars earmarked for projects, seven of which are in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions.

They include $250,000 for the New York Wine and Culinary Center to help in its promotion of local food and beverages and for renovations to the building at 800 S. Main St. The New York Wine and Grape Foundation, headquartered at the center, will receive $200,000 for the NY Drinks NY program — a promotional effort showcasing New York’s wine and grape industries.

The funding, approved by the Genesee Valley Regional Market Authority, will also aid research projects for malting barley to advance the state’s craft beverage industry.

Research funds of $260,000 will go to Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, where Kathryn J. Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, stated the funds are a “win for New York farmers and brewers and the consumers.”

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