Success Story: Brewery Ardennes

When Stacey and Derek Edinger met as students at Cornell University, they didn’t know their future would lie in the same area as their alma mater, but that’s what fate had in store for them. An introduction to an old barn on the west side of Seneca Lake was what sealed it for them and that […]

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Small City Gets Big Results with Food and Beverage Ecosystem

Companies thrive in Upstate New York through pubic, academic, and private sector collaboration Geneva, New York (January 18, 2022) – Geneva, New York, a city with a population of less than 13,000 people, has become a hotbed of food and beverage innovation with a pioneering program entitled Geneva Made. The initiative brings together the public, […]

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Success Story: Assured Edge Solutions 

Dan Rao, the founder and CEO of Assured Edge Solutions (AES), doesn’t believe his custom vegetable processing and co-packing company would have survived the pandemic and thrived if it was located anywhere other than Geneva. Rao frequently refers to the people and the enthusiastic business climate as being integral to his food technology firm, which […]

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RealEats secures over $16 Million in Series A Funding (PRNewswire)

RealEats, the meal delivery service that makes it simple for people to enjoy the nutritional benefits of real food, has raised $16.3 million in a Series A funding round.  The round was led by Hamilton Lane (NASDAQ: HLNE) on behalf of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, which participated through its co-investment fund managed […]

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Geneva offering more than ever before: A transformation decades in the making (

Geneva used to be New York’s best kept secret, a beautiful city, rich in history, unique dining experiences, wineries, breweries, and natural attractions. A secret that local residents were well aware of but somewhat unknown to the wider population.  Recent developments, such as the Geneva Made project, and investment in community programs has begun to […]

Read More recognizes Geneva’s RealEats as one of the nation’s best meal delivery services (

Well known and respected for its rankings and listing, recently released its list of the country’s best meal delivery services. Geneva’s own RealEats took home the nod as the meal service with the best variety. The article, written in response to the perennially busy lifestyles of business professionals, also identified the need for healthy […]

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Geneva business will take food scraps, turning them into fertilizer (

A local business that gives new meaning to the old saying: taking out the trash.  Closed Loop Systems is a Geneva Made business that diverts waste from landfills and incinerators towards renewable waste systems that will extract maximum value out of incoming resources. Most municipal waste management systems simply “take out the trash”, depositing household […]

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AgriTech Center of Excellence helps food, ag startups thrive (Cornell Chronicle)

The robust potential of upstate New York’s agriculture sector has drawn many entrepreneurs and start-ups. Since opening in September 2018, the Center of Excellence (COE) has fostered connections between New York state’s business community, introducing entrepreneurs to potential partners, investors, and grants as well as Cornell’s world-renowned researchers. Before COE was created, the Cornell Chronicle […]

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Pumpkin Seeds, Made In America (NY Times)

China may be the world’s largest producer of pumpkins, but Geneva’s own Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods is bringing production home to upstate New York.  Stony Brook looks to local farms for their New York grown and made seed snacks, batch-milled culinary oils and seed powders. These include seeds of squash, pumpkin, flax, hemp, and sunflowers grown […]

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Leadership Circle Named for Geneva Food and Beverage Industry Consortium (LOCATE Finger Lakes Business Journal)

The Geneva Food and Beverage Industry Consortium was established to foster innovation and growth in the local food and beverage industry. Key stakeholders from over 20 organizations, including producers, business, academia and government, came together to support this initiative. To provide governance and to guide the Consortium’s work going forward, the members created a Leadership […]

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