Gross sales for participating Taste NY vendors tripled from about $1.5 million to more than $4.5 million in 2015, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"The momentum behind Taste NY continues and is helping to expand New York's thriving food and beverage industry faster than anyone thought possible," said Cuomo. "I'm proud that our ambitious sales goal has been reached and that these efforts are helping to create jobs, support farmers and small businesses, and get the word out about the world-class products made right here in New York."
The increase comes after Cuomo called for further development of Taste NY the previous year. The plan added four new Taste NY stores as well as additional marketing opportunities and the establishment of new partnerships and strengthened connections to consumers.
More than 1,100 vendors and small companies participated in Taste NY special events throughout 2015.
A new Taste NY Café was set to open Sunday at Whiteface Mountain. The cafe features North County and state agricultural products such as local yogurts, cheeses, and baked goods, as well as craft beer, wine and hard cider.
For more information about Taste NY, visit www.taste.ny.gov .