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Taste NY is the official eat-local, drink-local program for New York State. Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships. Taste NY at the Adirondakcs Welcome Center is proudly operated by the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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TASTE NY - MARKET VENDOR APPLICATION - ADIRONDACKS WELCOME CENTER
Dear Prospective Adirondacks Welcome Center Taste NY Vendor:
Thank you for your interest in the Taste NY vending market at the Adirondacks Welcome Center, located on I-87 Northbound between Exits 17 and 18, operated locally by Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc. We are currently accepting vendor applications from New York State producers of food, beverage, and non-food gift items for resale in the market.
There are over 70 Taste NY stores across the state ranging from wine stores to retail kiosks to full-service markets. Taste NY at the Adirondacks Welcome Center offers a vending market that consists of nine high end vending machines that offer frozen, refrigerated, and non-perishable foods, beverage, and gifts. These state-of-the-art machines accept cash, credit card, and cashless payment options and include technology such as elevators and temperature controls that allow us to feature the types of fresh products you might find at your local farmers market.
The facility and vending market are open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Customer service staff are available on-site to help visitors navigate the selections from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week. An average of 25,000 cars pass daily and we are confident that your products will be seen and purchased by many.
Vendors meeting the Taste NY retail guidelines and other criteria set forth in the attached application may be deemed eligible to supply product to the vending market for resale.
Please complete the following application and provide the required insurance documentation in the application. We require an ACORD form proving a Certificate of Liability Insurance with Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc, 2176 Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845 as the Certificate Holder. Your product will be considered by the market manager for wholesale purchase. Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee product placement in the market.
Vendors represented in the market may be rotated depending on seasonality, product variety, availability, consumer demand, and other factors. To best represent your product, please include promotional materials, business history, samples, etc. with your application. Due to the nature of our vending machines, product packaging and labeling is important. Resources are available to help bring new products to market and assist vendors with vending-friendly packaging. We are able to assist in getting your product retail-ready.
Complete Submission of Application Includes: Application, Insurance Requirements, Resale Certificate, Proof of License/Permit, Product Description including Wholesale Pricing, Photos of Product and Packaging and/or Sample
We look forward to working with you to promote the best of our region and New York State!
Jennifer Hill Kraft
Taste NY Market Manager
Adirondacks Welcome Center
Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Attn: Taste NY at the Adirondacks Welcome Center
2176 State Rt. 9 | PO Box 272 | Lake George, NY 12845
www.lakegeorgechamber.com | p. (518) 487-0045 | f. (518) 668-4286
What is Taste NY?
The Official Eat-Local, Drink-Local Program for New York State
Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. Taste NY aims to create new opportunities for producers through events, retail locations, and partnerships. The agricultural industry in New York State continues to grow at an exceptional rate. The state boasts more than seven million acres of farmland, 36,000 farms, and is the second largest producer of apples and maple syrup in the country. Additionally, there has been a 50% growth in the number of craft beverage manufacturers since enactment of the Craft New York Act in 2014, with the highest number of cideries in the country and 400 breweries--the highest number in New York history. We encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience the delicious homegrown goodness of Taste NY and help us continue to grow the state's thriving agricultural industry. Learn more at taste.ny.gov!
Q) Is there an application fee?
A) No, there is no cost to apply or to participate in the Taste NY market. We purchase product from our vendors at a wholesale rate and resell in our retail vending market. You are not required to buy back unused product.
Q) I make a great product but I don’t have packaging. Can I still apply?
A) Yes! The market staff and representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension are available to assist vendors with the application process as well as provide advice regarding packaging and labeling to help bring your products to market.
Q) How often will I be paid?
A) All Taste NY Market vendors will be paid on NET30 terms based on their invoice date. Market vendors will be paid by mailed check and are responsible for providing the correct payment address and contact information. Alternative payment methods or timeframes will require prior approval.
Q) Once my application is accepted, will my products be eligible for resale at all Taste NY locations?
A) Once you are accepted into the Taste NY program, your products may be eligible for resale at all Taste NY locations. However, each store is managed independently and approval does not guarantee placement in all locations. If you are interested in selling your products at multiple locations, we are happy to help facilitate communication with the operators of those locations.
TASTE NY - PRINTABLE ACTIVITY SHEETS FOR KIDS!
Follow along the routes while on the road or at home with these fun coloring activity pages designed by Advokate, LLC.
TASTE NY - PRODUCER SPOTLIGHTS
Learn what our producers have to say about their experience as Taste NY vendors. Thank you to Advokate, LLC. for producing this video series.
- Find Adirondacks Welcome Center on Facebook for a list of all in-store marketing events including product samplings!
- Taste NY Producer Showcase at SUNY Adirondack (September 2022)
- Taste NY Restaurant Challenge at the Lake George Region Fall Restaurant Week (September 2022)
- Collaborative Cuisine - Taste NY Sponsored Dinner Series at Seasoned (July & August 2022)
- Taste NY Restaurant Challenge at the Lake George Region Summer Restaurant Week (June 2022)
- Half Bites: Social Media Marketing Virtual Workshop Series (April 2021)
- Virtual Taste NY Producer Showcase (October 2020)
- Adirondack Food and Farms Business Expo (December 2019)
- Collaborative Cuisine - Taste NY Sponsored Dinner Series at Seasoned (September & November 2019)