From Schaeffer Beer to Stella D'Oro cookies — there is a long list of foods and beverages that are no longer made in New York. But there's a new effort by the city to change that, with space in Brooklyn to nurture food manufacturing start-ups. NY1's Shannan Ferry got a tour of the growing space, and gives us an inside look.
Marisa Wu says her salt-water taffy is always pulled to perfection.
Her company 'The Salty Road' churns out 600 boxes of the sweet treats daily.
She launched the business from her Brooklyn apartment in 2011.
"I really saw that there was no one was making salt-water taffy here in New York City," Wu said.
Needing to expand, Wu recently moved production into this new food manufacturing center, at the old Brooklyn Army Terminal. The city's Economic Development Corporation spent $15 million to create the site as a place for entrepreneurs like Wu to develop businesses that make food in new York. The Salty Road is one of the first three tenants.
"Commercial kitchens are great places for people to share and start their businesses, but when it's time to expand you don't want to have to be elbowing other cooks out of the way to get to the stove," said James Patchett, president and CEO of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
The owners of City Saucery, also nestled in the Army Terminal, say it's all about putting a modern twist on traditional Italian sauces."
"These sauces that we jar sauces and condiments are my mom's recipes, her creation," said co-founder Micahael Marino.
MOMO operates down the hall, a salad dressing company launched by a husband and wife team, who emigrated from Japan. Their dressings are now sold in Whole Foods.
"My big, heart enters each bottle of dressing, that's the secret recipe!" said Yukimi Momose.
"Food manufacturing businesses, they need grease traps, they need special types of electrical equipment," said Patchett. "All of those different things we have located here, but at the same time, there's this community we're creating here."
It's a community that can accommodate at least a half-dozen more fledgling food business.
The Brooklyn Army Terminal was built in 1918, and became the military's biggest supply base through World War II.
Now, it's in the business of innovation, supplying new companies to power the city's economy.