A Geneva company, RealEats America is the $1 million winner of the Grow-NY business competition.
It was the first year for the Grow-NY food and agriculture effort which focuses on enhancing food, beverage and agriculture related industries. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the effort will help create a lasting economic impact on New York’s agribusiness.
RealEats was chosen after a recent two-day summit held in Rochester where 17 finalists pitched their business ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges. Cornell University administered the competition.
RealEats sells prepared meals made without a lot of processed foods and also with many of the ingredients coming from local sources.
The other Rochester-area business that won a prize was The Perfect Granola from Victor, which won $250,000.
The competition is funded through New York state’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
Grow-NY winners must commit to operating in the Central New York, Finger Lakes or Southern Tier regions for at least one year.