New York State’s food and beverage industry is coming together for a Long Island event you won’t want to miss.

Growth of the Urban Foodscape is where NYS food and beverage companies will connect with public, private, and university resources that can help them grow.

As an attendee at this half-day event, you will:

  • Discover funding opportunities
  • Talk to technical resources
  • Meet with suppliers
  • Hear from industry experts
  • Find potential distribution channels
  • Connect with buyers
  • Network with peers

As an exhibitor or resource, you can meet food and beverage companies who are looking to gain an edge.

All participants are invited to donate a non-perishable food item to the FSC Food Pantry, which is supported by Island Harvest.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Farmingdale State College

Ballroom in Campus Center

2350 Broadhollow Road

Farmingdale, NY 11735

Wifi PW
Username: fuzehub@farmingdale

Password: 962148


  • 7:00 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM
    Formal Event Begins / Welcome Remarks

    – Dr. Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)

    – Dr. John S. Nader – Farmingdale State College

    – Cynthia Colón – MTRC (Stony Brook U.)

    – Erica Chase-Gregory – Farmingdale SBDC

    – Michael Tucker – LIFC

    – Elizabeth Lusskin – ESD, Division of Small Business & Technology

  • 9:30 AM
    Keynote Speaker

    Doug Whitcomb, CPO & Founder, Whitson’s Culinary Group

  • 10:00 AM
    Network / Resource Interactions
  • 11:00 AM
    Panel Discussion

    – Kim Bawden – P2I at RIT
    – Ed Maguire – COE at Cornell AgriTech
    – Kevin Byrne – FSQA Solutions, LLC
    – Diane Giordano, CPA – Marcum LLP

    Moderator – Eric Fasser, FuzeHub

  • 11:30 AM
    Networking / Resource Interactions
  • 12:30 PM
  • 12:30 PM
    End of Formal Event
  • 1:00 PM
    Doors Close


Douglas Whitcomb is Chief Product Officer and company founder. Currently, he oversees the company’s Purchasing, Nutrition and Menu Development.
Doug Whitcomb
Chief Product Officer, Founder - Whitson's Culinary Group


Erica Chase-Gregory joined the Farmingdale SBDC in 2011. Erica owned and operated her own consulting business prior to joining the Small Business Development Center.
Erica Chase-Gregory
Regional Director


Dr. John S. Nader became President of Farmingdale State College in July 2016. Since his arrival he has worked with civic, business and institutional leaders to enhance the profile of Farmingdale State College as a vibrant campus vital to the future of Long Island.
Dr. John S. Nader


Michael is the president of the Long Island Food Council and leading the council’s efforts to connect companies in the Food & Beverage industry.
Michael Tucker
President, Long Island Food Council


Mr. Hamilton is the Director of Programs for Economic Development.  He oversees five major program areas within Economic Development.
David Hamilton
Director of Programs for Economic Development - Stony Brook University


Everton's focus is helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, local colleges, and universities to advance innovation and technology. More...
Dr. Everton H. Henriques
Director of Manufacturing and Technology Initiatives, FuzeHub


Executive Vice President for Small Business and Technology Development at Empire State Development, focused on technology and research commercialization, Life Science Initiative and Venture investments.
Elizabeth Lusskin
Executive VP, Small Business Development - ESD


Kim's primary role is to provide technical assistance to industry. Ms. Bawden supports manufacturers throughout the supply chain. More...
Kim Bawden
Technology Commercialization Program Manager, Senior Staff Engineer, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT


Ed is a Business Development Specialist, with the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture located at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY.
Ed Maguire
Business Development Specialist


Kevin is the owner and Senior Food Safety Consultant at FSQA Solutions, LLC. He maintains industry certifications in GMPs, GDPs, HACCP, food safety and food defense, SQF and BRC.
Kevin Byrne
Owner, Senior Food Safety Consultant - FSQA Solutions, LLC


Diane Giordano is a tax & business services partner in the Firm’s Melville office.
Diane Giordano, CPA
Tax and Business Service Partner, Marcum LLP


Eric has held various product development roles with manufacturing companies for over 20 years. Prior to joining FuzeHub he ran his own engineering and prototyping firm and now manages FuzeHub’s Solutions Program.
Eric Fasser
Solutions Program Manager, FuzeHub

Exhibitor Guide

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MTRC - Long Island NY-MEP Center

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MTRC is the NY-MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center for the Long Island region. We work with medium-sized Long Island manufacturers to build and grow their businesses, improve their bottom lines, become sustainable, and achieve their strategic goals.

NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech

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The New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech is an economic development hub for the state's food, beverage and agriculture industries. We're committed to improving people's lives by growing New York's vibrant food and agriculture economy. 
We work with partners across the state to increase the size and scope of the food and agriculture economy. We foster growth of new products and new and existing companies. Since launching in 2018, we're helped over 600 companies, created and retained over 575 jobs and helped our members increase revenues by over $39 million. 

Pecinka Ferri Assoc

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Leading Manufacturers Representives for Quality Foodservice Equipment and Supplies Brands

Pintail Coffee

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At Pintail Coffee our high-quality coffees are inspired by the beauty of the Pintail duck. Deep chocolate browns, muted grays and the rich black coloring inspired a blending of flavors carefully roasted together to achieve the perfect cup of coffee, every cup, every time.
Our coffee is made of the highest quality Arabica beans sourced from farms all over the globe- including Brazil, Colombia, Africa and Indonesia. Typically they are from high-altitudes to provide a richer and denser bean. The result is a stellar flavor with a “totally dissolved solid” rating of 9+. These beans are responsibly sourced, with an aim to building lasting relationships with farmers for years to come. Pintail Coffee vows to donate all profits to end hunger.

Price Paper

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Price Paper & Twine Company is the premier foodservice paper, packaging, catering and janitorial distributor serving the greater Long Island and Metro New York area. Price Paper's "fanatical" dedication to our customers is the defining difference. We invite you to see for yourself!

R&D Tax Savers

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Tax Credits are available for new/improved product and process development. Food and beverage companies are excellent candidates for the R&D Tax Credit, particularly with the increased global focus on clean foods and food safety.
R&D Tax Savers is a specialty firm, helping clients throughout the country in a variety of industries take advantage of the R&D Tax Credit.
Our multidisciplinary staff of Attorneys, CPAs, and Engineers, help clients maximize their R&D Tax Credit benefits. Our food industry project expertise includes commercial baking, prepared foods, pet food, craft beer/wine, cheese processing etc. Andrea Albanese of R&D Tax Savers manages the firm’s Food & Beverage sector and also has a focus on credits for start-up companies.

Rochester Institute of Technology

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The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) gives Empire State businesses, communities, and nonprofits the practical tools and solutions they need to realize the benefits of sustainability for our economy, environment, and our society as a whole.

Rotten Apple Graphics

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Rotten Apple Graphics is a freelance service for hire. We provide design services to clients on a project-by-project basis. The services offered by us, may include creating logos, designing marketing materials such as brochures and flyers, designing websites, 3D modelling and more. We work with you to ensure your needs are met on every project.

Stony Brook University Food Business Incubator at Calverton

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Provide a facility, support and structured growth pathway to enable food product companies to become sustainable and successful on Long Island.

SupplyOne Northeast

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At SupplyOne, we believe packaging is money. And we know where to find it for you. Our team of experts assesses your packaging supply chain from top to bottom, uncovering opportunities to streamline and save. We know the specific challenges middle market and family-owned companies face—and we’ve built our process to meet them. Built on the foundation of our comprehensive Packaging Management Program, the SupplyOne Food Packaging Program uses that same consultative perspective to bring you guaranteed savings within 30 days. Our recommendations are the key to amplifying your purchasing efficiencies, slimming down your inventory investment, raising employee productivity, and freeing up production space.



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