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New York Concord Grape Innovation Award

New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture

Closed August 1, 2022


The New York Concord Grape Innovation Award is a competition focused on a traditional crop with more than 200 years of history in New York and stimulating the innovation needed for the development of new products and markets for this important commodity.

Innovation awards, totaling over $100,000 in cash prizes and packages of expert support, will be given to companies or organizations that develop innovative concord grape-based products that substantially increase demand and utilization of New York-grown concord grapes.

The competition is organized by the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.



The Innovation Award is open to established New York businesses - food processors, producers, entrepreneurs – who have been in business for at least 1 year as per January 1, 2022. Individuals with new ideas may partner with an established business to participate in the competition.


The awards consist of Trophies, Cash Prizes, and Packages of Expert Support to be provided by Cornell University. The Package of Expert Support will include services, training and assistance provided by the Cornell Food Venture Center, the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University and the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park. The Cash Prizes will be used by the winners to help bring new products to market. The three winning products in each category will also be featured at Taste NY Welcome Centers and Markets.

Innovation Awards will be given in 2022, by category:

  • Best New Concord Grape Beverage

  • Best New Concord Grape Based Product

For each category, awards will be given to first, second and third places, according to the decision of a judging panel comprised of representatives of industry, government and academia. The awards will be allocated as follows:

  • First Prize: $20,000 + Package of Expert Support valued at $8,000

  • Second Prize: $10,000 + Package of Expert Support valued at $5,000

  • Third Prize: $5,000 + Package of Expert Support valued at $3,500

Cornell’s Package of Expert Support Options

  • Specialized trainings in food safety and technology

  • Expert consultation – food processing, packaging, safety, marketing

  • Pilot plant usage

  • Product commercialization support

  • Laboratory services

Package of Expert Support prizes cannot be converted into currency and must be redeemed as services provided exclusively by the programs listed by June 30 of 2023. If warranted, proper controls will be followed to protect patentable discoveries and trade secrets.


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Updated December 7, 2022

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