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Geneva company wins $1 million in NYS business competition

Empire State Development

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.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.