Food Tech

Like a Spinal Tap amp, Beer Week delivers a bit more

By JIM McCUNE // Long Island Craft Beer Week kicks off this Friday and, despite its name, runs a full 10 days. Launched by local craft beer entrepreneurs and beer-passionate marketers, the event seeks to raise awareness for the regional craft beer culture and promote patronage at local breweries, bars and restaurants. It also seeks to help out the less fortunate by collecting food and donations for the Long Island Cares food bank through the…

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Moustache Brewing does a little aging of its own

By JIM MCCUNE // Enjoy them now, because they grow up so quickly. We’re talking, in this case, about Riverhead’s award-winning microbrewery, Moustache Brewing Co., which turns 2 on April 30. If you’re not familiar with the Moustache story, it started back in 2012 when Lauri and Matt Spitz decided to give up their day jobs, launch a KickStarter campaign and pray they’d reach their goal of $30,000. More than 500 pledges and $31,413 later, the…


At Botticelli, tapping into next-gen tastes

By GREGORY ZELLER // The irony is not lost on Salvatore Asaro. The president and CEO of Hauppauge-based Botticelli Foods recognizes the dichotomy in using social media, smartphone apps and other e-commerce solutions to maintain culinary traditions that stretch back through centuries and all the way to the old country. But this is a new world, one in which millennials increasingly do their shopping – including grocery shopping – on mobile devices, and where major…


Craft brewers take another giant hop

Craft brewers expanded their market share by 13 percent in 2015, cooking up 24.5 million barrels worth $22.3 billion, the Colorado-based Brewers Association announced this week. The dollar value now represents more than a fifth of all U.S. beer sales, an increase of 16 percent year over year. “For the past decade, craft brewers have charged into the market, seeing double digit growth for eight of those years,” said Bart Watson, the association’s chief economist….


It’s crunch time for Decision Nutrition

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a chip off the old fitness-nutrition multimedia empire. Great Neck-based Decision Nutrition, which husband-and-wife power duo Keren and Jonathan Gilbert have nurtured into a national healthy-living brand since launching in 2009, has spun off a new subsidiary based on its popular line of chia-seed bagels. Chia Bagels and Chips Enterprises Inc. officially incorporated in January, founded by the Gilberts and partner Jon Doneson, a principal on the sales and consulting…


Big growth in the ag-tech sector

Funding in the ag-tech sector nearly doubled in 2015, with more than $4.5 billion invested in everything from food e-commerce platforms to farm-2-consumer services, cannabis technology and drones used in what’s known as “precision agriculture.” The investment total represents a 94 percent increase over 2014 totals and included 526 deals with 672 unique investors, according to ag-tech funding site Agfunder. While the sector continued to diversify last year, food e-commerce continued to capture the largest…


The long road to short-order artistry

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s your typical career trajectory. Start in the hospitality industry, busing tables and supporting kitchens and tending bar and whatever, at age 13. Skyrocket through the commercial-division ranks at Hicksville home-security specialist Slomins until you decide suddenly, at age 22, to purchase a building and open a bar. Sell the bar three years later, keep the building, manage Capital One Bank’s executive dining services for a while, and then, about a…