Hunts Point market celebrates at tent party

Chef Ramon Eduardo of Il Forne Bakery slices bread during the Tradeshow & Expo at the 27th Annual Hunts Point Business Celebration Week on Thursday, October 9.
Community News Group / Steven Goodstein

For almost three decades, food distributors have gathered at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market annually for its celebration week. This year was no exception.

The 27th Annual Hunts Point Business Celebration Week 2014, which took place from Wednesday, October 8 to Friday, October 10, was well attended by businesses from the Hunts Point Industrial Zone as well as Bronx residents.

The event has continued to bring business and community together for an exciting but important event put together by the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation and sponsored by Global Energy Efficiency, an energy efficiency solutions provider.

The Annual Hunts Point Business Celebration Week included a CEO Salute on Wednesday, October 8 at Tosca Restaurant, where those in attendance had the opportunity to meet and network with CEO’s of big companies from the Industrial zone of Hunts Point.

It also included a Tradeshow and Expo on Thursday, October 9 at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, an event where the Hunts Point businesses along with other food businesses in the Bronx showcased foods and goods to other businesses, government agencies and community leaders.

“The Bronx is the neediest borough in New York City when it comes to hunger, and Hunts Point is their soup kitchen,” said Dan Cinquemani, vice president of Food Distribution for Food Bank For NYC.

“It’s great to see food businesses and residents from the Bronx come together for such a positive cause.”

On Friday, October 10, the Annual Hunts Point Business Celebration Week concluded with the Greater Hunts Point Chamber of Commerce Food Tour, also located at the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, where guests had the opportunity to meet different companies in Hunts Point while also learning about the largest food distribution center in the world.

“People usually don’t travel to Hunts Point unless they work for the food industry,” said HPEDC liaison Steve Rodriguez. “Events like this are the perfect way to help spread awareness about this location.”

It’s safe to say that the credit for this celebration week once again goes to the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation. HPEDC, a corporation founded in 1988 by now-President Josephine Infante to help enhance and improve the challenging business environment of Hunts Point, has planned this event for 27 years in a row and counting.

Big name attendees were more than willing to give her their well deserving praise for her tremendous accomplishments from 1988 to present day.

“Josephine has outdone herself once again,” said Maritza del Toro, who is the president of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “She had a goal, she had a vision – which was to bring all businesses together to create awareness about Hunts Point to the community of the Bronx – and as a result, it became a great success.”

Reach Reporter Steven Goodstein at (718) 742–3384. E-mail him at sgood‌stein‌@cngl‌ocal.com.

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