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Mushroom company hopes to grow new business in Finger Lakes

A Henrietta company specializing in mushrooms and related products is the first business at the Cornell Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture’s new co-working space at Cornell AgriTech.

Empire Medicinals, which specializes in gourmet varieties of mushrooms under the Leep Foods Brand, as well as additive ingredients, has taken lab space at the center, the company said.

Cathy Young, director of the Center of Excellence, said she’s pleased to see the fledgling company come to Geneva.


“The Center of Excellence is pleased to work with Empire Medicinals in its product research and development,” Young said. “The young company has already developed unique, very tasty and healthy food products and was an award winner in the 2020 Grow-NY competition. Working with the world-class food scientists at Cornell AgriTech will help the company take its products to the next level.”

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