NEW YORK — New York state’s biggest grocery store won $1 million in competition with pizza-maker Pizza Hut.
The New York State Cheese Shop and the New York Pizza Company, which also have locations in the state, will be named winners in a joint venture competition between the two retailers, the company said Wednesday.
The two companies will compete to buy the entire inventory of more than 3 million pounds of frozen, pre-cut slices from both stores, the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs said.
The two grocery stores have about 7,500 employees.
“I think that’s pretty amazing,” said Daniel Krammer, executive director of the New Yorkers Pizza Company.
“It’s a very good, big, successful company.”
The cheese shop will sell its frozen pizzas at Pizza Hut and Pizza Express locations.
The stores, which are in the same shopping center, will also sell cheese from the New Zealand-based firm and frozen cheese from Pizzamatix.
The contest comes as New York is trying to lure a lot of new businesses into the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law a $25 million tax incentive for new businesses, including online retailers and new restaurants.
Cuomo’s administration said it expects the incentive will create more than 1,500 jobs.
“This is a great day for the state of New York,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Our companies are already here, and we will be working hard to support these small businesses and the hundreds of thousands of jobs they create.”
The companies said they have already received hundreds of applications from potential customers.
They have also made several partnerships with local restaurants, including a partnership with Pizza Hut, and are exploring partnerships with other local pizza shops.