Why We Exist.

Everyone remembers the best meal they’ve ever had. We’d like to be a part of that experience.

“We all eat & it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.”
– Anna Thomas

Meet Chris.

Chris Whitehair
Owner

A Rochester, NY native, Chris attended Syracuse University and graduated in 2008 majoring in Film and minoring in Hospitality Management. Early in his career, he worked on numerous feature film projects in addition to serving and managing restaurants.

Along with his friends and business partners Benny Howard and Munjal Yagnik, Chris co-founded a film production company in 2010. In addition, Chris has eight years of professional digital marketing experience, and currently works as a Senior SEO Specialist at the largest marketing and advertising agency in Rochester.

Inspired by three of his family member’s restaurants, Chris returns to the world of food to keep his family tradition moving forward.

Chris lives with his fiancée and daughter in Fairport, a suburb of the Flower City. He enjoys watching football, a good adult cocktail, spending time with his four nephews and three nieces, and he never misses Sunday brunch at his Grandpa’s house.

Chris in the Media

December 28th, 2019 – Chris interviewed on the WHAM 1180 Food and Wine Show starring Pauly Guglielmo.

November 10th, 2022 – Flower City Flavor Company mentioned on Fox Rochester amongst the other sponsors for the Inner Loop Blog Spicy Roast Battle. Watch here.

March 13th, 2024 – Flower City Flavor Company featured, with multiple quotes from Chris, in Food Processing Magazine: Co-Branding Brings Recognition, Expands Market.

Our Statements.

Our Mission

To provide flavors that enhance the life experience; flavors that celebrate food, the gift of taste and the joy of eating.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is strictly growth. To grow our customer base, to grow our employee development and grow our knowledge on the products we sell and learn about new flavors every single day.

Our Vision

To be the world’s leading online retailer of unique flavors from all corners of Earth.

OUR HISTORY

June 21st, 2016

Chris loses his job. On the walk back to his car, he tells himself “Now it’s time to work for yourself.” Many months of research and self-reflecting begin on how to achieve this.

March 10th, 2017

Flower City Flavor Company, LLC is officially incorporated in New York State.

November 25th, 2017

The Flower City Flavor Company website officially goes live on Black Friday.

September 1st, 2018

After a slow start to the company, Chris throws a BBQ for his friends and family showcasing his products and to raise excitement.

June 15th, 2019

Flower City Flavor Company appears at The Rochester Public Market for the first time as a daily vendor.

October 19th, 2019

Flower City Flavor Company appears at their first event, the Swain Beer Fest.

December 14th, 2019

Flower City Flavor Company debuts new olive oils and vinegars in 6 flavors: Arbequina Estate Grown EVOO, Traditional Dark Balsamic, Blood Orange, Tuscan Herb, Blueberry, and Fig.

October 26th, 2020

Bourbon Barrel Malt Vinegar, aged in charred oak barrels from Iron Smoke Distillery, launches.

May 22nd, 2021

Flower City Flavor Company smashes it’s in-person sales record at a Saturday Rochester Public Market appearance.

June 24th, 2022

Flower City Flavor Company launches its first ever exclusive product, Karma Sauce Extreme Smokey Karma.

February 1st, 2023

New York Chips debuts their updated Salt & Vinegar chips, featuring the flavor of Flower City Flavor Company Bourbon Barrel Malt Vinegar. This collab puts FCFC in major retailers, such as Wegmans and Walmart, for the first time!

See Our Store & Product Reviews!

J. Amaya
J. Amaya
Verified ownerVerified owner
1/5

recently ordered 5 hot sauces from flower city, my favorite was mushroom mayhem and the other 3 were pretty good. Don't know if this one was a bad batch but this mango hab was vile! Weird consistency like baby food that was left out too long and the taste was like a mango flavored applesauce with barely a hint of spice. I did not enjoy the taste at all! Tried to fix it by adding vinegar and salt to it, and though it tastes marginally better, it might still end up in the trash bin.

1 week ago
Joe Pereira
Joe Pereira
Verified ownerVerified owner
5/5

These chips are my go to for a quick snack. Perfect amount of crispiness and saltiness. My family loves them and my son takes them to school. It is SO easy to order on the flower city flavor company website, this going to be a regular order for me!

4 weeks ago
Scott A Tripp
Scott A Tripp
Verified ownerVerified owner
5/5

My dad loved this hot sauce. He's a big fan of the beer, so getting the hot sauce to him was huge.

2 months ago
Scott A Tripp
Scott A Tripp
Verified ownerVerified owner
5/5

This meat hot sauce was great with hotdogs and burgers.

2 months ago
Scott A Tripp
Scott A Tripp
Verified ownerVerified owner
5/5

My friend is a huge fan of Loganberry, so when I saw this I had to get it for him. He really enjoyed it.

2 months ago
Scott A Tripp
Scott A Tripp
Reviewer
5/5

The delivery was here really quickly, and the items were all well packaged.

2 months ago
Shawn Setnicky
Shawn Setnicky
Verified ownerVerified owner
4/5

"Multi Award Winning Sauce" claims the jar. I wouldn't say that myself. It's decent, but I've had a bunch of sauces that are better including my own.

In the jar, this had a great texture. Same great texture after heating, however eating is a different story. The mouth feel is gritty. The chili powder and cinnamon/brown sugar are too overpowering to the rest of the ingredients. Because of that some of the heat from the cayenne gets lost in translation and it could be hotter. The sauce is overly salty when it doesn't need to be. I'd eat it again, but it wouldn't be first on my list of must place another order.

3 months ago
Shawn Setnicky
Shawn Setnicky
Reviewer
5/5

Shipping cost was reasonable and it was packed well. Arrived in a timely matter. I'd order from them again. Especially if they start carrying some more Rochester, NY meat sauces for hot dogs.

3 months ago
Anonymous
Anonymous
Reviewer
5/5

Best company for getting Rochester’s great foods anywhere in the country. Thanks from Orlando Fl

3 months ago

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