If you’re a restaurant or pizzeria owner, selecting a food distributor that specializes in pizza ingredients and truly understands the pizza industry can make a big difference in both customer experience and profitability.
First and foremost, these specialized distributors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in pizza making. They know exactly what ingredients are needed to create that perfect pizza, from the tastiest dough to the freshest toppings.
Moreover, the right distributor can offer a wide range of pizza-specific ingredients from across the globe that may be hard to find elsewhere, giving you access to unique flavors and options to elevate your menu.
Ferraro Foods: Embarking on Significant Expansion
With the goal of consistently high-quality signature pizza in mind, Ferraro Foods has become the distributor of choice for pizzerias and Italian restaurants across the Northeast. In 2019, Napoli Foods became part of the Ferraro Foods family. “It was a perfect match; our bloodlines really show the very same DNA,” noted Mike Cipriano, Northeast Area President for Ferraro Foods.
Ferraro Foods, one of the country’s largest specialty food and service supply distributors, has announced its significant expansion plans in Cheshire, CT. Ferraro’s specialty brand, Napoli will become the company’s third major growth initiative announced within recent months. These expansion plans have approvals accepted from state and local agencies, which value the expansions to nearly $10 million.
When the expansion plan for the Cheshire facility is complete, it will result in a 70 per cent increase in storage capacity. The storage capacity will allow Ferraro to double Napoli’s current sales volume and expand its presence in the northeast pizza market.
Ferraro acquired Napoli in 2019, and the business is a specialty brand of imported Italian foods, which currently operates in a 120,000-foot distribution centre in Cheshire. This distribution centre was built in 2008 and is strategically located between Boston and New York.
Earlier this year, Ferraro Foods announced it would expand its Long Island business and move into a larger 230,000 warehouse and distribution centre. It was followed closely by their new acquisition of New Jersey-based GDS Foods, which is another Italian food distributor, contributing to an additional revenue of nearly $50 million. “These additions and growth are all about finding businesses that share core values of unmatched service and quality products,” added CEO Dan Hill. “Our goal is to then provide the resources to enable them to continue to grow their customer base.”
According to Hill, Ferraro Foods CEO, Ferraro Foods is “intensely” focused on increasing its share in Northeast pizza markets. However, Ferraro continues to build its reputation as a premier specialty Italian food supplier at the country’s largest concentration of independent pizzeria locations.
The Ferraro Foods expansion is the latest step in Hill’s commitment become the distributor of choice in the “Pizza Power States” of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. “We’re on a mission to continue growing our customer base as we build our reputation as a premier provider in the specialty Italian foods space.”
“We are simply relentless in finding products after truly do make the pizza world better,” Cipriano elaborated. “We understand that we need to go that extra mile to source key ingredients that allows the restaurant to create signature pies and differentiate their menu from generic chains they compete with.”
Ferraro Foods was founded as a family business nearly 50 years ago, it offers a critical pizza market throughout 26 states in America. However, Ferraro aims to employ talent suited to its business to improve customer-based relationships and its overall business structure. Ferraro Foods’ annual sales have nearly reached 1.3 billion in revenue, and the business continues to flourish. It aims to build trusted relationships with its consumers by delivering authentic, top-quality offerings.
With a commitment to providing top quality authentic Italian ingredients and unmatched customer service, Ferraro Foods has found a truly unique recipe for success.