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From bean to bowl, how Ithaca Hummus got to Rochester
(WHAM-TV) Ithaca Hummus started as a small idea in Ithaca, and has now grown to a large operation in Greece. It was founded by Chris Kirby in 2014. He developed the idea when he was a Cornell University student, seeing a need for tastier hummus on the market. The chef then got to work making different batches in a small kitchen he rented in Ithaca. Fox Rochester

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Chat About Food & Wine Show
Stefani LiDestri is Co-President of LiDestri Food & Drink, a company founded when her father purchased Cantisano Foods from his mentor, Ralph Cantisano. So, was it destiny that Stefani and her brother would eventually be at the helm of the business? Kind of. Listen here


Wanu Water Announces Strategic Partnership with LiDestri Food and Drink
Wanu water, the nutrient-infused water packed with 24% of your daily fiber intake, providing natural energy to boost your metabolism and quench your appetite, has announced a new strategic partnership with LiDestri Food and Drink, the premier private label and contract manufacturer of food, beverages and spirits. The partnership marks a long-term venture between wanu and LiDestri with the shared interest in building enterprise value. BevNet


'Grow-NY' aims to generate agricultural innovation and jobs
New York state has kicked off another business competition, this time focusing on the state’s agricultural industry.

The state already has competitions designed to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the high tech industry and in a variety of upstate projects, and now it has created something called 'Grow-NY.' WXXI News

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Bloody Mary Expo at Lilac Festival
If you’re a fan of Bloody Marys, there’s an event coming up at the Lilac Festival that you may want to visit. Fox Rochester


When LiDestri Foods Inc. opens its new 65,000-square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park next year, it will mark the regional manufacturer’s foray into the frozen food sector.
The partnership between LiDestri and Belgian manufacturer Crop’s N.V. will result in a $51 million investment that will add more than 120 jobs to the region. One Frozen, as the venture will be called, will produce ready-to-eat frozen meals in what LiDestri’s retail partners say is a hot category right now. Rochester Business Journal


LiDestri Venture to Create Local Jobs
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - LiDestri Food and Drink is using a new joint venture to expand its local presence at Eastman Business Park and create new manufacturing jobs.

Stefani LiDestri, the Co-President and Chief Marketing Officer for LiDestri Food and Drink, discussed the joint venture with Belgian based Crop's duing our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation Wednesday on News 8 at Sunrise. Rochester First


LiDestri Food & Drink Looks at New Concepts for Frozen Food
The project is a joint venture between LiDestri Food and Drink and a Belgian company, called Crop's which would add more than 120 jobs. It involves a new production facility at Eastman Business Park. It is a $51 million project, and would be Lidestri’s fourth plant in the area.

John C. LiDestri is co-president of the locally based company. He says this project involves the packaging of frozen fruits and vegetables,and coming up with new concepts for how they are prepared with seasoning and sauces. WXXI News

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Ithaca Cold-Crafted Closes $2.7 Million In New Growth Capital From LiDestri Food and Drink
Ithaca Cold-Crafted, one of the fastest growing brands in the hummus category, announces the closing of $2.7 million of new growth capital from LiDestri Food and Drink, a premier private label and contract manufacturer of food, beverages, and spirits. Deli Market News

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Made in Our Hometown: LiDestri Food & Drink
Greece, N.Y. -- LiDestri Food & Drink churns out millions of products every day, including many labels you probably recognize but didn't realize were made right here in the Rochester area.That includes brands like Newman's Own, Francesco Rinaldi and others. The Fairport-based company has been growing and adding to its profile in recent years. Ashley Doerzbacher visited the company's facility on Lee Road in Greece this morning for an overview. Fox Rochester

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$51m Lidestri Expansion, Promising 120 Jobs, Highlights Cuomo's Flx Agenda
A new venture between Fairport's LiDestri Food and Drink and a Belgian company promises more than 120 jobs and a new production facility to be built at Eastman Business Park. The $51 million project is one of several area food and agriculture initiatives promised state funding when Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed his 2019 agenda this week. Democrat & Chronicle


So proud to share some exciting news! Rochester Business Journal selected Stefani LiDestri as a Women of Excellence honoree!

Established in 2018, the Women of Excellence awards recognize high-achieving women for their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.

"This year's Women of Excellence honorees are trailblazers who led the way for other Rochester women to follow their dreams and passions," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. "They have mentored countless business leaders to achieve excellence, and we are in awe of their achievements. Congratulations to this year's Women of Excellence honorees." Rochester Business Journal

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Growing Portfolio and Rapid Expansion into New Markets Prompts Name Change
With an expanding roster of spirits now in its portfolio, LiDestri Spirits has announced a name change to ROC HOUSE BRANDS. The company will officially introduce the new name at this year's Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Annual Convention May 1-3.

According to Joe Ragazzo, Vice President of Sales for ROC HOUSE BRANDS, the new name better reflects an east coast company that is rapidly becoming a national player. "We're adding distributors and sales personnel in new markets throughout the country," said Ragazzo. "We might be relatively new onto the spirits scene, but our exciting brand portfolio and industry experienced managers have positioned us for growth and expansion into national markets." Ragazzo, a 35-year spirits industry veteran including 30 years at Brown Forman, joined the company in July 2015.

ROC HOUSE BRANDS will remain a subsidiary of LiDestri Food & Drink. The new name pays homage to LiDestri's birthplace and headquarters, Rochester, NY. "We're proud of our Rochester roots and will continue to embody our parent company's core values: Act with grit, Be creative, Make an impact, and Do the right thing," Ragazzo added.

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With an expanding roster of spirits now in its portfolio, LiDestri Spirits has announced a name change to ROC HOUSE BRANDS
The company will officially introduce the new name at this year’s Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Annual Convention May 1-3. ROC HOUSE BRANDS will remain a subsidiary of LiDestri Food & Drink. The new name pays homage to LiDestri’s birthplace and headquarters, Rochester, NY. Just as LiDestri forged its own path, using innovation as its guiding star, ROC HOUSE BRANDS will achieve its goals with products that are distinctive, surprising and always grounded in authenticity. And while they may come from all over the country, each one will have at least one thing in common...a little piece of Rochester. Shanken News Daily

Democrat & Chronicle

Lidestri's Valentine's Gift: Extra Paychecks for All Employees
While the rest of us were seeing hearts on Valentine’s Day, LiDesti Food and Drink employees were seeing green.

Each employee learned Wednesday that they would receive a double mid-month paycheck, thanks to a high performing year at the food and beverage production company and the recent federal tax cuts, which afforded the company unaccounted-for funds. Officials decided the best use for the windfall was to share it with the workforce. Democrat & Chronicle

Food Engineering

LiDestri Shares 3 Realistic Tips For Successful New Product Development
LiDestri Food and Drink has been busy helping many large food companies to smoothly and efficiently develop new products and quickly get them to the consumer-testing phase. Outsourcing R&D can hasten the speed to market as well as help inform positioning and marketing decisions. Food Engineering

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LiDestri Hits the 'Refresh' Button with New Name and Industry-Leading Website
To better reflect its more comprehensive capabilities, LiDestri Foods has become LiDestri Food and Drink. Bustling beverage and spirits divisions have been added in recent years, augmenting the company’s longstanding dominance of the pasta sauce and salsa contract manufacturing sector. A new leading-edge website, www.LiDestriFoodandDrink.com, is a valuable resource for customers, prospects, media, employees and applicants. Store Brands


Million Dollar Bonus Payout To Employees Of LiDestri Food and Drink
In an interview with WXXI radio, LiDestri CEO Giovanni LiDestri explains his decision to pay out cash bonuses to his employees, based on years of service, as he transitions day-to-day operations of the company to its new co-presidents, his children, Stefani LiDestri and John C. LiDestri. WXXI News

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Graham Packaging wins Diamond Award at the 2016 DuPont Packaging Awards
LiDestri and Wegmans partner to be the first to leverage Graham Packaging's award winning PET jar. This revolutionary jar is 100% recyclable, shatterproof and 90% lighter than competing glass jars. Wegmans is first to market with this technology and it now offers its successful private label pasta sauce line in this innovative jar. Store Brands

Progressive Grocer

Collaborative Innovation Fuels Food and Beverage Growth at LiDestri
Of the many tools that food and beverage companies can wield to help fight off the swarming competition, "collaborative innovation" has recently emerged as a highly effective and cost-efficient choice. Co-creating with a like-minded company — not just products, but innovations in service areas such as delivery, inventory and marketing — can save companies an impressive amount of time and money. Progressive Grocer

Democrat & Chronicle

LiDestri Products Hitting Kroger Stores
Newman's Own Common Good organic pasta sauces were created with the help of Rochester-based food processor LiDestri Food & Beverage and 1.5 million tomatoes from a Californian grower. The local company developed the sauce with executives from Newman's Own at LiDestri's Innovation Center, a test kitchen and pilot room allowing the companies to take an item from the stove to full-scale production. Democrat & Chronicle

Food Processing Magazine

Tolling Services for High Pressure Processing (HPP) are Growing
Wegmans is helping fund a HPP pilot plant at Cornell University along with LiDestri Food & Beverage, a private-label manufacturer that Wegmans encouraged to launch Finger Lakes Fresh Press, a Rochester, N.Y., tolling service that begins commercial operations in early 2016. Food Processing Magazine

Rochester Business Journal

LiDestri, U.K. firm to form $17M joint venture for beets
LiDestri Foods Inc. is partnering with a United Kingdom-based firm to create Love Beets USA LLC, a $17 million Rochester-based joint manufacturing venture. Under the partnership, LiDestri and G’s Fresh Ltd. will process and package fresh, marinated and organic beets and beets products at the LiDestri Foods manufacturing complex at Eastman Business Park. Rochester Business Journal

Packaging Digest

Aseptic Packaging Stirs Up the Beverage Business
LiDestri Food & Beverage wants to change the face of the beverage aisle from the ho-hum round bottle to what it sees as the stand-out package of the future: aseptic cartons. To that end, the privately-held company has invested in two new packaging lines at its Pennsauken, NJ, plant to gear up for a surge in contract business for aseptic packaging. Packaging Digest

Democrat & Chronicle

11 Rochester Firms With a Highly Unusual Reach
With local manufacturing operations in Fairport and Rochester, this 35-year-old company mainly makes sauces, dips and salsas sold nationwide. One of LiDestri's newest clients is country music star Kenny Chesney. Chesney's Blue Chair Bay brand rum is distilled in Barbados and bottled at the company's spirits operation in Rochester. Democrat & Chronicle

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