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LiDestri Food and Drink is donating $1 million worth of hand sanitizer to camps, schools, and more.
Rochester, NY — June 30, 2020 — As summer camps open this week, a local company is helping to keep campers and staff safe by donating tens of thousands of gallons of medical-grade hand sanitizer. LiDestri Food and Drink is committed to donating $1 million worth of sanitizer throughout the summer, to camps, school districts, medical facilities, first responders, cultural organizations, and charities, as well as restaurants and bars as they reopen.

Recipe 21® Launches Hand Sanitizer Line to Help with COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Rochester, NY — April 21, 2020 — Recipe 21 announced the availability of its hand sanitizer line in direct response to COVID-19 relief efforts and the nationwide supply shortage. Stefani LiDestri, Co-CEO of Recipe 21’s parent company LiDestri Food and Drink, revealed earlier this month that the company adjusted its spirits production at its Lee Road facility to produce hand sanitizer and meet the growing needs of essential businesses, healthcare, first responders, and consumers. Orders are being accepted online at for curbside pick-up, as well as sold through partnerships with the Rochester Red Wings, Palmer’s Food Services, and Lake Beverage Corporation. The company plans to expand to additional size offerings and direct-to-home shipments in the coming weeks.

Francesco Rinaldi™ Launches American-Made, USDA Certified Organic Alfredo Sauces
Rochester, NY — OCTOBER 17, 2019 — Francesco Rinaldi — a popular brand marking its 40th anniversary this year — has launched American-made, USDA Certified Organic alfredo sauces. The sauces are created with fresh, domestic cream from American farms and real parmesan and romano cheeses. Franceso Rinaldi organic alfredo sauces, available in Classic Alfredo and Roasted Garlic flavors, are already available at select stores.

Governor Cuomo Announces Partnership Between Lidestri Food and Drink and Crop's N.V. at Eastman Business Park
Rochester, NY — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the partnership between food product manufacturer LiDestri Food and Drink and Crop's N.V. of Belgium in Rochester. With support from the State, the successful companies will form a new company that will manufacture ready-to-eat-meals at a new 65,000 square-foot facility at Eastman Business Park. The partnership will result in the creation of 123 new full-time jobs over the next five years, and 900 jobs will be retained at LiDestri's two Finger Lakes region locations. In addition to the construction of the new facility, the $51.3 million project will also include the addition of manufacturing lines, a rail extension and utility upgrades.

Francesco Rinaldi™ Unveils Line of Organic Pasta Sauces, Sustainable Packaging for Entire Family of Products
Rochester, NY — JULY 17, 2018 — Household classic Francesco Rinaldi has released a fresh new line of USDA Certified Organic pasta sauces available in four specially crafted recipes: Portobello, Pomodoro, Garlic & Onion and Basil. Francesco Rinaldi’s organic sauces will be packaged in the environmentally-friendly Living Jar, an innovative substitute to glass packaging that is lighter, shatterproof and has a significantly smaller eco-footprint than its glass counterpart.

LiDestri Food and Beverage Announces Leadership Transition
Rochester, NY — LiDestri Food and Beverage President and CEO Giovanni LiDestri is delighted to announce that, effective July 23, 2016, he will be transferring responsibilities for day-to-day company operations to sibling team Stefani and John C. LiDestri, who will serve as co-presidents under his active direction.

Collaboration Offers Innovations Like Newman's Own’s 'Common Good' a Speedier Path to Market
Rochester, NY — Just one year after Newman’s Own CEO Mike McGrath told LiDestri Foods CEO Giovanni LiDestri about an idea for a new line of organic pasta sauces, pallets of finished jars began arriving at Kroger stores nationwide, under the name Common Good.

LiDestri Food and Beverage Announces Purchase Of Hiperbaric HPP Machine
Rochester, NY — With the upcoming addition of high pressure processing (HPP), LiDestri Food and Beverage continues to grow its capabilities with an eye toward the upward-trending market for healthy and natural food and beverages.

LiDestri Targets Healthy And Natural Market With Premium Organic Teas, Banana Water And Aloe Water At PLMA 2015
Rochester, NY — Helping retailers take aim at the soon-to-be $1 trillion healthy and natural market, LiDestri Food, Beverage and Spirits will be sampling its new, premium organic teas and functional, flavored waters at PLMA 2015 in Chicago.

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