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Rastelli Foods Group breaks new ground on plant expansion

April 25, 2014
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Rastelli Foods Group has broken ground on an expansion that will nearly double the size of the current Rastelli Foods processing and manufacturing plant. The Swedesboro, NJ based company, which specializes in USDA certified Pureland black angus cattle, premium pork, artisan raised poultry, all natural veal and all natural lamb as well as several game products, is expanding its current facility to accommodate the growth experienced on all fronts over the past few years.

“It is incredibly exciting and refreshing to build and expand given the current economy and the state of the food industry as a whole. We have been fortunate enough to grow at a strong and steady pace. The renovations and expansion to our building are a direct reflection of that,” said co-founder and owner Tony Rastelli.

The Rastelli Foods building currently holds executive and sales team offices as well as a research and development test kitchen, wet aging and dry aging houses and several production rooms including one solely dedicated to the production of Rastelli’s signature burgers and high demand ground beef products. Trimming, Inspection and Packaging as well as Loading/Distribution capabilities are also a part of the facility.

The expansion will feature additional production rooms; including space for a new line of organic products, grass fed beef, value added product lines for retail and food service as well as shipping docks and offices for online retail division, RastelliDirect.com.

“In its current state, this building represents a very important part of our company history,” added co-founder and President Ray Rastelli. “There was a point where I couldn’t have imagined filling 50,000 sq. ft. and today we find ourselves in need of a facility twice that size. It’s a tribute to the dedication of our employees and their commitment to quality and service.”

Despite exponential growth over the last 38 years, Rastelli Foods Group remains a family company. On hand to break ground and assist in the burial of two, one dollar bills for good fortune were Lauren Rastelli (daughter of Tony), Ray Rastelli III (son of Ray), Andrew Hillman (nephew of Ray and Tony) and Michael Carr (son-in-law of Ray). It is that dedication to family values that everyone on the Rastelli teams attributes to the success of the company.

“Our focus is on quality and innovation. We have remained true to the principles that help us deliver a consistent and high quality product to restaurants, casinos, hotels and retail locations around the world,” added Ray Rastelli. “When you focus on those key ideals, growth happens organically.”

For now, the Rastelli family is thrilled for the future of the company and the increased capabilities that the expanded facility will provide.

Source: Rastelli Foods Group

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