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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

Store Brands

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

Store Brands

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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