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Harris Teeter Distribution

RALEIGH,N.C., July 23, 2014 – Harris Teeter has added Italian Foods Corporation’s line of La Piana® aged balsamic vinegars of Modena and other imported Italian delicacies.

                Along with the La Piana Bronze, Silver, and Gold balsamic vinegars, Harris Teeter, headquartered in Matthews, N.C., also is carrying Italian Foods’ highest density Romantica Gran Reserva Balsamic Vinegar and the fruit infused La Piana Fig Balsamic Vinegar, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  The retailer also now sells La Piana Grilled Cipolline Onions, Lapiana-Krause said.

                Italian Foods also is expanding its distribution geographically.  Avenue Gourmet of Owings Mills, Md., has added the Bronze balsamic vinegar, and Lomar Distributing Inc. a Des Moines, Iowa, based subsidiary of Hy-Vee, is adding the La Piana line of six shelf stable stuffed pastas, she said.

 
Tasto Balsamic Pearls

RALEIGH,N.C., April 10, 2014 – Italian Foods Corporation’s new Tasto Balsamic Pearls have arrived in the United States and now are available for shipment.  Samples of the new balsamic pearls will be available at the Summer Fancy Food Show, Booth 1954.

               The pearls are caviar-like globes of balsamic vinegar that are a product of molecular gastronomy, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  They give small bursts of balsamic vinegar flavor and provide visual interest in salads, fish and meat dishes, and over fruit for an easy dessert, Lapiana-Krause said. 

               Tasto Balsamic Pearls are packaged in 50-gram (1.76-ounce) jars with metal lids reminiscent of caviar jars and have a suggested retail price of $12.99.

 
New Distributors

Italian Foods Corporation’s regional Italian delicacies now are being distributed through Nature’s Best of Brea, Calif., and Cavallaro Foods of Syracuse, N.Y.

Nature’s Best now is handling Italian Foods’ full line of six all natural and shelf stable La Piana® stuffed pastas, and its line of four La Piana pasta sauces, including the USDA Organic-certified Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.

Cavallaro Foods is carrying five of the stuffed pastas and three pasta sauces along with La Piana Garlic & Tomato and Green & Black Olive Bruschetta toppings.  It also has added La Piana Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and La Piana Fig Balsamic Vinegar.

 
Kings and Whole Foods add La Piana Products

ITALIAN FOODS CORPORATION’S LA PIANA BRAND PRODUCTS

ARE ADDED BY KINGS AND WHOLE FOODS PACIFIC NORTHWEST

Kings markets now have added imported grilled Italian vegetables.  Whole Foods Pacific Northwest is carrying shelf stable stuffed pastas from the Lombardy region.

 

               RALEIGH,N.C., Nov. 18, 2013 – Italian Foods Corporation’s La Piana® grilled Italian vegetables now are being carried by Kings markets, and the Whole Foods Pacific Northwest Region has added La Piana shelf stable stuffed pastas.

               Kings is offering customers Italian Foods’ line of three grilled vegetables, which includes the new artichokes along with sundried tomatoes and cipolline onions, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  The sale is being handled through Haddon House Food Products of Medford, N.J.  Kings also has been carrying the La Piana imported stuffed pastas and artisan egg pastas.

               Whole Foods Pacific Northwest now is carrying three of the La Piana stuffed pastas, including the Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano, Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto, and Ravioli with Squash, Lapiana-Krause said.  The sale is being handled through UNFI of Providence, R.I.  All of the stuffed pastas are imported from the Lombardy region and are shelf stable for 15 months.  Other flavors in the line include Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola, Ravioli with Pecorino & Potato, and Tortellini with Cheese.

               The grilled vegetables are available in 10-ounce jars at a suggested retail price of $7.49.  La Piana stuffed pastas are packaged in 1-pound boxes with a suggested retail price of $6.19 to $7.19.  

 

 
New Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Italian Foods Corporation is introducing a new sundried tomato pesto that it will feature at the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show Jan. 19-21 in San Francisco, Booth 3718.

La Piana® Sundried Tomato Pesto is imported from the Umbria region and has a pleasantly intense tomato flavor from the sundried tomatoes as well as richness and texture from cashews, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  The red pesto is flavored with garlic, delicate Grana Padano cheese, and a pinch of chile pepper to lift the taste of the other ingredients and leave just a spark of flavor on the tongue, Lapiana-Krause said.

“We love this really flavorful twist on a traditional basil pesto,” she said.  It is delicious over pasta, as a bruschetta topping on charred bread or as a gourmet pizza sauce.  It also works well as a condiment on sandwiches, in soups or alongside chicken and flaky white fish.”

 
New Romantica packaging

ITALIAN FOODS INTRODUCES NEW PACKAGING FOR ITS HIGHEST QUALITY ROMANTICA BALSAMIC VINEGAR AT THE SUMMER FANCY FOOD SHOW

 

               RALEIGH,N.C., June 18, 2013 – Italian Foods Corporation is introducing new packaging for its top of the line balsamic vinegar of Modena at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show, Booth 2142.

               La Piana® Romantica Gran Riserva is the company’s highest density balsamic vinegar and now features a new label with a refreshed design and a tamper resistant shrink sleeve wrap that replaces a wax seal on the cork, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  The new label showcases a bright red heart and lettering with touches of silver against a dense black background, Lapiana-Krause said.  “The richness of the black label reflects the dark syrupy texture of the vinegar and gives the packaging an upscale look consistent with the high quality of the aged vinegar,” she says.  “The heart symbolizes the name Romantica, which is perfect for a vinegar this indulgent and sensuous.”

               The Romantica Gran Riserva Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has a density of 1.32 and a sugar level of 750 grams per liter.  It has a suggested retail price of $29.99 per 8.4 ounce bottle.  The Balsamic Vinegars of Modena are made from the juice of Trebbiano grapes, which produce a rich, sweet vinegar balanced with enough acidity to create an intense, but well rounded, flavor, Lapiana-Krause said.  The La Piana line also includes Bronze, Silver and Gold Balsamic Vinegars of Modena.  Suggested retail prices for the vinegars, which come in 8.4-ounce decorative bottles, are $9.99 for the Bronze, $18.99 for the Silver and $26.99 for the Gold. 

 
UNFI East adds products

UNFI EAST ADDS ITALIAN FOODS CORPORATION’S LA PIANA BRAND VINEGARS, ORGANIC VEGETARIAN BOLOGNESE AND STUFFED PASTAS

 

               RALEIGH,N.C., Jan. 15, 2013 – UNFI East has added Italian Foods Corporation’s organic vegetarian Bolognese pasta sauce, shelf stable stuffed pastas and fruit balsamic vinegar from Modena.

               UNFI, headquartered in Providence, R.I., now is carrying the USDA organic La Piana Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce, La Piana Ravioli with Squash and Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto, and La Piana Fig Balsamic Vinegar, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  In addition, UNFI East also recently began carrying Italian Foods’ line of Bronze, Silver and Gold aged balsamic vinegars of Modena, Lapiana-Krause said.

               The La Piana Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce is imported from its namesake Bologna.  To stay true to the sauce’s meaty nature, crumbled soy provides the texture and authentic taste of a traditional Bolognese sauce, she said.  It is packaged in 19.4-ounce jars with a suggested retail price of $9.49. 

               La Piana stuffed pastas are shelf stable for 15 months, and the line also includes Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola, Ravioli with Pecorino & Potato, Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano, and Tortellini with Cheese.  They are available in 1-pound boxes with a suggested retail price of $6.19 to $7.19. 

               The fig balsamic vinegar is all natural, imported from the Modena region of Italy and made from the juice of Trebbiano grapes grown in the region.  The rich sweetness of the grapes is balanced with a pleasant acidity for a well-rounded flavor, Lapiana-Krause said.  Suggested retail prices of the vinegars, which come in 8.4-ounce decorative bottles, are $9.99 for the Bronze, $18.99 for the Silver and $26.99 for the Gold.

 
UNFI adds Italian Foods Corporation products

Italian Foods Corporation's organic La Piana Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce, shelf stable stuffed pastas and aged balsamic vinegars now are being carried by UNFI of Providence, R. I., which will distribute La Piana stuffed pastas and the vegetarian Bolognese sauce to Safeway.

Along with the vegetarian Bolognese sauce, UNFI West now is handling La Piana Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto, Ravioli with Squash and Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano filling. Those four products will be available in Safeway stores through UNFI distribution centers in Auroro, Colo., Rocklin, Calif., Moreno Valley, Calif., and Auburn, Wash.

In addition, UNFI East is now carrying Italian Foods' line of Bronze, Silver and Gold aged balsamic vinegars of Modena.

 
Vegetarian Sauce in Whole Foods Northeast

WHOLE FOODS ADDS LAPIANA VEGETARIAN BOLOGNESE

The organic sauce delivers authentic meaty taste without the meat.

 

               RALEIGH, N.C., May 30, 2012 – Italian Foods Corporation’s organic La Piana® Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce now is approved by Whole Foods Northeast Region.  Distribution is being handled by Chex Finer Foods of Mansfield, Mass.

               The Vegetarian Bolognese is USDA Organic-certified, imported from Bologna, and crumbled soy gives the sauce its meaty texture, said Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  The sauce, which was introduced to the specialty food market in 2011, combines organic tomatoes, onion, carrots, celery, and extra virgin olive oil with the ground-beef-like soy crumbles for the authentic taste of a traditional Bolognese sauce, Lapiana-Krause said. 

               La Piana Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce is packaged in 19.4-ounce jars with a suggested retail price of $9.49.  More information is available at www.ItalianFoods.com or 1-888-516-7262.

 
Gluten Free Cake mixes

ITALIAN FOODS INTRODUCES GLUTEN-FREE CAKE MIXES

Hazelnut and almond cake mixes are imported from Tuscany.

Each is easy to make with a few added ingredients.

Italian Foods Corporation is introducing easy-to-prepare, gluten-free mixes for two classic Italian cakes at the NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show Jan. 15-17 in Booth 3421. 

The all natural LaPiana© Hazelnut Cake Mix and LaPiana Almond Cake Mix bake up moist and delicious with the addition of a few simple ingredients, according to Francesca Lapiana Krause, sales director. 

Made respectively from toasted hazelnut and almond nut flours, the mixes are packaged in clear cellophane, which showcases the quality of the all-natural ingredients.  Packages are topped with a colorful header with an artist’s sketch of a hazelnut branch and an almond branch making an attractive shelf display, Lapiana Krause said. 

“We taste-tested these mixes at previous Fancy Food Shows, and people really like them,” she said.  “The cakes are very flavorful and dense, but still light and not overly sweet.  They make a perfect mid-morning bite with coffee or a lovely end to any meal, and they are so easy to make.”

The 10-ounce cake mixes have a suggested retail price of $8.99.  More information is available at www.ItalianFoods.com or 1-888-516-7262.

 
Stuffed Pasta New Distribution

ITALIAN FOODS SHELF STABLE STUFFED PASTAS

GAIN SHELF SPACE AT THE FRESH MARKET,

WOODMAN’S FOODS AND HEINEN’S OUTLETS

 

            RALEIGH, N.C., (release date) – Italian Foods Corporation’s La Piana® stuffed pastas now are on the shelves at The Fresh Market, Woodman’s Foods and Heinen’s stores.  Distribution is being handled by Hadden House of Medford, N.J., Certco, Inc., of Madison, Wis., and Leo Dick & Sons of Canton, Ohio, respectively.

            The artisanal stuffed pastas are made near Milan, Italy by a family-owned business that has been making stuffed pastas for three generations, said Francesca Lapiana Krause, sales director.  The line of seven stuffed pastas is shelf stable for 18 months and available in 1-pound boxes with suggested retail prices from $6.29 to $6.99.

            The Fresh Market now is carrying La Piana Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto and La Piana Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano.  Woodman’s Foods, with 15 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin, has added the Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto Filling, Tortellini with Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper, Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola, Ravioli with Squash, and Ravioli with Pecorino and Potato.  Heinen’s 17 Northeast Ohio locations are carrying all seven stuffed pastas along with three La Piana artisan egg pastas: tagliatelle, pappardelle and fettucine.  The egg pastas have a suggested retail price of $6.49.

 
H-E-B & Central Market

ITALIAN FOODS’ SHELF STABLE STUFFED PASTAS

NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH CENTRAL MARKET AND H-E-B

The LaPiana brand pastas are shelf stable for 15 months

 and come in a selection of shapes and fillings.

                                                                                                                                        

                RALEIGH, N.C., June 2011 – Italian Foods Corporation’s shelf stable imported stuffed pastas now are available in Texas through Central Market and H-E-B stores.  Distribution is being handled by Kehe Distributors of Romeoville, Ill.

                The stores are carrying four of the LaPiana® brand stuffed pastas including Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano, Mezzaluna with Pesto, Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola and Ravioli with Squash, according to Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.

            LaPiana stuffed pastas are shelf stable for 15-months and available in 1-pound boxes with a suggested retail price of $5.99 to $6.49.  Other stuffed pastas include Ravioli with Pecorino & Potato, Tortellini with Cheese and Tortellini with Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper.

                More information is available at www.ItalianFoods.com or 1-888-516-7262.

About Italian Foods Corporation:

                Italian Foods Corporation imports traditional regional delicacies from across Italy for American home cooks.   Italian Foods’ gourmet products include aged balsamic vinegars from Modena, fruit infused balsamic vinegar, shelf stable stuffed pastas, authentic regional pasta sauces, die-cut artisan egg pasta, rice, grilled Italian vegetables, spreads and bruschetta toppings.  Products are available through Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, The Fresh Market, Central Market and Hiller’s Market as well as hundreds of specialty stores nationwide.  Established in 2001 as the North American distribution arm of Alimentitalia of Trento, Italy, Italian Foods’ U.S. headquarters is at 7330 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 102, Raleigh, N.C., 27607.   More information and products are available through the company’s web site, www.ItalianFoods.com, or by calling 1-888-516-7262.

 
Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce

ITALIAN FOODS INTRODUCES NEW ORGANIC, VEGETARIAN

BOLOGNESE PASTA SAUCE IMPORTED FROM BOLOGNA

The sauce is USDA-certified organic and substitutes soy crumbles

for beef while retaining the dish’s traditional taste and texture.

                                                                                                                                        

            RALEIGH, N.C., April 27, 2011 – Consumers who crave an authentic, meaty Bolognese sauce, without the actual meat, now can have a healthier organic, vegetarian version of the classic dish.  Italian Foods Corporation is introducing its new LaPiana® Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce for the 2011 Summer Fancy Food Show in July.

            The new vegetarian sauce is USDA-certified organic and is made in Bologna, Italy, with a traditional recipe and methods, substituting the beef with soy, according to Francesca Lapiana-Krause, sales director.  “We have wanted to introduce an organic, vegetarian Bolognese sauce for a long time,” Lapiana-Krause said, “and now we finally have found one that retains the authentic flavor of the traditional sauce.  It is so delicious you wouldn’t know it does not have meat in it.”

            The new sauce combines organic tomatoes, onion, carrots, celery and extra virgin olive oil with ground-beef-like crumbles of soy to give the sauce its traditional meaty texture.  It may be served over pasta and rice or as a meat sauce for lasagna.  The sauce also may be used as a condiment in sandwiches and for dipping with crusty bread.

            LaPiana Vegetarian Bolognese Pasta Sauce is packaged in 19.4-ounce jars with a suggested retail price of $9.49.  More information is available at www.ItalianFoods.com or 1-888-516-7262.

 
Stuffed Pasta in Market District Stores

ITALIAN FOODS IMPORTED SHELF STABLE STUFFED PASTAS

NOW AVAILABLE IN GIANT EAGLE’S MARKET DISTRICT STORES

 

            RALEIGH, N.C., March 2011 – Italian Foods Corporation’s Lapiana® stuffed pastas now are available through Giant Eagle’s European open-air-market-themed Market District stores.  Distribution is being handled by Wythe Will of Toano, Va.

            Market District locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania are carrying five LaPiana stuffed pastas, Tortellini with Sundried Tomato & Oregano, Tortellini with Cheese, Tortellini with Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper, Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola and Ravioli with Pecorino and Potato.

            The pastas are produced by a family-owned business near Milan, Italy, that has been making stuffed pastas for three generations, said Francesca Lapiana Krause, sales director.  The line of seven stuffed pastas are shelf stable for 15 months and available in 1-pound boxes with suggested retail prices from $5.99 to $6.49.

 
New Rice Packaging

Italian Foods Corporation is introducing two of its La Piana® vacuum-packed rices with the company’s updated packaging at the NASFT 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show.  The new packaging may be seen at Booth No. 3308.

            La Piana Superfino Arborio and Carnaroli rice now will be packaged with the company’s new logo reflective of the Mediterranean sun, said Francesca Lapiana Krause, sales director for Italian Foods Corporation.

            The Superfino Arborio is a medium grain rice from Lombardia in Northern Italy, and the Carnaroli rice has a short, plump grain and is sourced from the Piedmont region.  “Our new packaging has a sophisticated and elegant look,” Lapiana Krause said.  “It has an updated feel and looks more attractive on the shelf.

            Both types of rice have high starch levels that produce the distinctive fine creamy consistency in classic Northern Italian risotto dishes, she said.  Both also are good in rice salads and side dishes.  “We recommend the Arborio rice for sweet desserts and suggest pairing the Carnaroli with mushrooms, saffron, seafood and vegetables,” she added.

            The rice is available vacuum-packed in 1-pound boxes.  The Superfino Arborio and Carnaroli rice have suggested retail prices of $3.49 and $4.29 respectively.

            More information is available online at www.ItalianFoods.com or by calling 1-888-516-7262.

About Italian Foods Corporation:

            Italian Foods Corporation imports traditional regional delicacies from across Italy for American home cooks.   Italian Foods’ gourmet products include aged balsamic vinegars from Modena, fruit infused balsamic vinegar, shelf stable stuffed pastas, authentic regional pasta sauces, die-cut artisan egg pasta, rice, grilled Italian vegetables, spreads and bruschetta toppings.  Products are available through Whole Foods, Dean & Deluca, The Fresh Market, Central Market and Hiller’s Market as well as hundreds of specialty stores nationwide.  Established in 2001 as the North American distribution arm of Alimentitalia of Trento, Italy, Italian Foods’ U.S. headquarters is at 7330 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 102, Raleigh, N.C., 27607.   More information and products are available through the company’s web site, www.ItalianFoods.com, or by calling 1-888-516-7262.
 
New Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta

 NEW LAPIANA TOMATO & GARLIC BRUSCHETTA EXPANDS LINE OF AUTHENTIC ITALIAN TOPPINGS

 

            RALEIGH, N.C., December 2010 – Italian Foods Corporation is expanding its line of easy Northern Italian style appetizers with the new La Piana® Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta.  The new bruschetta topping is being introduced at the NASFT 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show, Booth No. 3308.

            Produced in the Liguria region of Northern Italy, filled with fresh tomatoes and flavored with fresh garlic, extra virgin olive oil, basil and a splash of wine vinegar, the Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta is the most traditional of the toppings typically served atop grilled bread, according to Francesca Lapiana Krause, sales director for Italian Foods Corporation.

            “This bruschetta topping shows that the simplest of ingredients can create the most delicious dishes,” Lapiana Krause said.  “This is so characteristic of authentic Italian cuisine and is exactly the kind of culinary experience we want to bring to American home cooks.”

            The La Piana bruschetta topping line also includes Artichoke & Mushroom Bruschetta and Green & Black Olive Bruschetta.  They are available in 10-ounce jars at a suggested retail price of $6.99.

 
Kehe adds Italian Foods pastas

Italian Foods Corporation’s shelf-stable LaPiana® stuffed pastas now are available through KeHE Distributors of Romeoville, Ill.

KeHE is carrying the full line of seven stuffed pastas, which are shelf stable for 15 months and available in 1-pound boxes with suggested retail prices from $5.99 to $6.49.

The LaPiana line includes Ravioli with Squash, Mezzaluna with Gorgonzola, Ravioli with Pecorino and Potato, Tortellini with Cheese, Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto, Tortellini with Eggplant, Zucchini and Bell Pepper, and Tortellini with Sundried Tomato and Oregano, according to Elena Lapiana, Italian Foods general manager.

 
Le Gourmet Chef and Earth Fare

LE GOURMET CHEF AND EARTH FARE ADD ITALIAN FOODS PRODUCTS

RALEIGH, N.C., September 2010 – Italian Foods Corporation’s regional Italian delicacies now are available through Le Gourmet Chef retail outlets and Earth Fare natural foods grocer.  Distribution is being handled by Wythe Will Distributing of Toano, Va.

            Le Gourmet Chef’s 77 outlets now will carry three LaPiana® shelf-stable stuffed pastas, which include Ravioli with Squash, Tortellini with Cheese and Mezzaluna with Basil Pesto as well as the LaPiana Potato Gnocchi, according to Elena Lapiana, Italian Foods general manager.

            Select Earth Fare stores will carry the new LaPiana Grilled Cipolline Onions, Green & Black Olive Bruschetta, Artichoke & Mushroom Bruschetta and La Campofilone artisan egg pastas, including Squid Ink Linguine, Chili Pepper Fettuccine, Sage Fettuccine and Spinach Fettuccine, Lapiana said.

            LaPiana stuffed pastas are shelf stable for 15-months and available in 1-pound boxes with a suggested retail price of $5.99 to $6.49.  LaPiana grilled vegetables are packaged in 10-ounce jars with suggested retail prices from $6.99 to $7.49.  The 10-ounce bruschetta toppings have a suggested retail price of $6.99.  Italian Foods La Campofilone 8.8-ounce egg pastas and the 17.6-ounce gnocchi are $7.29 and $3.49 respectively.

 

 
Romantca Balsamic Vinegar

RALEIGH, N.C., July 13, 2010 – Italian Foods Corporation has reintroduced its highest-density LaPiana® Romantica Gran Riserva Balsamic Vinegar with eye-catching red labeling that is in compliance with new European Union requirements for aged balsamic vinegars. 

            The Romantica balsamic, from the Modena region renowned for its balsamic vinegars, is the highest quality level of Italian Food’s line of LaPiana balsamic vinegars, according to Elena Lapiana, Italian Foods’ general manager.  It has a density of 1.32 and a sugar level of 750 grams per liter.

            “The new labeling was designed to be a dazzling metallic red against a black bottle,” Lapiana said.  “A red heart on the label is a symbol of the name, Romantica, which evokes this balsamic vinegar’s sensuous, syrupy feel and decadent sweetness.  It is so good you will fall in love with it.”

            The 8.4 ounce bottles have a suggested retail price of $33. 

 
New Grilled Cipolline Onion

Italian Foods Corporation is expanding its line of traditionally-prepared grilled Italian vegetables with its new La Piana® Grilled Cipolline Onions.  The grilled onions are being introduced at the NASFT 2010 Summer Fancy Food Show, Booth No. 2241.

The distinctively-shaped Italian pearl onions’ natural semi-sweet flavor is intensified by grilling and then lightly flavored with spirit vinegar, garlic, parsley and chili pepper, according to Elena Lapiana, general manager of Italian Foods Corporation.

La Piana Grilled Cipolline Onions are imported from Northern Italy.  The small, flat cipolline borettane onions, with their sweet and delicate flavor, can be used for antipasti right from the jar or drizzled with balsamic vinegar for an appetizer or side dish.  They also may be added to soups and casseroles, served on sandwiches, in salads and as a pizza topping. 

La Piana Italian-style grilled vegetables, which are packed in extra virgin olive oil at the peak of their flavor, also include La Piana Grilled Eggplant, La Piana Grilled Bell Peppers and La Piana Grilled Sundried Tomatoes.  They are available in 10-ounce jars at a suggested retail price of $7.49.

 
Improved Quality Balsamic Vinegar

Italian Foods Corporation has increased the density levels of its line of La Piana® aged balsamic vinegars from the Modena region and is introducing the higher quality vinegars with new labeling at the NASFT 2010 Summer Fancy Food Show, Booth 2241.

In compliance with European Union requirements, which no longer allow labels to indicate how many years of aging, Italian Foods’ new labeling with gold, silver and bronze is designed to help consumers differentiate the qualities of the vinegars, said Elena Lapiana, Italian Foods’ general manager.  “Now, only the word ‘aged’ may appear on the label as long as the balsamic has been aged in wood for at least three years,” Lapiana said.  “Our vinegars always have been produced in accordance with the requirements of the Protected Geographical Indication law and well above the minimum requirements.  With this new line, we have increased their quality levels even more.”

The new balsamic vinegars replace Italian Foods’ original line of 5-, 10- and 20-year balsamics.

Compared with the original balsamic vinegar line, La Piana® Bronze Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena now has a density of 1.18 compared with 1.145 and a sugar level of 400-430 grams per liter versus 350 grams.  The Silver balsamic increases density from 1.18 to 1.25 with sugar at 540-570 grams compared with 400-430 grams.  The Gold balsamic has a density of 1.32 versus 1.30 and sugar has increased to 750 grams from 650 grams.  Densities are measured as the ratio between the weight of 1 liter of the balsamic vinegar and 1 liter of water.  The longer the vinegar ages in wooden casks or barrels, the more aromatic, flavorful and syrupy it becomes, Lapiana said.

The vinegars are imported from the Modena region of Italy and made from the juice of Trebbiano grapes grown in the region.  These produce a rich, sweet and pleasantly acidic balsamic vinegar with intense, but well rounded, flavor, Lapiana said.  Suggested retail prices of the vinegars, which come in 8.4-ounce decorative bottles, are $9.99 for the Bronze, $18.99 for the Silver and $26.99 for the Gold.

“The Bronze vinegar is perfect for everyday use and is great for vegetables and vinaigrettes.  The Silver quality vinegar is sweet and tangy with a note of cooked grape must and goes great with cooked beef, fish and vegetables,” Lapiana said.  “The Gold balsamic is velvety with a balanced sweet and sour taste.  It is perfect as a finishing drizzle for Parmigiano Reggiano or fresh ricotta cheese, strawberries and ice cream.  It even makes a delicious after dinner drink.”

 
La Piana Pasta Sauces

ITALIAN FOODS INTRODUCES THREE NEW PASTA SAUCES

The all natural sauces are available six-unit cases and packaged in smaller 17.6 ounce jars for couples and small families.

OAKLAND, Calif., October 2009 -- Italian Foods Corporation is introducing three traditional regional pasta sauces in a new smaller size jar designed to appeal to smaller families. The imported sauces will be available in the United States Oct. 19 and include La Piana® Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce, La Piana® Tomato & Olive Pasta Sauce and La Piana® Tomato & Vegetable Pasta Sauce, according to Elena Lapiana, general manager of Italian Foods Corporation. The all natural, preservative-free sauces are available in six-unit cases, and the 17.6-ounce jars have a suggested retail price of $6.49. The jars, with colorful labels decorated with artwork depicting the contents, are packaged for shipment in sturdy plastic sleeves that hold them snugly and packed in cartons to reduce breakage, Lapiana said. “We believe the six-unit cases will allow more flexibility for distributors and retailers to manage inventory,” she added. The tomato basil sauce is based on a simple, traditional recipe from the Naples region, which combines ripe tomatoes with fresh basil. The tomato and olive sauce is originally from the Liguria region and combines chunky diced tomatoes with green and black olives and is enriched with extra virgin olive oil. The Tuscan-style tomato and vegetable sauce is packed with eggplant, zucchini, red bell peppers, peas and artichokes. “These sauces are delicious and taste like they are homemade,” Lapiana said. “We decided to use a jar that is smaller than our large 26-ounce pasta sauces in order to address the needs of single people, couples or those with a small family who want a gourmet sauce without a lot of leftovers.”

 
35th Winter Fancy Food Show

Italian Foods Corp. & Alimentitalia will be presenting their entire line of Italian foods at the 35th Winter Fancy Food Show - January 17-19 2010 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco! Be sure to stop by our booth #3613 to enjoy

 
Pasta Express

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT OUR WEB-STORE!!! Have you heard? Italian Food Corp's Pasta Express is now available online for your product purchasing convenience! It just takes one look, one click, and finally shipped to your destination. This innovative, one-of-a-kind, microwavable pasta and sauce meal from Italy is ready to eat in just 4 minutes.  Authentic Italian pasta and sauce meal. Microwave and ready to eat in just 4 minutes. Made in Italy -- All Natural, Convenient, restaurant-quality meal solution.