Rastelli Foods Group spent last week cleaning up after severe thunderstorms and reported tornadoes ripped through the Southern New Jersey area. With power outages and a limited staff, the Rastelli team managed to keep on schedule and maintain the integrity of their products, most of which are cut, processed and housed in the newly expanded plant. With power returning on Thursday afternoon, Rastelli employees worked over time to make sure that customers had everything they needed for the days ahead.
The silver lining to a particularly tough week came Friday when The National Provisioner announced Rastelli Foods as a 2015 Nominee for Plant of the Year. Rastelli joins nine other nominees for the first annual poll and hopes to garner votes from clients, vendor partners, family and friends. “We started as a word-of-mouth, family company and we still value the support of our customers and friends to this day. It is pretty stiff competition and we aren’t the biggest company on the list, but we operate on a large scale,” said Ray Rastelli, president of Rastelli Foods Group.
Ray Rastelli hopes that the company’s dedication to food safety and product innovation will win the honor. Rastelli Foods is a technology driven FDA, USDA, HACCP and FoodChek certified facility that includes ozonated water systems, compartmentalized protein chambers, advanced foodborne illness testing and constant QA supervision. The plant also houses sales, marketing and R&D teams made up of chefs, culinarians and foodies.
“We strive to match technological advances with innovation in the Test Kitchen. We have a rounded approach to our plant and our products that equates food safety with quality and taste,” added Carl Zerr, Director of International Food Safety ; Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for Rastelli Foods Group.
Most likely it is that approach that led to the company’s nomination. Voting for 2015 Plant of the Year is open until July 31, 2015.