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Victoria Fine Foods >d DISTRIBUTORS Secret of the Sauce Pasta sauce maker Victoria Fine Foods continues to grow and expand in Brooklyn, 80 years after its founding. By Marta Jiménez-Lutter company profile Victoria Fine Foods Headquarters: Brooklyn, N.Y. Employees: 200 Specialty: Italian fine foods Gerald “Jerry” Aquilina, CEO: “When people think of Victoria, they think of quality.” G Victoria’s Fine Foods says the quality of its ingredients is one of the biggest components of its success. erald “Jerry” Aquilina knows what separates a great pasta sauce from other brands. “It’s not a secret – it’s the ingredients,” he says without hesitation. “We only use fresh ingredients in our sauces.” Jerry, grandson of the founder of Victoria Fine Foods, took over the role of CEO in early 2011. Also leading the company in an invigorated new direction is food industry veteran Brian Dean, serving as the company’s president. The fact is, when you go down the list of ingredients of any of Victoria’s pasta sauces, the first ingredient is Italian tomatoes, not tomato paste. The sauces’ compositions differ from the competition in their freshness – fresh onions, fresh garlic, fresh basil and pure olive oil. No dehydrated ingredients, fillers, hydrogenated oils or corn syrup are ever added to any of their sauces. Victoria Fine Foods was built on a platform of excellence and has not deviated from its mission since its founder, Pellegrino Aquilina, sold his wife’s home-cooked products from the back of a truck in 1923. “We are a quality driven company,” Aquilina says. “When people think of Victoria, that’s what comes to mind.” << food & drink • fall/winter 2012 • 63

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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012
Tableside Chat
NYC Wine & Food Festival
Going Global
Beverage Focus
Caribou Coffee
Scooter’s Coffee & Yogurt
Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen
Distributors: Food Law
Progressive Gourmet
Rocky Mountain Natural Meats
Seattle Fish Company of New Mexico
Blue Mountain Growers
Dandrea Produce and Wines
Dorr Lobster
Gary’s Seafood and Specialties
Pohl Food Service Inc.
Supply America
Victoria Fine Foods
Bernatello’s Pizza Inc.
Best Mexican Foods
C.F. Gollott & Son
Clipper Seafoods Ltd.
Mountain Foods Products
Siedhoff Distributing
Sterling Pacific Meat
Producers: Business Strategies
Carib Brewery
Heroes Vodka
Mountain Pure Beverage Co.
Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co.
Family Fresh Pack
Haring Catfish Enterprises
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Demerara Distillers
Walker & Sons Inc. – Slap Ya Mama
DRY Soda Co.
Good Time Beverages
Greencore USA
Jaindl Turkey Farms
McCall Farms
Nuovo Pasta Productions
Brewery Ommegang
R.L. Schreiber
Venus Wafers Inc.
Casper’s Ice Cream
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Extreme Pizza
Buffalo Wings & Rings
Fatburger North America Inc.
Famous Famiglia
Francesca’s Restaurants Inc.
Aurelio’s Pizza
Yoshinoya America
Crepe Delicious
FREEB!RDS World Burrito
Razzoo’s Cajun Café
Independent Restaurants
Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant
The Alicart Restaurant Group
The Optimist
The Olive Tree Italian Restaurant
The Epicurean Group
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Retailers: Shopper Marketing
Weigel’s Inc.
Royal Buying Group
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Food and Drink - Fall/Winter 2012