Seattle-Based Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods Announces Retail Packaging Update and Expanded Distribution

SEATTLE, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods, a leading producer of natural gourmet foods for retail and foodservice, today announced it has updated its retail packaging for all fresh pasta offerings. In addition, the company is excited to announce recent retail wins in Texas, Northern California and Arizona states, to name a few.

Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods is upgrading its retail tray format for all fresh pasta offerings to improve footprint by using less plastic by weight and increase shelf life by upwards of 20 percent. The company is achieving this through an upgraded packaging machine, and the new design will be in retail coolers by the end of the year.

Cucina Fresca products are now available in more than 1,000 grocery stores, specialty shops and foodservice channels throughout North America. Recent retail wins include Central Markets and Rice Epicurean in Texas, and increased placement in Bristol Farms in Northern California and AJ's Foods in Arizona. In addition, the company's Marinara, Smoked Tomato and Tomato Vodka shelf-stable sauces are now available in more than 70 Safeway grocery stores in Alaska, Washington and Oregon states.

The company has also forged strategic partnerships with regional natural foods distributors to further its brand awareness and reach. Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods is now partnering with Co-op Partners in the upper Midwest, as well as Jane Fine Foods in British Columbia and US Foods, a national broadliner. Notably, the company has experienced a 62% sales growth over the past five years and attributes a notable portion of its success to a focus on expanding specialty distributors serving the natural and gourmet foods markets.

About Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods

With roots as a mom-and-pop shop in Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods is today a leading producer of natural, delicious prepared foods for retail and foodservice. Its products – including popular fresh pastas and sauces, and frozen "lazy" lasagnas and macaroni and cheese entrées – are all handcrafted in small batches from only the freshest, highest quality ingredients to ensure the most delicious experience. Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods is sold throughout grocery stores, specialty shops and restaurants in North America. For more information and recipes, visit www.cucinafresca.com.  

SOURCE Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods



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