Preferred Tomato Brand Seeks Nation's Most Innovative Cooks

Dei Fratelli's Sixth Annual Ripened Recipe Contest Encourages Cooks to Submit Recipes

Oct 17, 2013, 12:15 ET from Dei Fratelli

TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dei Fratelli, a preferred tomato brand sold throughout the United States, announces its Sixth Annual Ripened Recipe Contest as a way to celebrate National Tomato Month with consumers. This national cooking competition will take place from October 1 through November 15. Home chefs are encouraged to create an original recipe using at least one Dei Fratelli tomato product, including the new Dei Fratelli Truly™ Tomatoes launched earlier this summer.

The Sixth Annual Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe campaign is being held to not only celebrate National Tomato Month this October, but also to inspire a healthy curiosity among consumers for new ways to enjoy canned tomatoes. Tomato enthusiasts are encouraged to get creative and submit an original recipe using any Dei Fratelli products. Individuals may enter online at, at, on or via U.S. Mail.

"Each year, the Ripened Recipe contest brings in so many delicious and inspiring tomato dishes," says Steve Hirzel, President of Hirzel Canning Company & Farms. "At-Home Chefs across the country continue to amaze us each year with their creativity and innovation of flavor."

The top 11 recipes will be judged based on flavor, appeal and creativity. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 VISA gift card, free Dei Fratelli products for a year, their recipe shared on the Dei Fratelli website, E-newsletter and social media pages, along with a YouTube video showcasing how to make the recipe for viewers. In addition, five runners up will be chosen to receive free Dei Fratelli product for a year and five honorable mention winners will be chosen to receive one month of free Dei Fratelli product and a Dei Fratelli home chef apron. All winners will be announced on December 15.

About Dei Fratelli
Dei Fratelli is manufactured by Hirzel Canning Company & Farms in Toledo, Ohio. A fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company founded in 1923, Hirzel Canning Company & Farms produces canned tomatoes, tomato products and sauerkraut in three processing locations. The company owns extensive greenhouses and farms in northwest Ohio.

SOURCE Dei Fratelli