Liguria Foods Hires Southeastern Business Development Manager

Humboldt, IA – September 20, 2017 – Liguria Foods, the country’s premier pepperoni and dried sausage manufacturer, is pleased to announce the addition of Kathy Gilde to the staff. Kathy will cover the Southeastern U.S. as the Business Development Manager.

“We’re thrilled to have Kathy on our sales team at Liguria Foods. She will be an integral part of our next stage growth.  Kathy will be based in the Southeast but also has a host of national account skills that we will leverage,” said Mark Majewski, Liguria’s Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Kathy has spent more than 25 years in foodservice sales, most recently in the international arena for Cheney Brothers. “I am looking forward to bringing all my experience and long-time relationships with national accounts. In addition, I pride myself in my ability to open up new accounts,” Kathy said.

Kathy began her sales career at Hillshire Farms, where she increased her sales territory five-fold. She was promoted to the Sara Lee Meat Group where she worked closely with R&D department to develop new products. Her next position was as the Regional Sales manager at Stockpot and Campbell’s where she focused on developing private label product sales.

Kathy also held national account sales manager positions at Culinary Standards, HIghliner Foods, CMI Food Solutions and Unilever, where she worked closely with corporate chefs and R&D to develop new product innovations. Her most recent position at Cheney Brothers was in international export sales, where she worked with customers in more than 100 countries.

Liguria Foods is thrilled to have Kathy and hope current and new customers enjoy her solutions-oriented selling approach.

For more information, contact Liguria Foods at www.liguriafoods.com.

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Liguria Foods, Inc. provides premium quality dry sausage toppings, including what many consider to be the market’s best-tasting pepperoni. Since its founding in 1974, Liguria Foods has been dedicated to the foundation of recipe formulation. The classic recipe combines distinctive spices, enticing color, and a consistent blend of meats, providing customers with the same performance and flavor every day. The dedicated production process merges the best modern technology with traditional touches like a redwood drying room, resulting in consistently delicious products. For 40 years, Liguria Foods has provided pizza lovers with enjoyable, memorable dining experiences, sharing a passion for the best-tasting pepperoni and Italian meat products. 

At Liguria, we produce high quality pepperoni that makes every pizza taste better.

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Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day!!

National Pepperoni Pizza Day is September 20. These pizza shops entice followers with mouth-watering pepperoni pizzas on Instagram. Show us your best shot, tag #nationalpepperonipizzaday and #pizzatoday on Instagram (IG).

Detroit Named Best City for Pizza

This story originally appeared in PMQ Magazine – click here to read the entire story.

And the No. 1 city for American pizza fans is … no, not New York. Nope, it’s not Chicago, either. Hey, don’t give us that dirty look—we just report the news here, folks.

According to SmartAsset, which crunched data on pizza-related metrics from 150 of the country’s largest cities, Detroit is the best city in the U.S. for pizza lovers, with Chicago barely even cracking the top 50. Yes, you read that right—Chicago came in at No. 43, while New York finished in third place, behind Buffalo.

SmartAsset, a New York-based company specializing in personal finance technology, analyzed data from 150 of the largest American cities, focusing on total number of pizza restaurants; average quality of pizza restaurants; the percentage of highly rated pizza restaurants; the number of pizza restaurants per 10,000 residents; and the local cost of living.

The study pinpointed Detroit—known for its square, deep-dish, crispy-crust style of pizza—as the “pizza capital of the U.S.” The city, home to the legendary Buddy’s Rendezvous, where Detroit-style pizza originated, boasts around 1,050 pizza shops and 15.5 places for every 10,000 residents. “In terms of quality, Detroit also scores well,” the SmartAsset report states. “The average pizza place in Detroit has a Yelp rating of 3.42. However, if you are a true pizza connoisseur and you’re only visiting Detroit for a brief time, you may want to do some research ahead of time. Only 11% of pizza places here have an average rating above 4.4, meaning popping into just any place may leave you disappointed.”

The Rise of Specialty Pizza

Of all the cooking tricks we love, there is nothing like the sight of a Pizzaiolo tossing a ring of unmade pizza dough high in the air with all the agility of a circus juggler. The pizza maker then adds some tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni or sausage and place it in the oven.  Today, that Pizzaiolo is as much a gourmet chef as he is a simple pie maker, catering to more educated and adventurous customers.

The world of pizza has changed. Already among the top foods we eat regularly, pizza has expanded its audience by becoming gourmet and healthy. The emphasis is on top quality ingredients and innovation – urged on by a move into more upscale serving environments.

The trend is spurred on by the burgeoning number of food television shows, celebrity chefs, as well as the desire to cater to an elite group of adventurous diners, health-conscious eaters and those looking to expand their pizza experience. (more…)

Liguria Foods Hires Upper Midwest Regional Manager

Liguria Foods, the country’s premier pepperoni and dried sausage manufacturer, is pleased to announce the addition of Pete Hahn to the staff. Pete will cover the Upper Midwest region as the Regional Manager.

Pete began his selling career in 1994 and has successfully sold for multiple companies in the food industry. His career has spanned sales for dairy proteins, specialty ingredients, frozen prepared foods, soups, sauces and pizza.

Peter has sold in the retail, industrial ingredient and foodservice arenas. He is happy to return to foodservice in his role at Liguria Foods. “Foodservice operators are entrepreneurs, I enjoy working closely with them as I can help make a one-to-one difference for a person that is building their own business. Ingredients sales are interesting and technical, but at the end of the day, I’m selling function and food cost, pizza operators are creating art and business success.”

Pete has a BS in Geology and an MBA in Marketing. He earned both degrees at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Peter was a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Marine Corps where he earned the rank of Captain during a seven-year active duty career.

“The response from customers has been very positive,” said Mark Majewski, Liguria’s General Manager.  “Selling premium products requires knowledge and passion. Pete is passionate about our business and loves to get in front of customers and teach them how to make more money by investing a little more in quality and earning the opportunity to sell for higher prices as a result.”

Pete enjoys hunting, fishing and boating. He has one son, who is 19 years old. Liguria Foods is thrilled to have Pete and hope both old and new customers enjoy his positive attitude.

For more information, contact Liguria Foods at www.liguriafoods.com.

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Liguria Foods, Inc. provides premium quality dry sausage toppings, including what many consider to be the market’s best-tasting pepperoni. Since its founding in 1974, Liguria Foods has been dedicated to the foundation of recipe formulation. The classic recipe combines distinctive spices, enticing color, and a consistent blend of meats, providing customers with the same performance and flavor every day. The dedicated production process merges the best modern technology with traditional touches like a redwood drying room, resulting in consistently delicious products. For 40 years, Liguria Foods has provided pizza lovers with enjoyable, memorable dining experiences, sharing a passion for the best-tasting pepperoni and Italian meat products.

At Liguria, we produce high quality pepperoni that makes every pizza taste better.

 

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