Rosina Food Products, Inc. has completed a multi-million-dollar expansion at its operations in Cheektowaga and West Seneca, New York. The company manufactures Italian specialty frozen foods including pre-cooked meatballs, Italian sausages, filled pasta, eggplant items, entrees, and pizza toppings.
The $22.7 million project included a new Customer Focus Center, the addition of new manufacturing lines, updated machinery and renovations at the facility where Rosina frozen foods are produced.
The expansion project, which began in 2014, allows the company to increase its pasta production capacity by 10 million pounds annually and increase packaging capacity of protein items by 5 million pounds, while maintaining the highest level of food safety and quality.
Additionally, facility and equipment upgrades at both plants resulted in Rosina obtaining British Retail Consortium certification, a global food safety initiative, which greatly increased its ability to remain competitive and retain current and future larger-scale customers.
The new $2.4 million Customer Focus Center includes a research and development kitchen and production kitchen, state-of-the-art conference facilities and office space. The 10,000-square foot building allows Rosina to showcase its capabilities for customers and allows them to collaborate with their culinary, marketing and data insights team to develop new products specifically for their needs.
New York supported the expansion project in two phases, including a $1.5 million grant and another $4 million grant through Empire State Development. The grants supported construction, renovations and the purchase of machinery and equipment.
Russell Corigliano, Rosina Food Products, Inc. President & CEO said, "This is an exciting day for Rosina Food Products, Inc. as we continue our journey in developing and delivering on trend authentic, wholesome and delicious specialty Italian food products for the trade. By housing our R&D, Culinary, Marketing and Data insights team along with our supply and logistics team under one roof, we increase speed and deliver on our objective of exceeding our customers' expectations.”
Frank Corigliano, Rosina Food Products, Inc. Executive Vice President said, "Our family has always concentrated on making the finest specialty Italian foods right here in Buffalo, and now for the first time we can invite our trade partners from around the world to our new Customer Focus Center to experience the Rosina Difference for themselves.”
"Anyone who grew up in Western New York knows how important Rosina is to our culinary landscape," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As one of our largest manufacturing employers in Erie County, Rosina's expansion is yet another sign of good news for Western New York. Businesses like Rosina know that New York is a great place to do business and invest in the future. We are proud to partner with Rosina on this job creation initiative to support their continued success."