Where We Have Been

1977
The Meat Stop
Where We've Been

At age 19, Ray Rastelli was a husband and father worried about making the rent. In a moment of blind courage and youthful optimism, he rented a tiny storefront in his hometown and gave the area the only thing they didn’t have, a good place to buy premium meats. He called the new business “The Meat Stop”. Ray carefully studied the product and service needs of his customers. As a result, The Meat Stop expanded and Ray’s brother, Tony Rastelli came to work with him. Together, they opened a second location and continued to sell premium meats to customers, including local area restaurants.

1990
Eight Locations
Ray and Tony Rastelli

Business continued to boom and by 1990, Ray and Tony grew their family business into eight stores throughout New Jersey. As the Rastelli reputation of superior quality foods began to spread, so did the need for a strong distribution system.

2001
National Growth
Vertical Integration

In 1995, Rastelli Foods partnered with US Food Service and began national hotel and restaurant distribution. To respond to the rapid expansion, Rastelli Foods opened a 9,000 square foot USDA-Certified processing facility.

2003
Global Distribution
Rastelli Global

Rastelli Foods began exporting food to U.S. military installations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in 2002. As a primary food provider for the U.S. troops and global food distributor in the Middle East, Rastelli became the largest exporter of well-known U.S. food and beverage brands. In 2003, Rastelli expanded to a 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art processing plant in Swedesboro, NJ.

2005
Conquering the Sea
Salmon

In 2005, Rastelli Foods purchased a 110,000 square foot building in Swedesboro, NJ and relocated distribution to U.S. Military Prime Vendors to the facility. The next year, Rastelli Foods became the largest provider of foods and beverages to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. That same year, Rastelli Foods acquired Black Tiger Seafood and began operations of Rastelli Seafood in Egg Harbor, NJ; doubling sales volume in the first year of operations.

2007
High Quality Beef
High Quality Beef Steaks

In 2007, Rastelli Foods began selling DNA tested beef through “Premium Gold” select cattle ranchers. DNA tested beef is the highest quality and far superior to Certified Angus Beef.

2010
Rastelli Direct

2008 marked the launch of Rastelli At Home, a direct to consumer food delivery service. The online ordering system allows consumers to purchase restaurant quality food at home. In January 2010, the official launch of Rastelli Direct became the next generation of Rastelli At Home; offering a premiere “food-based” network marketing opportunity for home business partners, now known as Rastelli Market Fresh.

Highlights:

  • International Supplier Partner of the Year (TGI Fridays)
  • Rastelli Market Fresh (Deptford) opens; Replaces original Meat Stop location
2011
Executives of the Year
Ray and Tony Rastelli

In 2011 SJ Biz Magazine named Ray & Tony Rastelli the Executives of the Year.

2012
Outstanding New Supplier

In 2012 Rastelli was named Outstanding New Supplier (Ruby Tuesdays)

2014
New Location
Rastelli Market Fresh, Marlton, NJ

2014 was a prosperous year. Rastelli Market Fresh opens its Marlton, NJ location and Rastelli Foods underwent a 50,000 sq. ft expansion.

2015
National Provisioner Award

In 2015 RFG wins Plant of the Year (National Provisioner)

2016
Rastelli and QVC

In 2016 Rastelli experienced their first QVC airing. Definitely the first of many to come. RFG is also named a Top 100 Company by Meat + Poultry.

2018
2018 – An Award Winning Year
  • RFG is named Processor of the Year by National Provisioner
  • RFG wins Family Business Award by The Inquirer
  • September 2018 – 5&2 charity launch
2019
The QVC Awards – 2019
The QVC Awards – 2019
  • Rastelli’s wins Most Recommended Brand (QVC)
  • Rastelli’s wins Best Burger – Black Angus Beef Craft Burger (QVC)
  • Egg Harbor Seafood wins Best Seafood – Faroe Islands Salmon (QVC)
  • Rastelli’s DTC Launches — March 2019
2020
2020 Vendor of the Year
  • RFG is named a Top 100 Processor by Meat + Poultry
  • Rastelli’s is named Vendor of the Year (QVC)
2021
Facility Expansion into 2021

In 2021, Rastelli Foods Group has expanded its facility to 185,000 sq. ft.

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