Fast-growing facility featured in October 2014 wins coveted Plant of the Year award!

For the fourth year, The National Provisioner has had a bevy of top-notch options for voters in its annual Plant of the Year competition — all the processing facilities that our editorial staff visited for cover stories from June 2014 through May 2015 were nominated.

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Nearly 2,400 readers responded, and when the polls closed, Rastelli Foods’ Swedesboro, N.J., processing plant held on by a mere 19 votes to win the 2015 Plant of the Year award! It stands as the closest “photo finish” in the four-year history of the contest.

Rastelli Foods was profiled in our October 2014 issue in a story discussing the wide-ranging success this New Jersey processor has found across a variety of businesses and channels. The company truly has set an example for others in terms of diversification and growth. Read the story here.

This month, Andy Hanacek, editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner, checked in with Rastelli Foods to congratulate them and get an update as to what has changed at the plant since his visit last year. Ray Rastelli, owner and president of Rastelli Foods Group, offered the following updates on the projects that have been completed and are under way now at the facility.

Read the full Q&A at National Provisioner’s Website