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May 26, 2015 2:51 AM ET

Food Products

Company Overview of Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.

Company Overview

Contessa Premium Foods, Inc. produces and delivers seafood. The company imports, processes, exports, and distributes its products throughout North America, Europe, and Asia for retail, club, food service, and private labels. It offers calamari, scallops, and party platters; and coconut, cooked, orange, Thai curry, and uncooked shrimps. The company also provides customized gourmet foods, including convenience meals, hearty home style meals, vegetable stir-fries, and specialty seafood items. Its products are available in retail supermarkets, warehouse club stores, the U.S. military bases, fine-dining restaurants, and major hotel chains in the United States. Contessa Premium Foods, Inc. was for...

4000 Noakes Street

Commerce, CA 90023

United States

Founded in 1984

Phone:

323-263-5100

Fax:

323-263-5000

Key Executives for Contessa Premium Foods, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 59
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Contessa Premium Foods, Inc. Key Developments

Contessa Premium Foods Shuts Down Operations

Contessa Premium Foods ceased operations and fired all of its employees at its Sewickley headquarters and Commerce, Calif., production plant. The closing was confirmed by a lawyer who represents the company as well as sources inside and outside Contessa Premium Foods.

Ina Garten Eyes Acquisition Of Contessa Premium

Ina Garten, is planning to buy the frozen food business that carries her name and brand from Contessa Premium Foods, Inc. “I feel I’m the best person to do a nationwide marketing and distribution plan. I’d like to buy it back because I think that’s the best thing for the brand," said Garten. Donald J. Binotto, Rresident and Chief Executive of Contessa Premium, confirmed on April 27, 2014, that Garten had expressed an interest in buying the frozen foods line. People familiar with Contessa Premium said its lenders were in the process of determining whether it is financially viable, but Binotto, who formerly ran StarKist, the tuna company, said no decisions had been made yet about the company’s future. Garten said she had no information about the company’s finances. “I think there is a need for good frozen foods, and there has been a great response to my frozen food line,” she said. “I want to keep it going, and think we can build a really great business.” She said if she were to win the Barefoot Contessa frozen line, she planned to expand it by adding new products and upholding the high quality. One of the reasons I got involved with Contessa Products was because the ingredients were all coming from the United States, which meant I didn’t have to worry about them, and because it has one of the most green plants in the country, “ Garten said, referring to environmental standards. Unfortunately, she said, “one problem is that it is a very expensive plant to run.”

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