While out shopping, you made decided to add a jar of Ragú to your cart. Did you know that this sauce had its beginnings in Rochester New York?

On the Ragu website, you find a rich history of your favorite sauce. Ragu’s history dates back to 1914, when the founders Assunta Cantisano and her husband Giovanni emigrated from Naples Italy and arrived in the Big Apple in New York City.

Years later, in 1937, the couple founded the Ragu Packing Company in their home in Rochester. They started off by making spaghetti sauce in their basement and later expanding to an entire factory.

In 1969, the Ragu name was sold to Chesebrough-Pond's, which in turn, was acquired by Unilever in 1987. The facility in Rochester still manufactured products under the Cantisano name brand. Some of the original facility still exists and produces products for other labels (including Newman's Own) as Private Label Foods."

Next time you want a local sauce, local meaning to Upstate New York, decide to go with Ragu.


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