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G.L Mezzetta Overview

American Canyon, CA
201 to 500 employees
1935
Company - Private
Manufacturing
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Crunchy-crunchy At Mezzetta Foods we believe that crunchy is not enough. What we make has to be crunchy-crunchy because the food we make is a part of who we are. When we share our food we share a bit of ourselves. When most people eat an olive or a pepper, they can’t ... Read more

Mission: We believe in sharing joy. We pour our hearts into what we do, so we can share the best of the world in all its richness and color.

G.L Mezzetta – Why Work For Us?


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At Mezzetta, we strive to add joy to everything we do. From our glass-jarred, globally inspired products to our spirited company culture, we believe in celebrating and sharing the little things that make life special.

Our story began in 1935, when Giuseppe Mezzetta brought a taste of Italy to his new home in San Francisco. Today, four generations later, our passion for food and flavor is stronger than ever. Now led by CEO Jeff Mezzetta and headquartered in Napa Valley, the company has expanded nationally to showcase a wide variety of premium products from across the globe, and we’re proud to be the country’s leading brand of specialty olives and peppers.

At our family-owned company, everyone is an honorary Mezzetta — from the farmers to the team on the factory floor, from the sales team who keep the shelves stocked to our loyal fans who seek a bit of adventure in every meal.

As we write our next chapter, we’re looking for bright, qualified candidates to join the Mezzetta family. Our team is passionate about flavor, quality, and fun, and we think food made with love tastes better. From sales and marketing to operations and maintenance, every day is an adventure, and we’d love to have you join us.

undefinedFor over seventy-five years, Mezzetta company has brought delicious and healthful foods from the Mediterranean to the American table. Like so many American success stories, this one has its roots in Italy, where delicious food and wine were central to the family experience.

Giuseppe Luigi Mezzetta, founder of G. L. Mezzetta, immigrated to America from Italy to start a new life. Working as a window cleaner in New York City, he eventually saved enough money to bring his new wife, Columba, to San Francisco where their son, Daniel, was born in 1918. Giuseppe continued to work hard, and was soon able to earn a better wage as a janitor for two large import/export firms in downtown San Francisco.

In 1935, father and son decided to open a small storefront in San Francisco’s Italian North Beach district. The new company began importing Italian peppers, olives and other staples of the Mediterranean table. Over the years, their business proved solid. The Mezzetta attention to quality, value and service earned the trust and loyalty of their customers. Like many ventures of that era, the business was operated for years in typical “mom-and-pop” fashion providing a modest but comfortable living for the owners and their employees.

In 1973, Daniel’s son, Ron Mezzetta, became General Manager. An imaginative and dynamic entrepreneur, he understood the importance of creating an identity for their products. Ron decided to package their olives and peppers under the Mezzetta name, and the Mezzetta brand was born. He also coined the slogan “Don’t Forgetta Mezzetta” as a way to remind consumers not to overlook Mezzetta products when they filled up their grocery carts. The catchy slogan crept into consumer consciousness and helped make Mezzetta a household name on the west coast.  As business flourished under Ron’s leadership, the company found itself in need of a larger production facility and moved from North Beach to Sonoma, California in 1980. In the early 90s, Ron noticed the growth of awareness and interest in Pacific Rim and Asian-style flavors and Mezzetta purchased Kona Coast Sauces & Marinades to capture a piece of that market. Ron’s son, Jeff Mezzetta, who had “grown up” in the family business, officially joined the company in 1993, working alongside his father.

Jeff brought a new generation of vision, passion and skills to the company. While Ron preferred to stay close to operations, Jeff spent much of his time traveling. He visited markets across the United States and came to realize that there was potential for the company to grow well beyond any previous expectations. He also visited dozens of production facilities, farms and orchards of every shape and size in Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Latin America and beyond, talking to producers and building relationships with suppliers. This experience gave him invaluable perspective and sparked creative new ideas. Construction of a new state-of-the-art facility in American Canyon (located at the southern end of Napa Valley) was completed in 1997. Under his leadership, company sales and volumes have exploded nationally.

In 2004, Ron Mezzetta appointed Jeff Mezzetta President. Under his leadership, company sales and volumes have doubled in size. New product innovation, packaging improvements, investment in human resources, better efficiencies in production, and aggressive sales strategies have taken Mezzetta to a new level. 

In the same year of taking the reins, Jeff created the Napa Valley Bistro™ brand, featuring the only specialty pasta sauces and olives made with premium Napa Valley appellation wine. The popular product line dramatically expanded the Mezzetta presence in the gourmet marketplace and is now one of the top three specialty pasta sauces in the country. Mezzetta is the number one producer of specialty peppers and olives in the United States, with distribution in Canada, the United Kingdom and the Pacific Rim. The company produces over 100 different SKUs.  In addition to importing and packing specialty food products, Mezzetta sources a variety of fresh vegetables from local California farms for processing throughout the harvest season.

In its fourth generation as a family-owned and operated company, the full potential of Mezzetta as a top specialty foods brand is just beginning to be realized. The mission which launched the company—to produce the best quality products from the finest available ingredients and make them available at an affordable price—remains the same. But the focus is sharper than ever, and, with a marketplace full of discerning savvy and discriminating consumers seeking the next exciting, new food experience, the opportunities continue to grow.

undefinedMezzetta is a 80 year “young” fourth generation, family-owned specialty food company based in beautiful Napa Valley, California. Mezzetta is the #1 brand of specialty olives and peppers in the United States and the company’s Napa Valley Homemade line of pasta sauces is among the fastest growing in the specialty pasta sauce category. At Mezzetta quality is king, and our fine products are a result of retaining only the most talented and skilled employees. Our fast-paced expansion in distribution, production and sales compels us to invite passionate, energetic and qualified employees to join our “family” team. Securing the best possible talent to establish Mezzetta as a household name is of utmost importance to our continued success.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at G.L Mezzetta (American Canyon, CA) in August 2016.

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    I had a phone screen initially and then an interview with the Chief People Officer. My second round was two panels consisting of various leaders throughout the organization. My third round was with the CEO. I was well informed before each interview and prepared for the process and for who I would be meeting with.

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