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LiDestri Food and Drink Overview

Fairport, NY
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
LiDestri Food and Drink has grown from our roots as a pasta sauce and salsa manufacturer to become an R&D engine, formulating and then producing innovative food, beverage and spirits for our labels and those of national and retailer brand ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to delight our customers, suppliers and the community at large by exceeding their expectations.

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LiDestri Food and Drink – Why Work For Us?

Why LiDestri Who We Are

Who We Are:

We are a family run business with an inclusive and warm family-like vibe. Most important to us are our partnerships; and our first partnership is with LiDestri employees. Together we create a culture where respect, support and appreciation is expected. CEO Giovanni LiDestri and sibling Co-Presidents Stefani LiDestri and John C. LiDestri believe in the power of recognizing each strength and providing the support to nurture skills needed for continued growth. Throughout our organization we are on a journey to embed a coaching culture and in-house training programs that assist in developing self-awareness and building cross-functional connections. As in any partnership, there must be active and honest communication. We value communicating openly and effectively. At each of our five facilities we hold multiple company-wide town halls every three months - this is our primary platform to continuously share our strategic plan, our company performance against the goals, objectives and initiatives that deploy to our strategy and to encourage open dialogue on topics led by attendees. Each member of our team holds the possibility of creating a fulfilling and rewarding career with us. We thank you for learning about the company we keep and considering your first step here, into our fold.

Long-lasting partnerships are crucial to our success: with our customers, with our suppliers and within our team. Our company also cares deeply about our community and strives to drive positive change in the United States through environmental stewardship and charitable giving. We invite our employees to join us as we raise money for philanthropic causes, including one founded by one of our longtime and most cherished customers, Paul Newman, founder of Newman’s Own and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. On the job and in the community as a whole we encourage employees to imagine what could be instead of what is. 

The LiDestri Values 2018

Our Values:

LiDestri is "where tradition meets innovation." It’s the culture we live — a characterization of who we are and how we work. Joining LiDestri is, in many ways, like joining a family—in the best possible way.

Founder and CEO Giovanni LiDestri has created a unique, "anti-corporate" working environment where every voice is important; growth and development are company objectives for projects and the people who work on them, and progress is as important as process.

Values are transformative—for Giovanni LIDestri, who rose from a bottle washer to our CEO, and our staff, who are the soul of our company and the reason for our success.

As a first-generation immigrant who started as a bottle washer in a pasta sauce factory, Giovanni knows from his own experience that every employee has the potential to make a difference and contribute to LiDestri’s success.

LiDestri is as committed to its people as it is to its customers because these commitments go hand in hand. As a professionally run, family owned company, LiDestri builds mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with its customers, its suppliers and its team. Management’s mantra is "our employees’ wellbeing is our wellbeing."

While manufacturing is the heart of what we do, we offer team members a wide range of interesting and attractive careers that support our mission.

Production includes entry-level through managerial jobs on three shifts to thoughtfully keep our lines humming in support of food, beverage and spirits. While most food manufacturing plants are hot and loud, we strive to create the most safe and comfortable facilities for our employees. From past improvements, such as installing new windows to let in more natural light, or improving air quality with new ventilation, to future cooling and quieting strategies still in development, we will continue to search for ways to demonstrate our commitment to our employees' safety and well-being.

Safety and Quality Control workers protect the public and the reputation of LiDestri and the reputations of LiDestri and our customers 365 days a year. Every one of our five facilities holds the maximum SQF Certification, achieving regulatory compliance on behalf of our customers.

Proprietary and Private Label Sales team members "Carry the LiDestri Bag" by promoting our own brands along with private label food, beverage and alcohol products, developing close relationships with retailers and developing a deep understanding of their product assortments and shopper profiles.

Contract Manufacturing Sales team member promote our facilities capabilities to national brands and other co-packing partners, with an eye toward expanding our role as a smart source of R&D, producing groundbreaking innovations.

Research and Development employees find a playground in our Innovation Center, taking market-researched ideas and transforming them into consumer-ready products for more than 200 established brands.

Marketing team members creatively build and safeguard brand integrity among our three divisions: keeping on top of trends, evaluating how our products connect with consumer demands and communicating with internal and external audiences.

Finance professionals manage the company's fiscal health and help lay the foundation for ambitious growth plans for new product launches, industry partnerships and new equipment and plants.

Human Resources is responsible for ensuring that we recruit, hire and support talented people with the skills, creativity, drive and determination to preserve and grow our reputation and help us realize our long-term goals.

Supply Chain/Logistics is a cornerstone for any manufacturing business, but especially in food, beverage and spirits, where inputs may be seasonal and vary in quality and where warehousing and delivery protect and disperse product. Logistics employees minimize downtimes and maximize productivity by making sure ingredients, packaging and finished products are where we need them to be when we need them to be there.

Skilled Tradespeople are in high demand nationwide, and we value their contributions every day to keeping our equipment and our facilities in top shape.

Information Technology manages LiDestri's computer systems, applications and networks, which provide real-time order, shipping and inventory information electronically to our customers. Using advanced systems that are secure and reliable, we help to optimize the company's efficiency in producing goods and servicing our customers.

Wellness team members focus their efforts on promoting the health and well-being of our employees to the benefit of our organization. This department takes a holistic approach to fostering employee health, enabling employees to bring their best selves to work every day.

Our pay is competitive in the industry, and our benefits and employee support are second to none. Check out our five locations to see what job opportunities we have coast to coast.

LiDestri's purpose is to provide our team members with meaningful and rewarding job experiences. Whether you are looking for a good job to support your family or hoping to build a career that continues to challenge you to grow, LiDestri’s management team understands your well-being is our well-being. Take responsibility to initiate a discussion around your career trajectory, and we will work together with you on a plan to achieve your goals and give you the support and positive guidance you need to get there.

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Nourishing The Employee

We care deeply about our employees both on and off the job, and we've earned a reputation for sticking by our people in good times and challenging times. 

Our partnerships at LiDestri are founded on meaningful and lasting connections.   Our employees are one of our most valued partnerships.

We believe in nourishing our employees and demonstrate our commitment to our team by offering: 

  • Annual bonuses for all employees
  • Oportunities for a positive work/life balance
  • Competitive starting pay and benefits
  • A world-class wellness program
  • Meaningful support for local charitable events and giving, our number one philathropic partner, The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp, where every child can "raise a little hell".
  • Company-sponsored picnics and other family-centered events

We are proud to stand by our people, and in an age where bouncing from job to job has become the norm, we are proud many of our employees still spend lifetimes working for LiDestri. Together, our team cares for our customers, the environment and our community at large. 

LiDestri Food and Drink has a rich heritage, dating back to its founding in 1975 as Cantisano Foods by Ralph Cantisano, whose family previously founded and sold the Ragu Packing Company. By 1976, LiDestri was being managed by its current owner, Giovanni LiDestri, whom Cantisano plucked as his protégé from the Ragu production floor. At Giovanni’s urging, the company began producing pasta sauce in 1978. Since then, the company has been an innovator in sauces and salsas. But Giovanni has never been to one let the grass grow under his feet: In the past 10 years, he’s moved to diversify the company, adding spirits and beverage divisions to the food offerings and forging new partnerships such as the recent collaboration with Love Beets

Innovating from the Start:

While the Innovation Center didn’t open until 2014, the facilities there are the embodiment of the groundbreaking spirit the company adopted since its earliest days, when it pioneered several advances in creating sauces and salsas:   

Innovative Pasta Sauces 

Creating the first commercial pasta sauces in the nation that were formulated with chunks of tomatoes rather than pureed tomato sauce.   

Revolutionary Cooking 

Cooking sauce outside kettles, as it travels through metal pipes to the bottling lines, preserving flavor and preventing scorching.   

Packing Efficiency 

Being first in the industry to remove cardboard between jars as flats.    

Company Performance Bonus

Working together we did it! Each step, each change lead us in the right direction. We share that with you all!

LiDestri Food and Drink Reviews

  • "Good People, Learned a lot about the the food industry, Good experience on the job and training that they sent me to."

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Fairport, NY
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LiDestri Food and Drink full-time (More than 3 years)


    Benefits, Bonuses, 401k, Co-Workers, My Former Manager


    12hr shifts, Dealing with some productionmanagers( but has been getting better recently)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to get rid of the production shift managers who belittle, threaten and yell at employees, even after multiple people have gone to HR about situations where they were threatened, yelled at or been told to do something unsafe.

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LiDestri Food and Drink Photos

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LiDestri Food and Drink photo of: Film Day with Ithaca Hummus
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LiDestri Food and Drink photo of: Spirit Sales
LiDestri Food and Drink photo of: LiDestri Day Strong Museum of Play
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LiDestri Food and Drink Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    Assistant Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at LiDestri Food and Drink (Rochester, NY) in July 2017.


    The interview process was timely & efficient. What I appreciated most out of the interview was the respect they had for me as an interviewee. Instead of a typical Q&A layout, it was a great balance of general questions and conversation. Not once did i feel intimidated. They also were conscious about any questions or concerns of mine. The process was concise and I was always kept in the loop about next steps and timing. Wish more companies would follow suit like this!

    Interview Questions

    • Can you provide an example of how you've worked cross-functionally with other departments?   Answer Question
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LiDestri Food and Drink Awards & Accolades

  • Women of Excellence Award, Rochester Business Journal, 2019
  • 2016 DuPont Diamond Award for Packaging Innovation, DuPont, 2016
  • Frito Lay Supplier of the Year Award, Pepsico, 2015
  • Annual WSWA 3 Gold and 6 Silver Awards, WSWA, 2014
  • Diageo Innovation Excellence Award, Diageo North America, 2012
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