V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Company
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|Founders||Vincenzo La Rosa|
|Headquarters||Warminster, United States|
V. La Rosa and Sons Macaroni Company was founded in 1914 by Vincenzo La Rosa, a Sicilian immigrant. Starting in the United States as a butcher, Vincenzo noticed an increased demand for macaroni during World War I, so he started making it in the back of his shop in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The company eventually became one of the largest regional brands in the United States producing over 40 varieties of pasta with plants in Warminster, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. American Italian Pasta Company eventually acquired the La Rosa brand.
Vincenzo La Rosa was considered an innovator in the development of the packaged foods industry in the United States as he was an early pioneer in food packaging and distribution. Prior to V. La Rosa, pasta was distributed in bulk throughout the neighborhoods of New York. V. La Rosa introduced packaged pasta into these markets.
- Natham, Joan. La Rosa International Pasta Cookbook (New York: Dorison House Publishers, Inc., 1977), p. 5.
- Guilds' committee for Federal Writers' Publications, Inc. The Italians of New York (1938), p. 183.
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