AG Ferrari Foods Expands Namesake Line of Products Nationally

January 11, 2017 — AG Ferrari Foods, the 97-year-old Bay Area-based Italian market, is expanding their namesake line of speciality products nationally for the first time. Their product will now be available in cities throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Western United States including all Fairway Market and De Cicco Market locations in New York, Kowalski’s Markets in

Minneapolis, Woodlands Markets in San Francisco, Dorothy Lane Markets in Ohio, and

The expansion was forged by Jarett Peppard, CEO of AG Ferrari Foods, who has an extensive and successful background in the gourmet grocery industry. AG Ferrari products offer customers a true taste of Italy by collaborating with artisan Italian

producers to create a unique and craveable line of products with a decidedly California perspective. AG Ferrari has been a beacon in the Bay Area for nearly 100 years, offering an exceptional range of the very best local and imported goods like grissini, cheeses, charcuterie and Italian confectionery.

“We’re thrilled that AG Ferrari’s complete line of specialty products - organic dried pastas, spreads, crackers, biscotti, coffee and seasoning salts - will now reach markets and consumers that would otherwise be deprived of our truly unique Italy-inspired, authentic and artisan crafted products,” said CEO Peppard. Since being purchased by the Murano Group in July 2013 and under Peppard’s direction, the company has revamped the in-store experience, rebranded packaging, and seen store sales increase more than 40 percent. Peppard’s primary focus, the Consumer Goods division of the company, has tripled in sales.


“AG Ferrari has spent decades establishing deep relationships with the best artisan Italian food producers. For many grocery operators the question hasn’t been whether our products would be a good fit, but rather how quickly they can get our product line to market,” said Peppard.


About AG Ferrari

Since 1919, AG Ferrari has served as a neighborhood beacon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, they supply the Bay Area and beyond with Italy-inspired specialty food products. Each of their five market cafes in the Bay Area is a destination for quality sandwiches, prepared foods, and a variety of cheeses, wines, olive oils, pantry goods, desserts, and epicurean gifts. Based in Alameda, California, the company also has expanding e-commerce and catering operations.


Free Happy Hour Event and Panel Discussion – August 17

WHAT: The Charlie Awards Kick-Off Happy Hour and Hot Topics Panel Discussion. The topic of the evening is “The Farmer & The Chef Connection.”

Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while joining in the conversation with our "Hot Topics" panel of experts.

WHO: The Hot Topics panel will be moderated by gardening and farm expert Mary Jane Miller.

The panel is scheduled to include:

  • Audrey Arner from Moonstone Farms;

  • Doug Harvey, board member for Minneapolis Farmer’s Market

  • Brenda Langton of Spoonriver and 2012 Charlie’s Community Hero Award Winner;

  • Marshall Paulsen, Executive Chef at Birchwood Café;

  • Shur Vnyang from Morning Fresh Farms;

  • Tammy Wong of Rainbow Chinese.

WHEN:  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Happy Hour

 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.          Hot Topics Panel Discussion

WHERE: Riverplace

 One Main Street in Minneapolis. Happy Hour will be held outdoors on the plaza in front of Riverplace. The Hot Topics discussion will be indoors.

HOW: This event is FREE and open to the public.


MORE: The Charlie Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions made by the Twin Cities restaurant, food and drink industry.

The sixth annual Charlie Awards will be held Sunday, November 13 at the Pantages Theater (710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) beginning at 3:30 p.m. followed by an after-party at the IDS Crystal Court and Chefs’ Dinner at Windows on Minnesota.

SPONSORS:      General Mills, U.S. Foods, Land O’Lakes, Monroe, Moxness & Berg, Intermix Beverage Co., Open Table, Bellisio, Minnesota Restaurant Association, Trinchero Family Estates, Kowalski’s, Hockenberg’s, Legacy Meats, Diversified Construction, Minneapolis St. Paul Chapter National Association for Catering and Events, Minnesota Monthly, Food Service News, Windows on Minnesota, Marquette Hotel, J.T. Mega, Mise en Place consulting, and Dynamic Products Midwest.