Califonia Bountiful

Passion for peppers

Family businesses team up to bring gourmet products to a plate near you

For more than 75 years, Mezzetta has brought delicious, healthy foods from the Mediterranean to our tables. Started in Italy and brought to the Bay Area in 1935, and now in its fourth generation, Mezzetta is known for offering gourmet options using the bounty of fresh produce in California. Products ranging from pasta sauces to sweet banana wax peppers and pickled vegetables run through here. And at this time of year, bell peppers keep the production plant running almost 24/7!

All of the bell peppers are grown on local farms, such as Pete's, and are roasted and packed within 24 hours of harvest. Through the years, Mezzetta has worked closely with family farms in Northern California to develop meaty bell peppers with a high natural sugar content, which is then highlighted when they are roasted—like only Mezzetta can do.

While it is a thorough process, it actually takes only about 15 minutes for peppers to pass through Mezzetta. That leaves the team plenty of time to come up with new recipes, tips and tricks in their test kitchens that are sure to keep us hungry for more!
What ends up in kitchens across America actually starts in the ground at farms like Pete Aiello's, where each pepper is hand selected and meticulously cared for by lifelong farmers who savor the opportunity.

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