Consumers can now buy online the same high-quality steaks, meats and seafood that 5-star chefs and restaurants have been buying exclusively since 1976, and have it delivered direct to their door at a fraction of what they'd pay in restaurants and priced better than other online food companies.
We think people should have the right to enjoy the same quality food at home that they get at the best restaurants and buy it affordably so they spend smarter and eat better,? says Ray Rastelli Jr., President of Rastelli Foods Group, who founded the company in 1976 as a single high-quality butcher shop.
Chef Guy Mitchell, Guest White House Chef, who has helped train chefs that travel with the President of the United States, says: Rastelli Direct is one of the most exciting programs for consumers I've seen in 40 years in the food business because of the superiority of their food, the variety and selection, and how it is packaged for consumer convenience. They make my life easier as a chef and a consumer.
Rastelli 's premium meats and seafood have been distributed by U.S. Food Service Inc. since 1995 and available only in famous steakhouses, restaurants, cruise lines and luxury resorts.
Highest Standards of Food Quality & Safety from Farm to Family. The hallmark of our company is an extraordinary commitment to food quality and strict safety standards so our customers can trust what they put on the table for their family and friends, says Ray Rastelli.
Parent company Rastelli Foods Group has become a supplier of choice because the company is vertically integrated and controls the quality and safety of food production at every step from farm to family. Rastelli Direct launched in January 2010 serving east coast consumers and just opened its Kansas City distribution facility to ship nationally.
Rastelli Direct reduces the distribution chain so customer delivery is the 5th and final step, in contrast to conventional supermarket distribution where there is usually 12 steps to the customer with middlemen profits taken and quality control lost.
The measures Rastelli Direct takes to provide the best quality food include:
Owning and source verifying their livestock and fish. For example, they breed only 100% Purebred Black Angus cattle, and it is certified through DNA testing. Only 4% of cattle in the United States grade to Rastelli upper 2/3 choice standards.
Designing a healthy feed mix without antibiotics, hormones and steroids in order to produce safe, wholesome, preservative-free foods. Organic selections are raised according to strict standards; Rastelli also produces Kosher and Halal-certified meats.
With about 325,000 hospitalizations from food-borne illnesses a year, the company takes unprecedented steps to ensure food safety, operating its food manufacturing plants under rigid quality assurance and sanitation standards. For example:
Sophisticated air filtration systems and ozonated water systems improve plant sanitation and safety. Ozonated water guards against contaminants including salmonella, lysteria and E-coli, and has been proven to have no negative ecological impact while reducing or eliminating the use of chemical cleaning agents.
The Rastelli QA team tests ground meat for E-coli four times a day, as well as offsite through Independent laboratories, in contrast to government standards for meat processors that require E-coli testing only four times a year.
All plants are under USDA and FDA inspection every hour they operate.
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