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Costco Celebrates Decades of a Successful Partnership

When Maurizio Zinetti invited staff to a barbecue at his Surrey, British Columbia plant in August 2014, he presented production supervisor Jai Raju with a silver plaque and a watch. He also gave Raju the kind of praise you’d shower on a favourite cousin, rather than a long-serving employee.costco-aug2015
Raju, after all, goes way back. Zinetti’s first-ever hire, she joined the prolific pasta-maker shortly after he transitioned from door-to-door restaurant retailer- supplying 300 trays a day of “mom’s homemade lasagna” – to mass-producing for the frozen meal market.
Loyalty to the company-its people and its products-is as fundamental to Zinetti’s successful lasagna business as sun-ripened tomatoes and properly aged Parmesan. He says, “Without employees like [Raju], I wouldn’t be here today.”
Indeed, Zinetti has maintained that abiding respect for his origins through the company’s nearly 30 years as a Costco supplier. The 55-plus staff members he so values continue to work out of Surrey, and the Zinetti family expresses appreciation for its supportive community. “I like to give back,” he explains. Local food banks, several Surrey high school grad events, British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital and children’s hospice Canuck Place are just a few of the many who benefit from that philosophy.
Zinettti is equally grateful, he says, for his long-standing link to Costco. Zinetti Foods began its operations in tandem with the opening of some of Costco’s first western Canadian warehouses, back in 1985. And just two years ago, the company expanded its profile to keep up with the retail giant, filling Costco freezers with its signature meat sauce lasagna as far east as Halifax.
Legions of Costco member go out of their way to put Zinetti’s products on the family table. And that’s the kind of following its buyers take seriously.
“They believe in you and treat you like a partner,” he reports. “By working with Costco and our suppliers, and through innovation and innovative processes, we’ve been able to provide our customers with the same high quality, authentic recipes they’ve come to expect from us. “

The original article by Dana Tye Rally was published in The Costco Connection September/October 2015.


Bring Nutrition Home

Bring Nutrition Home

We were proud to participate in the BC Food Processor Associations’s Stimulating Healthy Eating project, an innovative research study for BC food and beverage processors.

Each of the products showcased in the Bring Nutrition Home campaign including our Chicken Florentine Lasagna met B.C. Healthy Eating Guidelines, so you can feel good about eating something local and nutritious.


We take pride in the quality ingredients that we use and believe you can taste it, in every bite. Made with tender pieces of white breast meat, hand layered with spinach and a savoury béchamel sauce, this family recipe is one of our favourites and makes a flavourful holiday meal that rarely has any leftovers!

Thank you for supporting locally made, nutritious products.

 


Zinetti Foods signs on as a Quest Food Exchange Supplier

Quest Food Exchange: Food Programs to Reduce Hunger with Dignity

Quest is British Columbia’s largest not-for-profit food exchange program. We offer access to affordable and healthy food choices for those facing barriers to this basic necessity. In partnering with food suppliers, social service agencies, and community stakeholders, we have fine-tuned our social enterprise model to become a hub of food redistribution in the Lower Mainland. Our programs are seen as essential to marginalized individuals as they transition themselves towards self-sufficiency.
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Costco Demo Days / Dégustation chez Costco

Costco Demo Days / Dégustation chez Costco

Try our Meat Lasagna / Essayez notre Lasagne à la Viande (2 x 1.13kg)

December 3rd, Costco Canada, East :  ON, QC, NB, NS, & NF

 

Zinetti meat lasagna 2 x 1.13kg

La recette de Nonna Zinetti est savoureuse, riche en viande et fromage, faite d’ingrédients vrais et simples. Format Familial pratique, prêt à servir en 20 minutes.
Nonna Zinetti’s recipe is meaty, cheesy and tasty! Made with real, simple ingredients for great flavour. Convenient family sized 2 pack, ready to serve in 20 minutes.

 

 


Costco Demo Days

Try our Meat Lasagna,  November 30th at Costco.

Western Canada locations including: BC, AB, SK and MB.

MEAT LASAGNA

Zinetti Foods Meat Lasagna With 4 Cheeses

Nonna Zinetti’s recipe is meaty, cheesy and tasty! Made with real, simple ingredients for great flavour. Six convenient trays that are ready to eat in 6-7 minutes. Family sized value (6 x 330g).

Made with fresh pasta, layered with a savoury tomato meat sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and romano cheeses.

Cooking Instructions

Please note that demos dates are subject to change and cancellation, without notice. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.


We use Real, Fresh Ingredients in our Lasagna!

Checking the tomato harvest

2014 Roma Tomato Harvest

We paid a visit to our tomato supplier, to check that the Roma tomatoes we buy are harvested at the peak of vine-ripened perfection. We observed the tomatoes being rushed from the field and packed within hours, to capture their garden fresh flavour.

Our tomato supplier understands that the success of our business depends on the quality of the food we produce, and the quality of the food depends on the ingredients we use.

They are one of the few companies left that continues to pack 100% of their tomato products directly from fresh tomatoes, with no previous processing! Everything is packed fresh in season as each field of vine-ripened tomatoes reaches its peak of flavour. We share the same obsession of delivering flavourful, quality products to our customer.

Vine-Ripened Roma TomatoesRoma Tomatoes are ideal for sauces, with a perfect acidity and sweetness balance.  They are nutritious, low in calories, loaded with vitamins,  and minerals, an excellent source of dietary fibre and packed with disease-fighting antioxidants.

Scientific studies suggest that the Lycopene found in tomatoes may be protective of cancers, including cancer of the colon, prostate, breast, endometrium, lung and pancreatic tumours.

Tomato sauce is one of the best sources of lycopene. The cooking process releases more lycopene and makes it easier for the body to absorb. Tomatoes are a great immune-boosting and cancer fighting food.

 

 


Another Satisfied Zinetti’s Customer

Ready in under 25 minutes!

Ready in under 25 minutes!

We can’t say enough how much we love hearing what you like about our products! We’ve recently changed to a new package for our Meat Lasagna, to give you the opportunity to choose how much you’d like to serve up to your family! And so far it looks like it was the right move!

Check out this taste-amonial from a satisfied Zinetti’s customer:

“I just wanted to mention how much our family loves the Zinetti Meat Lasagna. And also, I love the new packaging for your Meat Lasagna. The new pack size – 2 trays x 1.5 kg is great! We’re a family of 5, so when I had to bake the one big lasagna, I’d end up with leftovers that the kids got tired of or had to refreeze in individual portions. Now, 1 one tray is perfect for our family and we can bake fresh every time!

Great product! Thank you!”

The same well-loved recipe, in a new pack.

Made with fresh pasta, layered with a savoury tomato meat sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and romano cheeses.

Family sized 2-pack. Made with real, simple ingredients for great taste.

Microwaveable and ready in 22 – 24 minutes.

Available at Costco Canada, in BC, AB, MB & SK.
2 x 1.135Kg format available in ON, PQ, NB & NS

To see all of the Zinetti Food Products, visit our products page.

If you have a ‘Taste-imonial” to share, please email us at info@zinettifoods.com; we’d love to hear from you.


Company BBQ and 25 Years of Service Recognition

Today, is a special day as we celebrate and recognize Jai Raju’s 25 years of dedication and service to Zinetti Foods. Jai was the first employee I hired, in 1989. I can’t believe how far we’ve come together. I appreciate and value your knowledge, your dedication and your positive attitude. I’m so glad you stuck by my side, all these years. Thank you Jai!  I couldn’t have done it without you.

Natalie, Jai and Maurizio

Natalie, Jai and Maurizio

Jai Raju - 25 years of service at Zinetti Foods

Jai Raju – 25 years of service at Zinetti Foods

Jai Raju - 25 years of service at Zinetti Foods

Jai Raju – 25 years of service at Zinetti Foods

 

 


Zinetti Foods Meat Lasagna – New Pack Size

Zinetti Foods Meat Lasagna – New Pack Size: 2 Trays X 1.5kg

Zinetti Foods Meat Lasagna 2-pack

The same well-loved recipe, in a new pack.

Made with fresh pasta, layered with a savoury tomato meat sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan and romano cheeses.

Family sized 2-pack. Made with real, simple ingredients for great taste.

Microwaveable and ready in 22 – 24 minutes.

Available at Costco Canada, in BC, AB, MB & SK.
2 x 1.135Kg format available in ON, PQ, NB & NS

To see all of the Zinetti Food Products, visit our products page.


One of our fans…

From a Zinetti Foods fan in New Brunswick:

Zinetti Foods' Youngest Fan Testimonial

Here’s such a sweet note from one of our Zinetti Foods’ fans.

“Hi, my name is _________ and I am writing to you people at Zinetti.

I was shopping at my local Costco and I purchased a box of Zinetti Meat Lasagna with 4 Cheeses for the first time and it was truly delicious.

Keep on making great tasting lasagna.”

We love all of our customers and this note just made our day!

If you have a ‘Taste-imonial” to share, please email us at info@zinettifoods.com; we’d love to hear from you.