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Pasta maker to consolidate New Orleans operations

Baton Rouge-based Dagostino Pasta Company said it plans to consolidate all of its operations in its East New Orleans location as it focuses on wholesale distribution and door-to-door delivery of its products.

The move is expected to take place this month and will allow further growth, the company said in a press release. Dagostino makes air-dried pasta and sauces in small batches and offers gourmet gift baskets, olive oils, balsamic vinegars and Italian specialties.

The announcement did not result in any downsizing, a company spokesperson said.

Since its acquisition by New Orleans-based LH Hayward & Company in 2019, Dagostino has seen substantial growth with the launch of its Amazon store and e-commerce through the company’s website, the statement said. The brand has expanded its local and regional offerings and is now available at Whole Foods Markets and Fleurty Girl stores in Louisiana, as well as other Gulf Coast grocery stores and markets.

Dagostino expanded its distribution into the New Orleans area market at the end of 2020. The company was founded in New Orleans in 1926 by the Fresina family as the Fresina Macaroni Manufacturing Company.

“Expanding the geographic reach of Dagostino’s products has been an aspiration of our company, and we are excited to bring our high-quality, authentic pastas and sauces to more consumers across the country,” said Vince Hayward, Owner. and fourth generation CEO. of LH Hayward & Company, the parent company of Dagostino. “After successfully operating our storefront and warehouse in Baton Rouge, we look forward to returning to New Orleans, where the brand was originally established in 1926 as the Fresina Macaroni Manufacturing Company. The new location, which will provide additional space and opportunities, is a natural choice given the city’s solid Sicilian history and culture.

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