The Rastelli Story
The tiny, one-room butcher shop where Ray Rastelli, Jr. got his start was once a beloved doughnut shop in the New Jersey town where he and his wife grew up. They went there often as teens, and one night they arrived to discover it had closed. Ray noticed that the shop neighbored a deli, and soon reenvisioned the space as a butcher shop that would supply the deli and locals with quality meat.
From a simple craving for doughnuts, the first Rastelli’s location was born.
Ray quickly built a reputation for premium meats, hand-selected for his friends and neighbors in the community. Over the next 15 years, he and his brother Tony expanded to eight shops. In each one, they set meticulous standards for superior butchery. Customers could always count on perfect cuts, with none of the fat and gristle left behind by most grocery stores.
In the mid-1990s, Rastelli Foods saw an opportunity to grow by opening its first distribution facility. This move empowered us to understand our customers even more deeply—and meet their needs with premium products that we guide from farm to butcher to table. As we started distributing across the globe, we opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Swedesboro, NJ, which serves as the core of our operations and allows us to maintain exacting standards for quality, safety, and flavor.
Today, our offerings have expanded to include poultry, seafood, and more. At home in New Jersey, we’ve opened our own gourmet markets—Rastelli Market Fresh. Around the world, we’ve proudly fed our troops, exporting food to the U.S. Military in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Along the way, we’ve gained some amazing partners including Tony Luke’s, Pureland America Beef, and QVC. Now, we’re thrilled to bring these same quality meats to your kitchen.
Even though we’re no longer a one-room shop, we’re still a family business. Two generations of Rastellis now lead our company, continuing our commitment to impeccable customer service and expert butchery. (You’ll even see us working alongside our butchers during busy seasons!) We’ve grown a lot since that late-night doughnut run, but one thing remains the same: we’re always inspired by the love of great food.