Kettle Cusine: Expanding Their Business

August 11, 2011
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Chelsea based Kettle Cuisine, artisan maker of refrigerated and frozen premium quality, all natural soups, announced that they have entered into a business partnership with the Arlon food and agriculture investment program to advance company growth.

“We look forward to working closely with Jerry Shafir and his experienced management team to expand the Kettle Cuisine business for the long-term,” said Michelle Brooks, Managing Principal from Arlon. “We’re joining their organization at a key growth time and it’s a wonderful example of our mission to seek out and invest in high-potential natural food purveyors.”

Kettle Cuisine, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall, has experienced growth over the past several years. Since Arlon’s prime concentration is on helping growing food companies better deliver on their mission, this partnership was a natural fit for the company said Brooks.

As part of this investment agreement, Kettle Cuisine founder Jerry Shafir will maintain significant ownership and continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer.

“Our partnership with Arlon will provide us the financial resources and business insights we need to expand our products and services on a larger national scale, all while maintaining our commitment to cooking and delivering premium quality, all natural soups,” says Shafir. “With our expansion into new markets, we believe this is the perfect time to bolster our resources and further enhance service offerings to our customers.”

Kettle Cuisine was founded in 1986 by Jerry Shafir in Revere, Mass with the idea that even demanding chefs would feature prepared soups if they could be sure those soups were made with the same “real-food” ingredients and time-tested cooking techniques they would use if they were doing the cooking themselves. Starting with just seven core soups for the New England foodservice market, Kettle Cuisine now produces more than 50 foodservice varieties and ten consumer varieties, which are distributed throughout the United States and Canada.

“We’re excited to partner with Kettle Cuisine because we believe in their products and philosophies and we see that they are well-aligned with current operator and consumer demands,” said Brooks. “We look forward to working closely with Jerry and his experienced management team to expand the Kettle Cuisine business for the long-term. We’re joining their organization at a key growth time and it’s a wonderful example of our mission to seek out and invest in high-potential natural food purveyors.”


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