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Cugino’s Gourmet Foods got its start in a very unconventional way. After being inspired by a newspaper article on a Sunday afternoon, Dan Hochstatter started dreaming what it might be like to bottle the Italian Dressing he and his wife had always made from scratch. He ordered a few dozen sample bottles and mixed up a batch of dressing in the family kitchen. With his wife, three kids in a wagon, and Max the dog in tow, he passed out samples and surveys to the folks in the neighborhood. After overwhelming positive feedback, Cugino’s was born. With his wife Debbie, taking care of the legal and financial details, Dan set his mind on product development, the corporate image, and packaging designs. Since that start in September of 1995, the company has moved out of a modest home operation in Lake in the Hills to a warehouse in the same town. Now, after having moved to our current Cary, IL office and warehouse, the product line has both changed and expanded. We include Soup & Chili mixes, Pasta Side Dishes, Dip mixes, Pasta Sauce, Rubs, Marinades, and the famous Garlic Cheese Spread. To this day, Dan and Debbie Hochstatter still own and operate the company. They are involved in marketing, product development and general management of daily activity.
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