Local Sauce Company Bought for 2.3 Billion

Campbell Soup will buy Rao’s and (Parent Company Sovos Brands) jarred sauce empire for $2.33 Billion.
Over the past 100 years, Rao’s has gone from a Harlem neighborhood staple to its sauces being sold at grocers across the U.S.

Rao’s line Italian sauces, soups, and frozen meals are now available at grocers across the country. The company began in 1896 as a family-owned East Harlem restaurant, famous for its comforting Italian fare with options ranging from classic meatballs to seafood salad.

Reservations are close to impossible to get.

Almost a century after the restaurant’s founding, then-fourth-generation co-owner Frank Pelligrino founded Rao’s Specialty Foods to bring the flavors from the Harlem storefront to homes across the country. In 2017, the brand was acquired by Sovos for an undisclosed amount.

Now, the brand offers dozens of products ranging from sauce, pasta, and frozen meals available in stores across the country and two additional restaurant locations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles — operated by Rao’s Restaurant Group.

Meanwhile, the original Rao’s location has thrived with age. During the pandemic, the restaurant pivoted to takeout for the first time in its then 124-year-old history, which let many locals try the signature lemon chicken for the first time.

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