Rich History

Our Story

Villari Foods
Family. Quality. Tradition.

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Founded in 1925 by Sam Villari, Villari Foods is still a family-owned business with a rich history. As a teenager, Sam came to America from Italy, instilled with the value placed on pure, good food as an integral part of family and social life.

He started his business with little but a dream as a butcher shop in Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market. At Villari Foods today, we combine our commitment to our beginnings, with our capacity to keep pace with evolving customer demands.

We pay attention to every detail and strive to exceed expectations for great taste, service, and value. With the fourth Villari generation now entering the business, our family remains dedicated to ensuring an exceptional experience for all who enjoy our products. While our butcher shop is a little bit bigger now, we remain committed to our roots.


Villari Foods Through the Years


Sam Villari, just 16 years old, emigrates from Sicily, Italy, with nothing but the clothes on his back and joins his sister and her family in Philadelphia, Pa.


Sam and his brother-in-law open a retail meat store in Phildelphia's 9th Street Italian Market.

From the beginning, Sam took great care to ensure quality for his customers. He would walk more than 40 miles to Lancaster, Pa, buy a steer, walk it back to Philadelphia, and process it behind his store.


A momentous occasion, as Sam is able to buy a used truck. He is often seen in his distinctive, wood-sided truck with the livestock he hand-selected at market.

Future generations of the Villari family would continue to revere Sam's original red truck as a symbol of the company's ongoing dedication to quality products and customers' delight.


The family business, now known as Villari Foods, begins as Sam Villari opens his own meat packing plant (called S. Villari and Sons) in Philadelphia.

From an early age, Sam's sons, John, Peter and Pepe, are often by their father's side learning first-hand about the business.


Sam adds a hog farm in New Jersey and starts trading, buying and selling livestock.


John, Peter, and Pepe Villari (Sam's sons) take over daily operations and continue to build the farm, livestock, and meatpacking business.

Pepe Villari goes on to expand the company's operations, while sharing his knowledge, work ethic and solid values with the next generation of the Villari family.


Two of Pepe's sons (Sam's grandsons), Sam and Joe, start a transportation business known as Villari Brothers Trucking.


Rocco Villari, Pepe's youngest son, joins brothers Sam and Joe in the family business.


The “third generation” Villari brothers, Sam, Joe, and Rocco, have moved the headquarters of Villari Foods to Warsaw, North Carolina, to be near the area's outstanding livestock production capabilities.


Sam, Joe and Rocco purchase a meat processing plant in Micro, N.C., to begin smoked meats operations.


Smoked meats production moves to Warsaw and begins operating under Villari Brothers, the newly-formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Villari Foods.


Villari Brothers smoked meats operations double in capacity.


The Pork Company’s harvesting capacity increases by 40%.


Villari Brothers launches Never EverTM premium pork, raised without antibiotics, and the Smokehouse CraftedTM line of fully cooked smoked chicken and rib products. Plans are underway for the launch of Villari Brothers Organic pork.


Villari Brothers is proud to offer a full line of USDA Certified Organic fresh pork. USDA regulations for organic meat require that animals be raised in living conditions that accommodate their natural behaviors, fed 100% organic feed and forage and not administered antibiotics or hormones.


Villari Foods remains committed to growing and meeting customers' evolving needs, while maintaining the highest standards of quality, food safety, business integrity and customer service.

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