In 1904, twenty year old Antonio Mancini, with few personal possessions and a will to work, left Italy and came to America. In 1910 he married Margherita, a girl he’d met from his home town in Italy. The couple settled in New Britain, Connecticut and started a small Italian grocery, which grew to a chain of 3 stores. They also started a macaroni factory on the second floor of one of the stores. Antonio enjoyed roasting and eating sweet roasted red bell peppers, an Italian delicacy he remembered from his childhood. He began experimenting with a process to produce them commercially. His Mancini Sweet Roasted Peppers, “Pepperoni Dolce Arrostiti”, were immediately popular with his neighbors. Demand developed until it became necessary to concentrate on the peppers and leave the macaroni business behind. A small cannery was established in nearby Southington, Connecticut for the roasting of peppers. As the business grew so did the family and eventually all eight of them were working in the family business; Antonio, Margarita, their five sons and one daughter. In 1922, THE MANCINI PACKING COMPANY was born. The family worked hard and the business thrived.
In 1940 Joseph, their 21 year-old son, went to Florida in search of a site for a new factory, where the growing season was longer. He found that site in Zolfo Springs, where it is today. The rest of the family remained in Connecticut to market the product. Soon after the small factory in Florida was established, America became embroiled in World War II. Antonio, a true patriot in his new country, sent all 5 sons to war. Margherita remained in Connecticut to manage the stores and Antonio and his daughter Lillian went to Florida to run the factory. Because of the demands of war, metal for tin cans became scarce so glass jars were used. At the conclusion of World War II all five sons returned, Antonio and Lillian came back to Connecticut and Frank and Joe went down to Florida and managed the factory together for fifty years. Richard, Antonio’s grandson, serves as the current President and CEO. The Mancini Packing Company is still family owned and operated.
All during its history, The Mancini Packing Company has been improving methods and techniques for roasting peppers. The company was the first successful, large scale commercial bell pepper roaster in the world and is now the leader in volume and quality of Sweet Roasted Peppers in the U.S. “We truly have been at this for over 90 years and do believe we do it best.”
In addition to Mancini Sweet Roasted Peppers, we provide our customers with an expanded line of pepper products.