Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

Since ingredients in our products may change, always check the back label on our products for the most current and accurate ingredient, nutritional, and allergen information. We follow all government regulations related to allergen labeling.

All of the Francesco Rinaldi red sauces are labeled as gluten free, based on the formula ingredients and documentation provided by our raw material suppliers. However, you should always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product.

Meat Flavored
Garden Combo
Original Recipe
Original Recipe, No Salt Added
Marinara
Mushroom
Mushroom & Pepper
Pizza Sauce
Sicilian Family Recipe, Sausage
Sweet & Tasty Tomato
Three Cheese
Tomato & Basil
Fortified Tomato & Basil
Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Fortified Tomato, Garlic, & Onion

Since ingredients in our products may change, always check the back label on our products for the most current and accurate ingredient, nutritional, and allergen information.  We follow all government regulations related to allergen labeling.

For convenience, we have listed the Francesco Rinaldi lactose free products below. However, you should always read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product.

Garden Combo
Marinara
Mushroom & Pepper
Tomato & Basil
Fortified Tomato & Basil
Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Fortified Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Sicilian Family Recipe, Sausage
Sweet & Tasty Tomato

Since ingredients in our products may change, please check the back label on our products for the most current and accurate ingredient, nutritional, and allergen information. We follow all government regulations related to allergen labeling. Should any of the “Big 8” allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish, soy or wheat) be included in the product, they will be listed in this section.

Yes. Several Francesco Rinaldi sauces are certified Kosher Pareve by the Orthodox Union and we’ve recently added a few more to our line-up. Since ingredients in our products may change, always check the front label of the product for the kosher certification symbol.

Garden Combo
Marinara
Mushroom & Pepper
Tomato & Basil
Fortified Tomato & Basil
Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Fortified Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Sweet & Tasty Tomato

No, Francesco Rinaldi products do not currently contain monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Since ingredients in our products may change, always check the back label on our products for the most current and accurate ingredient statement, nutritional, and allergen information.  You should read labels, warnings, and directions before using or consuming a product.

The Francesco Rinaldi alfredo sauce products shown below contain soybean oil which contains the genetically modified ingredient soy.

Classic Alfredo Sauce
Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce
Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce

LiDestri complies with the Vermont law on labeling foods produced with genetic engineering (9 V.S.A. ch. 82A) which took effect on July 1, 2016. On the back of the label, beneath the allergen statement these products state “partially produced with genetic engineering”.

While the source of our ingredients is subject to change, our extra virgin olive oil is currently imported from Spain and/or Tunisia and or pecorino romano cheese is currently imported from Italy.

Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA is an omega-3 with proven brain, eye and heart health benefits for all stages of life - from pregnant and nursing women to infants, children and adults. The DHA in the Francesco Rinaldi Fortified products, life’sDHA, is obtained from a safe, sustainable and natural plant source. To learn more, click here

The following varieties are certified by the American Heart Association®:
Original Recipe, No Salt Added

Fortified Tomato & Basil
Fortified Tomato, Garlic, & Onion

Products must meet criteria established by the American Heart Association® Heart-Check Food Certification Program for specific product ingredients and nutrient values. All products must also meet government regulatory requirements for making a coronary heart disease health claim. The Heart-Check program has seven different categories of certification, and each category has a different set of nutrition requirements. Certified Francesco Rinaldi® products fall under the category for Standard Certification.

Visit www.heartcheck.org to learn more about the Heart-Check Certification, and click here for affiliated program nutrition requirements.

The following Francesco Rinaldi products qualify as Heart Healthy*.

Garden Combo
Original Recipe
Original Recipe, No Salt Added
Marinara
Mushroom
Mushroom & Pepper
Sweet & Tasty Tomato
Three Cheese
Tomato & Basil
Fortified Tomato & Basil
Tomato, Garlic, & Onion
Fortified Tomato, Garlic, & Onion

*While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease.

All products must meet government regulatory requirements for making a coronary heart disease health claim. Most nutrient requirements are per FDA/USDA RACC amounts (RACC = Reference Amount Customarily Consumed or “standardized serving size”). A summary of these requirements is provided below.

• Total Fat: 3g or less
• Saturated Fat: 1g or less and 15% or less calories from saturated fat
• Cholesterol: 20 mg or less

This depends upon the product and the storage conditions. We recommend using the product before its "Best By Date," printed on the neck of the container for the best product. Checking the “Best By Date” helps to ensure that older jars are used first. If the product is not stored properly, the shelf life will be shortened. We recommend that you store containers in a non-refrigerated, cool, dry place. Do not use the sauce if the safety button on the cap appears to be raised before opening, indicating that the jar’s vacuum seal has been broken.

The “Best By Date” is the expected shelf life of the sauce. For the best flavor, texture, and overall quality, we recommend using the sauce before this date.

The “Best By Date” is printed on the neck of the sauce container in white or black ink.

Using the product by its “Best By Date” helps to ensure the best quality product and we do not recommend using this product after this date. Do not use the sauce if the safety button on the cap appears to be raised before opening, indicating that the jar’s vacuum seal has been broken.

This depends upon several factors, including the time the product sits out of refrigeration during food preparation and the temperature of your refrigerator.

To ensure best quality, refrigerate the product immediately after opening and use within 5 days.

Yes, both tomato sauce in plastic jars and alfredo sauce in glass jars are microwavable with the metal cap removed. However, we do not recommend using a microwave as they heat unevenly. As a result, we recommend that you pour the sauce into a pan or pot and heat the sauce on the stove. Please note that care should be taken when heating any product in the microwave based on the variation of temperature.

Freezing the Francesco Rinaldi product prior to opening is not recommended; as the containers should be store in a non-refrigerated, cool, dry place and using the product before its "Best By Date," printed on the neck of the container for the best product.

Yes, Francesco Rinaldi tomato and alfredo sauces can be frozen after opening, however, it does compromise the sauce quality a bit. Remove the product from the container and place in a freezer safe container. When ready, defrost the product in the refrigerator, and not at room temperature. Reheat the product over low heat, stirring frequently. When first placed into the saucepan, the product may appear separated. By stirring over low heat, this appearance will change and the sauce will once again become more consistent with its original texture.

Yes. Our plastic and glass product containers and metal caps can be recycled.

There are numerous benefits to the consumer and to the retailer with this change. Among the benefits are that the jar is lightweight, benefitting transportation costs and fuel usage. Lighter weight can also be an ergonomic benefit to employees stocking store shelves. The jar is shatterproof, eliminating the safety risk of glass breakage in stores or in homes. The jar has numerous benefits when it comes to the environment, such as lower green house gas (GHG) emissions versus its glass counterpart. The plastic jar is also more manufacturing friendly for employees as it lowers noise level in the manufacturing operation.

Yes, it is the same amount of sauce. The net weight of the jar contents is the same as its glass counterpart.

The wall thickness of the plastic jar is less than its glass counterpart. Therefore, the jar is actually smaller than the glass jar containing the same net weight of sauce.

The plastic jar is made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate). PET is a commonly used, widely accepted polymer in food and beverage packaging.

No. This plastic jar is BPA-free.

No. There are no phthalates in the plastic jar.

No. The plastic jar is made from material that is neutral when it comes to flavors and odors. In addition, the jar has a barrier coating applied on the inside surface to maintain freshness and shelf-life of the sauce.

The ridges in the jar provide rigidity while reducing PET (polyethylene terephthalate) wall thickness, which provides the lightest weight, most sustainable container possible.

We appreciate your interest in our sauces.  You can often find discounts for Francesco Rinaldi® sauces in your local newspaper, in magazines, on product labels, at your grocery store, or with online coupons.  You can stay informed about our latest national promotions by following us on Facebook.

We always want to hear about delicious ways to use our products!  Please visit Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest to share your recipes, cooking tips, and ideas.

In order to find your favorite Francesco Rinaldi sauce, check out our Product Locator. Select your product and enter your zip code to find a store in your area.

If you can't find a product in your area, please check back again, as our Product Locator is frequently updated.

We also encourage you to talk to your local store manager to request that the store carry the item since Francesco Rinaldi is available nationally to retailers.

You may also be able to order the product from a variety of online retailers.

If the product you are looking for is not listed in the Product Locator or on our website, we’re sorry but it has likely been discontinued.

Preferences change and supermarket shelves have to find the space for new launches. As a result, we periodically examine the sales of Francesco Rinaldi products and must make the difficult decision to keep some products and discontinue others. We hope you can find a new favorite among our many other product offerings.

We want to be able to answer any questions you have and learn about any quality issues so we can promptly address them. We have customer service representatives available Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EST, who will promptly reply at their earliest availability.

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LiDestri has two principal charitable arenas for its corporate giving: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and a variety of arts organizations in the Greater Rochester Area, home to our headquarters. To learn more, visit our Corporate Website.

LiDestri maintains an online listing of open employment positions on our corporate website. Click Here to learn more and search for available positions.

At this time, we do not offer direct sales to consumers. Francesco Rinaldi enjoys national distribution in most major retailers. Check out our Product Locator to find a store in your area. You may also be able to order the product from a variety of online retailers.