Lipari: Making It In Michigan Sponsor Spotlight

Lipari is sponsoring this year's Making It In Michigan Conference and Marketplace Trade Show taking place Nov. 13 in Lansing.

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Michigan State University Extension and the MSU Product Center are putting the spotlight on the sponsors of the 2019 Making It In Michigan Conference and Marketplace Trade Show. The sponsors are what allow Michigan's premier food entrepreneur conference to be inclusive and feature the most exciting products Michigan has to offer big and small. 

Register now to be a vendor or to attend Making It In Michigan

Today's spotlight is on Lipari. 

How long have you been in business?

Lipari Foods has been in business since the early 1950s, starting out as just a supermarket and then transitioning into a food distributor.

How would you describe your business in one sentence?

We are responsible for pioneering marketing, merchandising and in-store product publicity ideas and providing specialized assistance to retailers that allows them to greatly enhance their stores’ reputations.

What makes your customers keep coming back day after day, year after year?

We work with our customers to provide them with an exceptional service and innovative solutions, through effective technologies to satisfy our customers needs.

Why did you decide to sponsor Making It In Michigan? Why is it important to support beginning food entrepreneurs?

We all have ideas and goals for the future, we want to make a difference. When Lipari first started, it was just a supermarket, but then the owner, Jim Lipari, had an idea. He thought about creating his own barbecue sauce with his partner. And on Jim’s days off he would load up and distribute his sauce on a sales route. Without an idea in mind, Lipari Food Distributor may not have been created. We want to work and help build ideas and create an innovative experience that will make a difference in someone’s life. If Jim Lipari and his partner did not take this risk, then we would not be where we are today. We want to support those who are taking similar risks and striving to make a difference in the marketplace.

What do your customers or your employees say about your business?

Here is a testimonial we received from one of our route drivers working out of Dayton, Ohio.

"Lipari Foods listen to their employees and takes up their suggestions. They want the company to be a growing and an adaptable company that works with everyone, to make the experience better for everyone."

Where can people learn more about your business?

To find out more information about Lipari Foods you can visit our website here at or you can contact us at (586) 447-3500.

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