Pastene Names Joe Spinazola '85 as Chief Commercial Officer

Pastene Names Joe Spinazola '85 as Chief Commercial Officer


Proven leader will drive sales growth and market development for the legacy Italian food company


CANTON, Mass. (May 28, 2022) – Pastene, the country’s leading importer of authentic Italian foods and ingredients, today announced that Joe Spinazola, an innovative executive who has led sales for a variety of national and international brands, has been named Chief Commercial Officer of the brand.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Joe to the Pastene family,” said Chris Tosi, Pastene’s Co-owner, and CEO. “His passion for delivering innovation to many different industries paired with his strategic skills will be a huge asset as we raise the Pastene profile and look to expand into new markets.”

In his new role at Pastene, Spinazola will develop and execute sales strategies and market solutions to promote business development and increase market share. He will identify strategic business opportunities and maintain strong client relationships, supporting growth and diversification to generate new revenue streams. 

“I’m honored to join Pastene, a family-run business rich in tradition and heritage,” Spinazola said. “I look forward to growing the brand in new and existing markets, bringing their high-quality products to people’s dinner tables across the country.”

Spinazola brings more than 36 years of experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry working with large public companies such as PepsiCo and Unilever, private equity firms including Brynwood Partners and Harvest Hill Beverages, and startups Moodwater and Nutradried.

About Pastene  

For nearly 150 years, Pastene has been bringing family and friends to the table with uncompromising quality and taste. Pastene turns meals into memories with its wide selection of high-quality ingredients. The company’s iconic yellow and red labels grace gourmet items from tomatoes to tuna, breadcrumbs to olive oil, including hard-to-find varieties of olives and artichokes. Pastene maintains a broad presence and offices in both the United States and Canada. More information can be found at and on InstagramFacebook , and Twitter