Local legacy families find life for Giminetti Baking Co.

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The former owners of Giminetti Baking Co., Jim Ciuccio and Richard Ferguson recently announced the closure of the wholesale bakery after 37 years in business. It didn’t take long for NKY natives and owners of Pompilios Italian Restaurant, KHI Food Brands and Sweet Tooth Premium Ice Cream & Candies and NKY Mike Mazzei, Joe Bristow and Larry Geiger, to step in and offer to purchase the wholesale bakery.  

“Believe it or not, Pompilios will be 90 years old next year, so we’ve basically been serving Giminetti’s classic Italian white bread since they got started,” Mazzei, said. “Once Jim and Richard told us they were retiring, we knew we had to find a way to keep their iconic bakery alive. We know their bread better than anyone, so we feel confident taking the reins for at least another 37 years.”

The group’s value-added food production experience through KHI Food Brands and customer-centric approach at Pompilios and Sweet Tooth position them to take on the demands of running Giminetti Baking Co.

“As a local, independent restaurant owner, it really excites us to work within that community,” Mazzei said. “Most of Giminetti’s clients are small, local restaurants. Working with top-rated restaurants like Moerlein Lager House, Pho Lang Tang and Lucius Q is something that we are very excited about. Restaurants like that make up the lifeblood of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.”

Giminetti Baking Company will be fully operational in the coming weeks. Customers can expect to hear from the bakery in the coming days.

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