300 unique New Orleans moments: Progresso forms from 2 prominent Italian New Orleans importing companies

Dec 07, 2017 117

Founder of Progresso, Giuseppe Uddo, arrived in New Orleans in 1907. One of the success stories of the French Quarter is Progresso. The soup label started as a produce company in what was then called Little Palermo. Giuseppe Uddo came to New Orleans with his wife from Sicily. Uddo went to work for his brother-in-law’s food import business.

When his brother-in-law returned to Italy, Uddo found a job with other relatives. When that business went bankrupt, Jacob Cusimano, who owned a macaroni factory in the Quarter, helped Uddo start his own business. Cusimano offered Uddo olives, cheeses and tomato paste, which Uddo relabeled. 

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SOURCE: http://www.theadvocate.com/

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