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Fayetteville-based Deli Star Corp. opens St. Louis Innovation Center


From Illinois Business Journal news services

Fayetteville, Ill.-based Deli Star Corp., which produces cooked meats for sandwich and salad makers and food service operators across the country, has opened a new Innovation Center in downtown St. Louis.

The venture is the Illinois-based company’s first investment in Missouri in its 28-year history. Company officials said the move demonstrates the company’s commitment to research and development, and looks to fuel aggressive growth plans by furthering Deli Star’s current and future customer partnerships.

testkitchenThe new Innovation Center is located in Laclede’s Landing district at 727 N. First St. and features a state-of-the-art, restaurant-style kitchen with adjoining conference rooms, employee offices and meeting spaces. Customers will work side-by-side with Deli Star’s R&D team and chefs in creating “innovative protein solutions” for the foodservice industry. The Innovation Center will celebrate its grand opening on Feb. 26.

“Our new second home provides a custom location to help our customers grow, while giving us an arena to showcase our products, speed R&D and boost our AMVAC fresh meat division,” says Justin Siegel, president of Deli Star. “The center’s close proximity to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the St. Louis metro area’s business zone makes it an ideal and enticing place for us to welcome our existing partners and potential new partners.”

Deli Star is “committed to bringing products to our customers and to the market quicker than any of our competitors, and this Innovation Center, centrally located in the U.S., will allow us to best do so,” Siegel said. “The center will provide an even greater commitment to our research and development, one of Deli Star’s core values that help us to align our purpose and vision.”

Fayetteville, which is in St. Clair County, is home to Deli Star’s meat processing facility, where it says it uses a proprietary post-pasteurization process that guarantees its processed meat products are free of preservatives, harmful bacteria and foodborne pathogens.

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