In 1945 Herbert Moeller and Leon Rubin, two businessmen living in New York City observed a void in the US foreign food market and founded Atalanta Trading Corporation. They started with importing Polish hams and quickly expanded into Frozen Seafoods. Much of Atalanta’s early success centered on their ability to grow relationships within the international community. The Atalanta Corp. grocery department officially formed in 1971. They began importing Celebrity Mushrooms from Taiwan. They also introduced Del Destino, a line of tomato products imported from Israel, Romania, and Spain. Over the years they have grown their selection of imported products to include charcuterie, accompaniments and of course an extensive line of cheeses.
Atalanta and Imported Cheese
Before the importing business, Leon Rubin worked in the domestic cheese industry. In the beginning, Leon and his partner Herbert never considered adding cheese to their portfolio. But in the early 1950’s they could not deny the opportunity existed in the market and began importing Argentinian Edam Cheese. In 1965, they gained exclusive rights to import all Polish cheeses. In 1990, they conducted their first business in Italy and began introducing Pecorino Romano, Grana, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Today Atalanta is the largest privately held food importer in the United States.
Atalanta Corp imports quality cheeses from over 50 countries. They believe that cheese is more than just food; it’s an experience. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy, creamy Fondue from Switzerland or a sturdy English Stilton from England, Atalanta carries hundreds of cheeses from around the globe for you to discover and enjoy.
We, here at Mike Hudson Distribution, value our relationship with Atalanta. Our selection of imported cheeses is quite extensive, and we work closely with Atalanta to ensure our offering is current and attractive to our niche market of customers here in Northern California.