Founded in the late 70’s by Phil and Norma Lisac, Lisanatti® Foods began as P.J. Lisac and Associates, Inc., as a brokerage business that transitioned into manufacturing and processing.
The first location was a 3000 square foot facility that had a cooler and freezer already in place and worked perfect for the new direction. Soon after securing the facility, son Jim came to work, followed shortly by son Jeff. The four would form what would become the nucleus of the company. In time, they would become innovators and leaders of a new industry that would span over 40 years.
The first product was a mozzarella substitute supplied to area restaurants and distributors. Sales were directed largely towards the pizza and food service industries and provided a large cost saving to their customers.
In 1980 Phil and Norma bought property in Clackamas, Oregon and broke ground that spring. In the summer of 1982 their building was completed and operations from the new location began. This would be their new home for over 20 years.
In the early 80’s the company developed a new line of soy based cheeses. SoySation® was their brand. It was cholesterol and lactose free while having less than half the fat of conventional cheese. This new line soon found success with consumers, dietitians and physicians that were looking for an alternative to conventional dairy cheeses.
Awareness of health and diet continued. Not long after the introduction of almond milk, a national manufacture asked Phil about manufacturing an almond base cheese for them. Phil agreed to take on the project and soon had a product ready for the new customer. After several years the customer decided to take their business in a different direction and discontinued their almond cheese. Phil made the decision to develop the almond cheese for his company. So, with a name change and the ramping up of production, it was just a short time before The Original Almond® was on the market with four new flavors. Now after more than 30 years “The Original Almond ® ” has become one of the top selling lines nationally.
The family’s solid success continued. In 1993, with the completion of a major expansion, the company was positioned with cutting edge processing machinery, production rooms, coolers and freezers, which would facilitate the company’s growth for the next several years.