Cibao Meat Products was founded in 1969, this was the beginning of a family of sausage products. This family-owned business has thrived and prospered based on their integrity to their products. They manufacture, promote and distribute their lines of salami in over ten states. Cibao Meats started to market and sell its products to Dominicans living in the east coast. Siegfried Vieluf, the founder, immigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic many decades ago. He had the vision and saw the growth of this community and wanted to cater to their taste buds, wants and desires. Food is said to be the last thing a person losses in the acculturation process. There is very strong connection between our cultures and our foods. Today, Cibao Meats caters to roster of diverse consumers.
A New Trend
Today, they are also marketing and having success in selling Salamis to the general population. That they are having success selling to Anglos, African Americans and other non-Latinos. That does not surprise me. Have you ever asked yourself, what is the American dish? Well…America is known for many great things, but not necessarily for its cuisine. If there is one thing that is lacking in American culture, it’s an original food culture. Don’t get me wrong, we have it all here: French, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, all the many, many variations of Latin cuisine, however, all these dishes and recipes came from someplace else. And because of it, there is a hunger for culturally rich foods, from those Americans that have been here for many (2-10) generations.
The diversity and spices of the different Latin countries, cultures and foods are endless. This diversity of culturally rich foods is creating a big curiosity and a growing trend in the general population to eat and explore Latin foods, and this crave is only going to grow much more in US and globally. Latin cuisine is the only one of all the different countries that has so many varieties and possibilities. There is only one Italian, French and so on. There is no such thing as only one Latin category. There is Mexican, Peruvian, Colombian, Ecuadorian, Cuban, Salvadorian, Dominican and many other cuisines. As Latin foods become more popular with the mainstream population, so will Latin culture as a whole become more popular with all. Cibao Meat Products is now selling their Dominican Salamis to “the Chinese”…Only in America!
By the way, for those of you that listen to the “Luis Jimenez Show” on Univision Radio. The photo of “Nazario” singing is the real Nazario, of the Luis Jimenez show… the funny one with the “acento Dominicano”. FYI the real Nazario is not that funny, but does have a similar accent. The real Nazario is also a pretty good singer.