La Canasta Company History

La Canasta was founded by Richard and Carmen Abril in 1962. The business started in Phoenix, Arizona by supplying the Hispanic community with fresh, flour and corn tortillas. Word of mouth spread the news about La Canasta having the Best Tasting Homemade Tortillas in town. Eventually restaurant owners began coming to pick up tortillas for their businesses. The demand grew so much that we decided to add a delivery service to the restaurant establishments. As the food service industry grew in Arizona, so did La Canasta tortilla production. Today, La Canasta is Certified Minority & Woman owned and operated by the second-generation family members. We have over 130 employees operating our production facility producing over 2.5 million tortillas daily for Foodservice “La Canasta” Tortillas and Retail “My Nana’s “Best Tasting” products locally and nationally. La Canasta manufacturing facility is custom designed to meet our quality requirements and one of the most modern in the tortilla industry. Our Foodservice products meet the needs of Traditional and Non-Traditional Restaurants, Schools, Hospitals and Resorts because of our attention to customer needs, experience, and knowledge of the end user application. We pride ourselves in making tortillas with the finest and highest quality raw materials. Every “Authentic “menu item begins with La Canasta Tortillas. With over 60 year’s experience servicing the Foodservice Industry we offer a variety of core products as well a line of Specialty tortilla products that will meet almost every menu application for the end user. Because of our concern for restaurant costs related to waste, our tortillas were developed to have “Less Waste & More Taste!” We recently introduced a new “Homestyle ~ Estilo Casero” Heat Pressed flour Tortillas in sizes ranging from 6’ to 13.5’ Diameter along with our traditional Heat Pressed tortillas ranging from 6” to 14” in diameter. Our Corn Tortillas are made from Whole Kernel Stone ground in a 6” size and a variety of weights that are accommodating to most menu items. We also offer Corn Flour “Maseca” Corn Tortillas to meet the needs of the chefs that are looking for a unique texture and softness for their specialty menu items. We are proud of these accomplishments and will continue to strive to always be better than expected! La Canasta is still family owned and operated by the second generation of the Abril family. Josie Ippolito, President assist in the day-to-day operations. Our Vision. . …. La Canasta will continue serving our tortillas of the highest quality in traditional applications. We will be innovative in developing new products to serve the non – traditional markets, thus creating the demand where never seen or imagined before. As always, we continue to focus our attention in providing old fashioned customer service and authentic product quality which has made La Canasta who we are today. We will stay committed to be,

“Large Enough to Meet Your Needs , Small Enough To Care”


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