Headquartered in Napa, California, The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, LLC overlooks the familiar statue of a grape press that officially welcomes visitors to the celebrated wine-producing region of Napa Valley. Housing a full-time staff, The Perfect Purée workplace includes a warehouse, production lab, commercial kitchen, and a conference room.
With a network of over 180 food service distributors throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, The Perfect Purée continues to grow and enjoy status as a market share leader in gourmet food products. The company launched its first retail endeavor in 2004, selling products online through PerfectPuree.com and Amazon.com.
A brief history…
It was a recipe for success: Her love of cooking combined with the desire to go into business for herself brought entrepreneur Tracy Hayward to the food industry. Drawing upon her culinary background, she created a line of quality prepared purees for professional chefs and cooking enthusiasts: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley.
As with many start-up companies, Hayward’s venture was self-financed. Tracy sold her home for start up capital and started The Perfect Purée out of her parents’ home in Southern California. To immerse herself in the industry, she studied distributor networks, suppliers, product development and processing methods. She visited processing plants and distribution facilities, attended dozens of trade shows, and researched equipment and packaging.
Since the product line was launched in 1988, The Perfect Purée has grown from eight to over thirty flavors. Culinary and beverage professionals across the continent have come to count on the high quality and consistency of The Perfect Purée.
Seeking to infuse your culinary or beverage creations with ultimate fresh fruit flavor? Never mind peeling, dicing, pureeing, and simmering for those just-right recipe results. Simply stock your kitchen or bar with The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley’s purees, concentrates, zests, and blends. Discover why they’re revered in restaurant, bakery, hotel, catering kitchens, and bars for their amazing taste and ideal consistency every time.
The Perfect Purée’s flavors contain no artificial ingredients or coloring and add value for professionals in the foodservice and beverage industry as well as to food-savvy cooking enthusiasts.
Pureed fruits and vegetables have long been produced by hand by classically trained chefs as a staple kitchen ingredient. When European prepared purees were first introduced in America’s professional kitchens in the late 1970’s, chefs readily integrated them into their cooking. Chefs constantly seek innovative ways to keep costs low while still offering top quality. Most professional kitchens simply cannot afford the added time and cost associated with hand-prepared purees. Often produce prices, availability and quality fluctuations hinder restaurants from providing a complete array of handmade purees year-round.
Today, California-based The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley is the premium puree product on the market. It is the preferred staple ingredient of chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists for its outstanding attributes.
Perhaps The Perfect Purée’s incredible acclaim and ever growing demand stem from its uncompromising quality, variety of flavors, responsive customer service, and competitive pricing. Strict standards and processing specifications for Brix, fruit pectin, and pH produce “a puree that doesn’t taste like it is stretched or contains additives…The Perfect Purée captures the fresh flavor of the real fruit,” raves Executive Chef Fred Mensinga of the Anaheim Hilton in California.
The succulent, single-note flavors inspire everything from muffins to marinades, salad dressings to sauces, cakes to cookies, canapés to cocktails, and sorbets to smoothies. The layered flavors of the blends are inspired by global cuisine trends and can be used for both kitchen and bar needs. We’ve even created delectable recipes that showcase our delicious products in appetizers, main dishes, accompaniments, salads, desserts, sweets and beverages that feature global influences like Asian, Latin, and Caribbean.
We continually look for new flavors and welcome suggestions. Some of our original flavors remain our most popular, such as Red Raspberry, Mango, and Strawberry. New favorites are Carmelized Pineapple and Thyme & Citrus.. Culinary and beverage professionals can order our complete line through our network of specialty, produce, and general food service distributors in North America, including Canada and Mexico, and Japan. (See order info in the For the Trade section of the website.)
“The Perfect Purée is a fantastic line with great American flavors. They have a fresh, clean taste and the perfect consistency for any application. From sauce painting to ice cream making, they just work magic into any dessert. Now tell me where else would you find flavors like Blackberry or Prickly Pear?” says Wayne Harley Brachman, one of Pastry Art & Design Magazine’s “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the US,” author of Retro Desserts and American Desserts.