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Samuels Seafood History


1895 – Gaetano Darigo makes his living as a commercial fisherman in Sicily

1919 – Giuseppe Ippolito comes to America and marries Gaetano’s daughter

1929 – Giuseppe partners with his father-in-law in his growing seafood business

1934 – Gaetano retires leaving Giuseppe in charge as horse-drawn wagons replace pushcarts -expanding their reach

1945 – Giuseppe opens his first fresh seafood market in Philadelphia and names it “Ippolito’s”

1950 – Giuseppe’s daughter, Rose D’Angelo, expands the store and continues to grow the family business

1966 – Giuseppe brings his ten-year-old grandson, Samuel D’Angelo, to work in the fish market

1970 – Learning the business from his mother, Sam is already a buyer in Philadelphia

1974 – Sam takes over the reins from his grandfather and expands the original store

1987 – Ippolito’s opens a second location in Philadelphia

1989 – Samuels and Sons Seafood is born, focusing on the commercial and wholesale seafood market

1989– To underscore the premium quality of Samuels products, marine biologist, Joe Lasprogata joins the company’s senior staff

1990 – Samuels launches “Aunt Connies Famous” brand of Seafood, Salads, Prepared Foods, and Sauces

1991 – Samuels expands its product line by bringing in Gulf and Pacific Coast products via express air cargo

1993 – Acquisition of Huff Fish Co. increases production capacity to efficiently serve large commercial customers

1994 – Samuels purchases Coastal Seafood overhauling the cutting facilities and freezer storage to meet rigid quality standards

2000 – Samuels unveils its new corporate logo and expands custom product lines to now include “Lauren Bay” and “Aunt Connies Famous”

2001 – Samuels adds a full range of fresh sushi products to serve the growing Asian and specialty markets

2003 – Website launched to improve customer interaction, notification, and ordering nationwide

2004 – Sam’s children, Anthony, Sammy, and Lauren join the company’s Sales and Purchasing teams

2006 – Samuels service expands to Pittsburgh, PA

2007 – Samuels begin to offer overnight delivery service nationwide

2007 – Sam Jr (AKA “Sammy Brown”) heads the Retail Division

2009 – A new, 60,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility opens at Lawrence Street in South Philadelphia

2011 – Samuels service expands west to Las Vegas, NV establishing a west coast division

2013 – Sam’s youngest daughter, Donna, joins the family business

2015 – Samuels opens a facility in Orlando, FL

2019 – Samuels opens an office in South Florida and begins servicing cruise lines

“At Samuels & Son Seafood, we’ve built a 100- year tradition bringing superb seafood to market. I would like to personally welcome you to the next hundred years”

– Sam D’Angelo, Owner