Nick Ferrante Sr. first pioneered the family business in the early 1960’s. From humble beginnings, the family’s retail business was cultivated, and over time success followed. As business progressed and the second generation joined the campaign, the ideas began to churn. Nick Sr., along with his family, decided to venture into the food service industry. Nick’s Italian Sausage Company was founded in 1976, and after years of perseverance and determination, the business gradually gained momentum and Nick’s Sausage became a nationally recognized brand. In 2007, Clemens Food Group acquired Nick’s Sausage Company. Rick Ferrante remained involved with the company but his duties quickly changed. However, the passion for making the finest quality sausage never ceased.