Justin Comparetto, co-founder of JustRyt Foods, which is a GrowFL 2017 Florida Companies to Watch honoree, launched the company at the urging of his grandfather Joe Comparetto, who planted the seed with one idea and one business connection.
“My grandfather Joe came to us with an idea of selling olives,” he said. “My co-founder Ryan and I knew nothing about it, but we were both young and ambitious and didn’t have any plans set for future so we figured we’d jump into it. I was 19 at the time. I threw 12 different types of olives in my car and started knocking on doors. We started with 48 square foot storage space and now we’re in a 20,000 square foot warehouse with 2,400 items.”
JustRyt Foods imports and wholesales gourmet Italian food products.
“We are the go-to people for any authentic Italian food products,” Comparetto explained. “We have a distribution side which is a multitude of brands that we provide for our customers, and we also have the Giusto Sapore side which is our own exclusive label. We have a competitive edge because we import authentic, high-quality gourmet products and offer items most other distributers can’t. Our customers requested us to supply items that other larger companies couldn’t supply. That's how we found a niche helping others expand their business."
Comparetto is thankful for the recognition as a GrowFL Florida Company To Watch in 2017.
"Being nominated for this wonderful award has been so amazing," he said. "We're finally getting recognition for our hard work, blood, sweat and tears that we’ve put into the company. The staff is excited and thrilled about the nomination. They are so happy to see their hard work is getting us somewhere and getting us recognized."
Comparetto's advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to push through the hard times and never doubt yourself.
"Never give up,” he said. “As soon as you get that doubt in your mind, everything falls apart. Stay positive. Make it happen. If things are tough, so what? Deal with it and push through. Don’t be afraid to work hard.”