A produce and food products professional for nearly two decades, Cesare Della Santina has worked for a wide range of retail, wholesale, and food service companies. As his skill and knowledge grew, he began to think about starting his own business. Cesare Della Santina made this dream a reality in 2000 when he began brokering the import of fresh garlic, ginger, and shallots from Asia and Europe. Operating under the name CDS Brokers, this organization attracted such a large number of initial clients that it drastically expanded its product line and made the transition from broker to importer in less than 12 months.
In an effort to rebrand his company as an all-inclusive produce import business, Mr. Della Santina rechristened CDS Brokers as CDS Foods in 2013. This name change was meant to draw attention to the organization’s diverse line of specialty produce such as dragon fruit, pomelos, taros, and ya pears. CDS Foods also imports and distributes products from natural snack food through its brand, City Snacks.