Paul Farber, Founder of De Medici Imports, Dies
Paul Farber, the founder of De Medici Imports, died on Nov. 29. He was 82.
De Medici Imports is a gourmet specialty division of Atalanta Corp., based in Elizabeth, N.J., and is known for its artisan foods from the Mediterranean.
Farber owned and operated De Medici Imports from 1987 to 2007, a period in which specialty foods experienced a surge in trade, consumer interest and growth. Known particularly for the highest quality ingredients produced by European artisans, De Medici was one of the first to introduce genuine Tuscan olive oil to the U.S. market.
In 2007 Farber sold De Medici Imports to the Gellert Family. He then stayed on for a period of a few years as a consultant. In 2016, he was inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame.
George G. Gellert, chairman of Gellert Global Group, said, “Paul was a keen marketer and curator of fine taste, and was key in developing many of the relationships that make up the De Medici portfolio. While we mourn his passing, Paul left his footprint on what is De Medici today. We are forever grateful to Paul and for his contribution to our organization.”
His obituary is available here.