Vino De Milo
the origin of Milo Why the name Milo? Far before it was trendy, the name Milo was a Leal family name going back generations. Jonathan’s paternal grandfather Otis Milo Leal (named after an uncle Milo, believed to be the first) passed the name on to his son (and Jonathan’s father) William Milo Leal. Jonathan’s sister Jenny continued the tradition, with one of her twins being named Ethan Milo (joining Isaac William). Counting the company (and it is Jonathan’s baby!), the name Milo is now in its 6th generation and going strong! Vino de Milo is one of two brands owned by Milo’s — check out our other company, JB’s Best Sauces! where we started logoVino de milo began at a food business incubator, the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet). After some fits and starts, we finally got it figured out. A beautiful logo, the addition of wine, and we were off! It all started when an eggplant sauce for a catering gig led to a packaging experiment in the adjoining bottling facility. One thing led to another, wine was suggested & added, and vino de milo was born. Gifted graphic designer Kevin Morgan hand-drew the Vino de Milo chef on canvas using colorful charcoal. The name and the logo are perfect accompaniments to the beautiful ingredients you’ll find in each of our products. a commitment to fresh & local ingredients Some of our local suppliers for ingredients include: Hirzel: A fourth-generation family farm near Toledo, Ohio, they supply the tomatoes for our products. Woeber’s Mustard: A family-owned company in Springfield, Ohio, we get our Dijon-style mustard and most of the vinegars in our salad dressings from them. a commitment to quality Founded in 2003 by Jonathan Milo Leal, vino de milo has grown from 3 pasta sauces into a full line of from-scratch-made products, encompassing salad dressings, pasta sauces, bruschetta toppings, salsas, and BBQ sauces. Unlike many food companies, we make all of our products ourselves, using locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible. creativity and versatility As we’ve grown, we’ve added products and capabilities. We have an R&D chef on staff who develops all of our new products, and can easily customize new products for our retail customers. We continue to innovate; this year, for example, we added a new Moroccan Marinara, a truly unique pasta sauce that’s unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, and completely authentic to the culture that inspired it.