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BRIANNAS Celebrates 40 Years of Premium Dressing Recipes

A History of Family, Flavor, and Focus on Small Batches

BRENHAM, Texas - It began in a family home, in the kitchen, where togetherness naturally centers around food. The better the food, the merrier the times. It was there where the Browns, an Austin, Texas family, blended quality ingredients into beloved flavorful recipes for salad dressing and hot sauce. In 1982, as demand for these recipes increased, Del Sol Food Company was born. Del Sol eventually became BRIANNAS Fine Salad Dressings. This year, the family business celebrates its 40th anniversary.

For a limited time, BRIANNAS will be commemorating their anniversary with special edition packaging on their top five Home Style flavors, including the best-selling Rich Poppy Seed, Blush Wine Vinaigrette, Asiago Caesar, Real French Vinaigrette, and New American Creamy Balsamic. The packaging is on store shelves now, but only for a limited time.

In many ways, the BRIANNAS story hasn't changed over time; it's only grown. The number one premium salad dressing brand in the United States has accomplished a lot in the past four decades while still maintaining a close connection with its roots.

By 1984, only two years into the business, it had grown too large to stay in a family kitchen, so they moved the company to a 10,000 square foot Chappell Hill facility, less than 100 miles east of Austin. The production room only comprised a small percentage of that square footage, 480 square feet to be exact. It was intentionally kept small to allow for the continuation of a small-batch process of making the dressings and sauces.

Extremely hands-on in every sense of the word, the family made a 10-gallon batch each day. That was enough for five or six cases. Such small batches allow for greater control of proportions, resulting in a premium flavor that can be attributed to this special blending technique of high-quality ingredients. The original four home style recipes were Poppy Seed, Creamy Italian, Vinaigrette and Blue Cheese. In addition to blending batches by hand, family members and employees also chopped ingredients, filled bottles, and attached labels by hand.

“Del Sol,” meaning “of the sun,” was an apt name for a company founded in the Texas Hill Country, but it didn't adequately connote the premium quality of the brand that was continuing to grow. In 1988, the BRIANNAS brand name was born as the result of combining the names of two family members: Marianne and Brian. (The brand never had an apostrophe.)`

With a new brand name came the need for new packaging. Hiring Hively Designs from Houston for the task turned out to be an award-winning decision. The now-iconic artwork and package design conveyed the premium nature of the dressing inside and earned a prestigious CLIO advertising award.

BRIANNAS stayed in the Chappell Hill community for 22 years before expanding into a facility in nearby Brenham, Texas that was more than four times the size of the Chappell Hill facility.

In 2017, BRIANNAS was sold to the La Costeña, a privately held, family-owned company in Mexico City, Mexico under the Sabormex family of brands. La Costeña and Sabormex are globally recognized leaders in the packaged foods industry with the same commitment to quality and the centrality of food grown from small origins focusing on great tasting and innovative products that make the lives of consumers easier.

Things have moved rapidly in the past five years, despite a global pandemic. BRIANNAS launched an organic line of dressings in 2019, with five flavors to appeal to an increasingly health-aware market: Organic Honey Ginger Vinaigrette, Organic Red Wine, Organic Mango Vinaigrette, Organic Rich Poppy Seed, and Organic French Vinaigrette.

In 2020, for the first time in 32 years, BRIANNAS updated the package design. While the iconic artwork remains, the logo was updated and modernized.

By 2021, with the launch of a line of dressings made with 100% avocado oil, BRIANNAS had a portfolio of 24 flavors, an exceptional recipe feat.

“Through booms, recessions and, more recently, a global pandemic, BRIANNAS has stood the test of time simply because we have consistently made delicious salad dressings,” says Scott Eckert, president and CEO of BRIANNAS. “Customers appreciate high-quality flavor.” On the year of the company's 40th anniversary, 2022, Nielsen reports that BRIANNAS is the #1 premium salad dressing brand in the US, the #1 organic salad dressing brand in dollar sales, the #1 Poppy Seed salad dressing, the #1 Cilantro salad dressing, and the #1 Mango salad dressing. BRIANNAS has every reason to be proud.

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History

For more than 40 years, BRIANNAS has produced dressings in small batches to ensure quality and consistent, great tasting flavors in every bottle.

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Founded in 1982 as the Del Sol Food Company, Inc., BRIANNAS Fine Salad Dressings grew out of a desire to create a superior product with family pride and consistent high quality. BRIANNAS signature salad dressings originally began in Austin, Texas, handcrafted in small batches in a little family kitchen. BRIANNAS has retained high quality, small batch, and unique flavors since our founding over 40 years ago. With conventional, organic, and avocado oil product lines, BRIANNAS offers consumers tasty and substantial salad dressings and remains eager to continue providing consistently flavorful, high-quality options.

Timeline

1982:

Started as the Del Sol Food Company, Inc in Austin, Texas making salad dressing and hot sauce.

1984:

Operations move from Austin to Chappell Hill, Texas.

1992:

The company changed the name of dressing to BRIANNAS, a combination of two family names, and also released new labels earning a CLIO award.

2006:

Del Sol Food built a 55,000 square foot production facility in Brenham, Texas to manufacture BRIANNAS.

2017:

Sabormex, a leading manufacturer in Mexico, acquired Del Sol Food and BRIANNAS becomes a part of their rich portfolio.

2019:

Launched a line of Organic salad dressings and acquired a new 50,000 square foot global distribution center in Brenham.

2020:

Updated the packaging to highlight the brand name and increase the size of the iconic illustrations.

2021:

Launched a line of Avocado Oil dressings made with 100% avocado oil.

2022:

Celebrates 40 years as a premium salad dressing company!

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Product Lines

With three flavorful product lines, BRIANNAS appeals to a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences without ever compromising small batch goodness.

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Born in a family kitchen, BRIANNAS conventional dressings continue to represent the best of home style foods: premium ingredients, small batch production, and unforgettable flavor.

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Bursting with our famous flavor. Rich, delicious, and made with only premium certified non-GMO ingredients, BRIANNAS Organic Dressings contain no artificial flavors, synthetic colors, chemicals, or preservatives.

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Avocado oil offers the antioxidants and nutrient absorption of avocados while providing a smooth texture as the foundation of BRIANNAS newest dressing line made with 100% avocado oil.

The Process

BRIANNAS is exceptionally intentional about the process used to craft flavorful recipes and maintain consistent quality in every bottle of salad dressing.

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Having initially found success by handcrafting recipes in a small family kitchen, BRIANNAS has retained the small batch process despite the company's exponential growth. Optimal flavor and consistency require a process that involves adding select, premium ingredients to each recipe by hand. It's this hands-on attention to detail that makes BRIANNAS recipes burst with flavor.

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Accolades

BRIANNAS is the brand of premium dressings that delivers uniquely delicious, homestyle dressings, making the foods we love special and taste better.

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BRIANNAS customers are taste driven, balanced health consumers. Their brand loyalty has made BRIANNAS the #1 premium salad dressing brand in the United States. Recent Nielsen data (2022) shows how specific dressings rank within the category.

  • 2.5 billion dollar category
  • BRIANNAS has 2.7% Dollar Share, 2% Unit Share
  • 70.1% ACV across all channels in the US
  • #1 Premium salad dressing brand in the US
  • #1 Organic salad dressing brand in dollar sales
  • #1 Poppy Seed salad dressing in the US
  • #1 Cilantro salad dressing in the US
  • #1 Mango salad dressing in the US
  • Top 3 Caesar Dressing in the US

RecipesTaste the goodness

BRIANNAS dressings appeal to lovers of leafy green salads and much, much more.

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Italian Pasta Salad

Does the occasion call for a pasta salad? Here's a pasta salad recipe that's as fresh as it is delicious, using BRIANNAS Home Style Italian Vinaigrette dressing.

COOK TIME: 10 Minutes

PREP TIME: 15 Minutes

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Ingredients

  • 6 ounces pepperoni sausage, diced
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package tri-color rotini pasta
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 (6 ounce) can pitted black olives
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • ➀ Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • ➁ Add rotini pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente.
  • ➂ Drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, mix the cooled pasta, pepperoni, provolone cheese, red onion, cucumber, green and red bell peppers, olives, basil, and Parmesan cheese.
  • ➃ Pour BRIANNAS Italian Vinaigrette Dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat.
  • ➄ Cover and chill 6-8 hours in the refrigerator.

Serves 8.

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Apple Cider Chicken Marinade Salad

This apple cider chicken marinade makes chicken tender & juicy for a delicious fall harvest salad. Topped with sliced apples, candied butter pecans, and shaved Pecorino Romano cheese, it is truly a delectable dish!.

COOK TIME: 10 Minutes

PREP TIME: 3 Hours

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 cups baby kale
  • 2 red apples
  • Pecorino Romano, shaved
  • Marinade
  • 1 bottle Organic Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp tarragon or basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Candied Butter Pecans
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions

  • ➀ In a large bowl, combine chicken, all but 1/3 c. BRIANNAS dressing, dried onion, salt, pepper, and tarragon or basil.
  • ➁ Let the chicken marinate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • ➂ Meanwhile, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat.
  • ➃ Add the pecans and toss to coat, continuing to cook for 3-4 minutes while tossing.
  • ➄ Pour onto a piece of wax paper and let cool completely.
  • ➅ After your chicken has marinated, heat your grill and cook chicken breasts over medium heat until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • ➆ Let the chicken rest 5 minutes while you prepare the salad.
  • ➇ Prepare the salad by tossing arugula and baby kale with 1/3 c. reserved BRIANNAS Organic Apple Cider Vinaigrette, then top with candied pecans, sliced apples, shaved Pecorino Romano, and sliced, grilled chicken breast.
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Bruschetta Pasta Salad

This easy-to-follow Bruschetta Pasta Salad recipe screams summer! The fresh ingredients will pair perfectly with BRIANNAS Avocado Oil Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette..

COOK TIME: 20 Minutes

PREP TIME: 10 Minutes

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups bread, cubed, and dry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 oz bow tie pasta
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped, more for garnish
  • ½ cup Avocado Oil Classic Balsamic
  • Vinaigrette, or to taste
  • ½ cup parmesan shaved, more for garnish

Directions

  • ➀ Heat skillet with olive oil under medium heat. When skillet is hot, add cubed bread and salt, stirring continuously until they are light golden brown and crispy. Remove from heat and set aside. Alternatively, skip this step and use store-bought croutons.
  • ➁ Bring water to boil in a pot, and cook bow tie pasta according to package instructions. Remove from heat, strain to remove water, then set aside.
  • ➂ In a large bowl, bring together pasta, cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, and BRIANNAS Avocado Oil Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette. Toss to combine.
  • ➃ Add parmesan and toasted croutons. Toss to combine.
  • ➄ Optional: garnish with more basil and parmesan if desired.
  • ➅ Serve and enjoy