A main course featuring a pasta-making plant that will be the biggest in America.
A side dish of new jobs, allowing the company to continue as the country's top producer of pasta and sauces.
And a dessert that spices up Haverhill's place in the food market, putting the city on the national map.
The Nestle company has bought Joseph's Gourmet Pasta & Sauces, a move that will put foods produced locally onto supermarket shelves across the nation.
Nestle takes over Joseph's expanded building that is nearing completion at 232 Primrose St. - a frozen-filled pasta plant that will be the biggest of its kind in the country at 150,000 square feet.
The expansion of Joseph's 55,000-square-foot facility has been two years in the making. The new structure is nearly double the size of the original, measuring 95,000 square feet.
Joseph Faro Jr., founder and CEO of Joseph's, said the expansion will bring 150 to 200 jobs to Haverhill.
"Nestle has the ability to bring (our products) to every supermarket in the country," Faro said. "It's really great for Haverhill ... we expect to add about 150 to 200 jobs in three years."
Joseph's Gourmet Pasta & Sauces was sold to Nestle's Prepared Foods division. Joseph's Pasta will be integrated into the Buitoni North America brand of Nestle Prepared Foods. Buitoni is Nestle's authentic Italian brand, which has been producing pasta and sauces in Italy since 1827. It became part of the Nestle group in 1988.
Faro started Joseph's in 1991 right out of college, producing 300 to 500 pounds of pasta each week, by hand on the second floor of an old church. Sixteen years later, the company has expanded into a nationally known baking company based in Haverhill and is now a subsidiary of the biggest food and beverage company in the world.
"It's really more of a merger," Faro said. "(It allows the company) to utilize Nestle's assistance, capital and ability to take the company to the next level. We're really excited about it."
Faro added that the company's success is a testament to its great employees, many of whom are local people.
"It's been a lot of hard work," Faro said of his company's enormous growth in just 16 years. "The city has really been good to work with as well."
Mayor James Fiorentini said Nestle is the latest of a trend of food companies coming to Haverhill. Others include Cedar Foods, Silver Spoon and General Mills.
"It's a fabulous business, and we are absolutely thrilled to have it in Haverhill under new ownership," Fiorentini said. "The expansion will produce a substantial tax revenue increase."
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce helped supply Nestle with the initial information it requested on the city.
"It shows that (Haverhill) is on the map," Sally Cerasuolo-O'Rorke, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, said of the sale. "We helped provide a lot of information about Haverhill to Nestle. It's exciting to have large-name companies coming (here); we just have to hope they are community-minded."
Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said Faro will continue to run the company locally and will maintain a financial interest.
Joseph's will operate independently, but in partnership with Buitoni, famous for its dry pasta products. Buitoni is an independent business operating within Nestle Prepared Foods Company, which has headquarters in Solon, Ohio - just outside of Cleveland.
Joseph's Pasta is the nation's leading manufacturer of pasta and sauce products with more than 300 varieties. It has grown into a $40 million-a-year business employing more than 200 people in its Haverhill and Ayer facilities. More than 15,000 restaurants and supermarkets buy pasta and sauce products from Joseph's, including Olive Garden, Bertucci's, Legal Seafoods, Costco, Hannaford Brothers and Shaw's.
The facilities in Haverhill and Ayer will continue to operate, and Faro and his management team will continue to manage the sales and operation of the business.
Nestle admired Joseph's innovative processes and entrepreneurial spirit, and it was these attributes that attracted the Switzerland-based company.
"Our vision is to be the leader in the premium Italian food market, delivering upscale meals with the natural goodness of the Mediterranean," O'Hearn said. "Joseph's focus is on restaurant-quality pastas and sauces."
Joseph's Trattoria & Bakery on Oxford Avenue in Ward Hill is owned by the Faro family but will not be affected by the sale.
Nestle Prepared Foods Company has more than 7,000 employees in its manufacturing facilities and headquarter sites and is part of Nestle USA, which is owned by Nestle S.A. of Vevey, Switzerland.
What's Cooking at Joseph's
* 300 varieties of frozen-filled pastas and sauces.
* Annual profit of more than $40 million.
* Sold to Nestle Prepared Foods.
* 200 new jobs expected within three years.
* Building on Primrose Street will become the largest frozen-filled pasta plant in the nation.