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S P E C I A L T Y M E AT S

STAYING
NIMBLE
THROUGH
ADVERSITY
Cola Foods rose to the challenge during the pandemic
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operation. Gio kept things moving along while
its stakeholders figured out how to handle this
unprecedented situation.
"You get to know what kind of person you
are when it happens. Put it this way, you're
either going to snap to it, or you're just going to
crumble," Gio said.
As cases began to rise around the
Northeast, the entire team at Cola devised the
protocols and precautions to keep their 28
workers safe. They shut down the building to
all visitors, took temperatures of all employees
that came to work - if anyone had symptoms,
they quarantined for 14 days until they got a
test reporting they were negative.
Every 25 minutes, designated Cola workers
sanitized doorknobs and high-use surfaces.
They provided sanitary kits to drivers to keep
them healthy.

Photos: Cola Foods Inc.

ola Foods Inc., a meat processor based
in Cranston, RI, outside of Providence,
has seen the evolution of the meat
industry since it started business in 1958.
But something unknown kept their
president and chief executive officer, John
Colagiovanni, working the phones from home
for the first few weeks of the coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic. But home officing only
worked for a short time.
"After two weeks at home, I couldn't handle
it anymore. I said, 'that's it I've got to come in,'"
John said.
With more than 40 years of running the meat
operation, John is moving toward passing the
family operation to his son, Gio Colagiovanni.
So Gio, currently the plant manager for
Cola Foods, urged his father to stay home
while he came in to maintain the in-person


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