The History of the Henry Gonsalves Company
The Henry Gonsalves Company was founded by Henry Gonsalves in 1948 with the mission of delivering the great flavors of Portugal to a growing Portuguese community here in America.
The Henry Gonsalves Company has a rich history of providing authentic Portuguese groceries to Portugal natives, first generation Portuguese descendants, and anyone else in search of real, robust Portuguese flavors. A first generation, American-born Portuguese descendent himself, Henry Gonsalves Senior ventured into the food industry in 1926 working on the docks in Jersey City.
Through relationship building, a commitment to quality, and the deep desire to share authentic Portuguese cuisine with everyone around him, Henry Gonsalves grew from being a charismatic chourico salesman to one of the largest importers and distributors of genuine Portuguese products known for quality in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. His son, Henry E. Gonsalves, started working at the company when he was in the eighth grade, eventually became president and has helped grow the Henry Gonsalves Company into what it is today.
The company has maintained its deep roots while branching out to provide gift baskets and packaged groceries. Portuguese cuisine lovers turn to Gonsalves for bake-and-serve favorites Pasteis de Nata and Pao de Beira, as well as high quality cured meats such as authentic smoked sausages and presunto trasmontano. Most know us for Bom Petisco (our most popular brand), our bacalhau (dried, salted codfish), and Portuguese olive oil, cheeses, and canned fish.
One thing that will never change is the Henry Gonsalves Company commitment to both serving America's Portuguese with the best possible food products from Portugal, and also serving as a dedicated corporate citizen consistently giving back to its community - just as Henry Gonsalves Senior envisioned.