Pat Salvi, who has emerged in recent years as an investor in independent and summer-collegiate baseball, is upping the ante with the formation of a food and beverage company.
His first effort with Salvi Food & Beverage, LLC: Bringing Ben’s Soft Pretzels to the ballparks in Gary, Indiana and Schaumburg, Illinois. While Ben’s Soft Pretzels have been featured at some home games for the Gary-SouthShore RailCats, they will now have a permanent home at both ballparks. The inspiration: sampling Ben’s Soft Pretzels while taking in Notre Dame football games.
“Giving fans the best experience at the ball park is very important to us,” said Pete Laven, president of Salvi Sports Enterprises LLC.. “The addition of Salvi Food & Beverage will allow us to bring more dining options to our great baseball fans. Ben’s Soft Pretzels was a natural first choice. Everyone who has had one says it’s the best soft pretzel they have ever had.”
Ben’s Soft Pretzels was started in 2008 in Elkhart, Indiana by a local business man and an Amish baker. The pretzels were first sold at Concord Mall in Elkhart and are now available throughout Indiana. They are also available at Murray State, University of Wisconsin, and at most University of Notre Dame sporting events. The pretzels have no harsh preservatives and are made with top shelf ingredients.
Salvi own the Schaumburg Boomers (independent; Frontier League) and the Gary-SouthShore RailCats (independent; American Association), as well as the North Shore Navigators (summer collegiate; Futures League).
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