Lucini Italia and Delverde Pasta Official Sponsors of the Sony Ericsson Open

Miami, FL (March 19, 2012) - Lucini Italia and Delverde Pasta are proud to announce that they are Gold Sponsors for the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, making them the official olive oil and pasta of the tennis tournament. Considered to be one of the most prestigious titles in professional tennis, the Sony Ericsson Open takes place in Key Biscayne, Fla., March 21 through April 3 and is host to the leading male and female tennis players in the world.

Players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and more will enjoy Delverde pasta topped with Lucini® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil® and other gourmet Lucini products in the tournament’s players lounge. Likewise, members and guests of the tournament’s Champions Club will have the option of ordering authentic Italian recipes prepared with Delverde and Lucini.

In addition to feeding the players, coaches and important guests, Lucini and Delverde will have two sampling sessions at Gate C during the sessions on March 21 and March 25 for tournament attendees. Spectators will receive a pack of premium Delverde® Penne Rigate and an exclusive offer that can be redeemed at Lucini.com.

“We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious tournament and feed some of the top athletes in the world,” said David Neuman, president of Lucini Italia. “Premium pasta and a high-quality extra virgin olive oil are essential to a healthy, well balanced diet.”

Both companies are committed to producing authentic, superior quality Italian products that are made with most cared for ingredients – including fresh spring water from the Verde River, coveted semolina wheat from Puglia and Tuscan estate grown, handpicked olives.

About Lucini Italia
Lucini’s family of gourmet Italian foods have been a celebrity chef favorite since the company’s inception in 1997. Voted Cook’s Illustrated “Top Supermarket Extra Virgin Olive Oil” and a staple in Bon Appetit Magazine’s test kitchen, Lucini’s extra virgin olive oil has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in The Oprah Magazine’s ‘The O List’. For a complete list of products as well as chef-inspired recipes, visit Lucini on the web at www.lucini.com.

About Delverde Pasta
Founded in 1967, Delverde uses artisan methods and the best ingredients available to produce over 40 cuts of authentic Italian pasta. Delverde is located in Abruzzo, Italy, inside the pristine Majella National Park, in what is known as the best region in the world for pasta producers.  Sold in over 50 countries, Delverde is a leading brand of premium pasta in Italy. The Delverde Pasta brand is part of Molinos USA Corp, a subsidiary of Molinos Rio de la Plata S.A. Learn more about Delverde Pasta at www.delverde.com.  

About the Sony Ericsson Open
The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open will be played at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami. The two-week combined event is owned and operated by IMG and is widely regarded as the most glamorous event on the ATP and WTA Tours drawing over 300,000 guests each year including the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports. For ticket information, call (305) 442-3367 or visit the website at http://www.SonyEricssonOpen.com.