Ciao Ciao everyone! 2013 is off to a great start at Upper Midwest Gourmet. Bethany and I traveled to Italy last month. Our first stop was Riccione where we met up with everyone from Fabbri in order to attend the SIGEP show. SIGEP is the largest gelato and pastry show in the world! While it’s a bit chilly in this NE coastal region in the winter, it was really warm compared to what was going on in Minneapolis, so the timing couldn’t have been better. We spent three days touring the show and eating (and drinking) our way around the town. SIGEP is always a great time and we were impressed with all the presentations put on by some of the best pastry chefs in Italy. Fabbri presented a number of new items that we’ll be able to start importing sometime this Spring that we’re really excited to show everyone. The pistachio and amarena cherry gelato pops in particular are going to be a great addition to many cafes in the USA. Fabbri hosted a large banquet with top notch entertainment and the Italians really know how to put on a party! Fabbri took that opportunity to present awards to some of their staff and distributors from around the world. To my surprise, Upper Midwest Gourmet was presented with the award for Best Distributor in North America in 2012! It was a complete shock, but we were honored to receive the award. No distributor has ever won the award more than once so now I have a new mission for the future.
There are a bunch more pictures from the show at the end of the blog post.