Sicilian Gelato in U.S.


Catania’s Belpasso food processing plant has signed a contract with U.S. distributor Kroger to produce an initial 2.5 million tubs of authentic Sicilian ice cream for sale on the American market.

The ice cream, which is to be marketed under the Italian name gelato, will be produced in six flavors: pistachio, hazelnut, stracciatella, chocolate, lemon and cappuccino. Other flavors including white chocolate, vanilla and banana are due to be added next year.

Belpasso is owned by Sicilian Sun Corporation of the American holding company Firma, which aims to turn the plant into a manufacturing hub for traditional Sicilian products destined for the American market.

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