Agostoni family’s story: the passionate pursuit of excellence in raw materials quality, trading partner equity, precision processing and—ultimately—delicious chocolate
In 1997, Icam took up the challenge of “organic products”: in collaboration with the farmers, the company became a pioneer in the organic chocolate market.
The new production facility in Orsenigo, equipped with the latest technologies was inaugurated in 2010.
Today, the company is one of the few in the world that has adopted a system of vertical integration, allowing total control over the supply chain: from the selection of cocoa plantations in the territory of origin to the personalization ( all semi- nished products are in-house produced). The production plant in Italy is designed to offer an exceptional quality and full traceability, completes the quality control, respecting the environment and the local community.
The future sees Icam projected in an international dimension, towards the expansion of its markets well beyond the 70 ones it already supplies. The third generation, that has joined the company during the last 5 years, is carrying forward the values of the company, which are, after all, those of the family: passion, research, selection of best ingredients, respect for people, without any compromise on the quality of the products.
On the occasion of its anniversary, Icam Cioccolatieri presents Agostoni, a new proposal dedicated to professionals, which takes its name from the founding family and celebrates 70 years of commitment in the pursuit of excellence.
ICAM chocolate is the result of the undying passion handed down by the Agostoni family since 1946, virtuosos of a genuine chocolate culture made in Italy.
Passion, creativity and a close eye on market trends have made it possible to achieve this goal: for 70 years these have represented the essence of ICAM, a well known and successful brand with the best professionals all over the world, that cherish the flavour of its chocolate and the quality of the raw materials, grown in respect of environment, social and economic sustainability.
Born from the initiative of Silvio Agostoni who, just after the war, established an artisanal workshop in Lecco to produce sugar, Icam immediately developed an interest in chocolate which was considered no longer a luxury product, but a quality product at an accessible price, to bring to every family. Thanks to the collaboration with Vitali, Icam created an innovative horizontal press that gave a more ef cient and uniform production. Ten years after its establishment, Icam reached industrial dimensions.
In 1961 the founder died prematurely; his wife Carolina Vanini and her brothers Giancarlo and Urbano continued to run the company and the program of excellence. From the Seventies, with the arrival of the eldest son Angelo Agostoni in the company, Icam started searching cocoa in the best plantations developing a close collaboration with the farmers. In the Eighties Icam opened an in-house Quality Control laboratory and production technologies continued to be improved.
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