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2016 National Restaurant Show

2016 National Restaurant Show(Chicago, May 2016)
This year’s NRA brought chefs, chocolatiers and restaurant, café and bakery owners to the Global Organics booth to sample desserts and snacks made with genuine Italian-crafted chocolate by Agostoni.

Thumps up were given to the biscotti coated with Organic Monte Bianco white chocolate, butter cookies dipped in San Primo organic dark 60% chocolate and chocolate bark made with a fair trade organic dark 70% chocolate with no added soy emulsifier (great for vegan products).

 

"LA DOLCE ITALIA" - 42 Receipt with Icam linea professionale chocolate

LA DOLCE ITALIA - 42 Receipt with Icam linea professionale chocolateMarch 2016 - During the 6 months of EXPO Milano 2015, ICAM Linea Professionale had the pleasure to collaborate with Conpait and organize together some events on the stage of the Cocoa and Chocolate Cluster, where pastry chef and ice cream makers were the main characters. From this experience was realized the book “La Dolce Italia – Da Expo al Futuro. Un viaggio da gustare” (“ The Sweet Italy – From Expo to the future. A tasting trip”), designed by Conpait and published by Chiriotti Editori. This book tells about a journey across Italy, where raw material of high premium quality become innovative and tasty recipes thank to the professionals of the Association; among these recipes Icam Chocolate stands out as protagonist. The realization of this book includes also a charity aspect as a percentage on the whole sales will be donated to the Umberto Veronesi Foundation to support a scientific scholarship. The book presents 42 recipes, 28 about pastry and 14 about ice cream. Every single recipe is composed by the picture, the nutritional value, the execution time; all in Italian and in English. These are very easy recipes with a guaranteed result and these are usefull not only for professionals but also for all the cooking lovers. The first part of the book tells about thoughts and consideration by Conpait President, Federico Anzellotti; the Director of Rimini Fiera Business Unit, Patrizia Cecchi; the Chief Editor of the Editorial Company, Livia Chiriotti; the Eurochocolate Director, Eugenio Guarducci, the General Director of the Umberto Veronesi Fondation, Monnia Onnis and Monica Gagliardi. Following there are some pages of history dedicated to the Italian Pastry Chef Confederation , Sigep , Umberto Veronesi Foundation and Eurochocolate . We invite all professionals, food and chocolate lovers to discover this journey through the tipical italian flavours.

 

2016 Natural Products Expo West

2016 Winter Fancy Food Show(Anaheim, March 2016)
Natural Products Expo West set an all time record this year with 77,000 attendees. The Global Organics booth was busy with people trying Agostoni’s premium non-GMO and organic chocolate. Many tasters who professed they didn’t like white chocolate were amazed by Agostoni’s Monte Bianco white chocolate with its creamy texture and rich vanilla and eggnog-like flavor. The full array of semi-finished products was on display including cocoa butter, powder and chocolate liquor.

 

Biofach 2016

Biofach 2016(Nuremberg, February 2016)
For more than a decade the company has been leading this segment thanks to the skills matured in direct relations with cocoa growers and an in-depth knowledge of the processing cycle.
At Biofach, which will be held in Nuremberg from 10th to 13th February 2016, ICAM will be presenting the complete range of its finished products and the semi-finished solutions reserved for industry and mass retail and private labels, where the organic origins of the ingredients offer unique and rich notes of flavour. GO*DO is a top-quality chocolate, an absolutely sustainable brand with direct control over the whole supply chain: “from beans to bars”. The special attention to the cocoa growing, the harvesting of the beans and the subsequent production processes make Go*Do chocolate unique. The Go*Do cocoa plantations lie in the regions that are best known for high-quality cocoa crops: Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Peru.

Come and visit us: HALL 4 STAND 4-641. http://www.biofach.de

 

The new product catalogues dedicated to professional market.

The new product catalogues dedicated to professional market.Jannuary 2016 - Discover all the news: The new brand Agostoni, the celebrating product range for the 70th Anniversary of ICAM. Products that as always represent the excellence of Icam chocolate and the performance and technical features that let each recipe be unique and tasty.

 

SIGEP RIMINI 2016 - Icam Cioccolatieri celebrates its 70th anniversary and presents Agostoni.

SIGEP RIMINI 2016 - Icam Cioccolatieri celebrates its 70th anniversary and presents AgostoniJannuary 2016 - We invite you at Sigep to immerse yourself in the fascinating story of Icam in the cocoa plantations and to taste the wide range of products in the Icam Linea Professionale. Much more than an excellent cocoa: a story of passion, competence and social responsability, relationships based on fairness, transparency and mutual trust, in the pursuit of quality. On the occasion of its anniversary, Icam Cioccolatieri presents Agostoni, a new brand dedicated to professionals, which takes its name from the founding family and celebrates 70 years of commitment in the pursuit of excellence. Agostoni celebrates the crowning excellence of cocoa and completes Icam Linea Professionale product range with a proposal of high premium chocolate for chocolate connoisseurs. The Agostoni family has been cultivating its own culture of chocolate in Icam for 3 generations, and it has lead the company to be today the Italian reference producer for high quality cocoa processing. A challenging process that starts from the research of great single origin cocoa, with extraordinary, unique and fine flavour profiles, coming from carefully selected plantations, in territories where cocoa is historically an integrating part of their culture, and completes itself by strictly applying modern and delicate production techniques. The particular attention in developing well balanced recipes enables the Company to offer a range of chocolates with an articulate and authentic taste profile and a technical performance specially developed for the most refined professionals. Agostoni holds a remarkable selection of premium products, as a result of the careful management of an integrated supply chain, and brings together an exclusive collection of recipes that are really special and unique and capable of surprising even the most demanding chocolate lovers. Grand Cru and single origin cocoa in the form of chocolate couvertures, cocoa paste and powder with great personality will allow chocolate-makers, confectioners and ice-cream makers to interpret cocoa according to their inspiration, to offer their customers a surprising taste experience. The 70 years experience is fully expressed in the proposal of a wide range of Grand Cru Los Bejucos - Dominican Single Origin, the good quality of which has been recognized by the Minister of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic with a Certificate of Designation of Origin. The region which historically is the origin of the well-known “Hispaniola” cocoa, a territory with a unique fertility and microclimate, a natural scenery of rich variety of flora and fauna life that gives birth to a cocoa with large and elongated beans and an important presence of Criollo. The quality of the fermentation, which is homogeneous and complete, refines the flavour profile of this cocoa. Come and visit us: HALL B3 STAND 200.

 

2016 Winter Fancy Food Show

2016 Winter Fancy Food Show(San Francisco, January 2016)
Agostoni Chocolate joined the excitement at this year’s Fancy Food Show and met with food artisans and entrepreneurs interested in premium non-GMO and organic chocolate couvertures, chips, chunks, and cocoa.

Chocolatiers, pastry chefs, and chocolate buyers sampled an array of Agostoni single origin chocolates including chocolates from Madagascar, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. With the growing popularity of white chocolate, Agostoni featured their Bellagio white chocolate, which has a rich dairy flavor, rounded with vanilla and caramel.

 

Natural Products Expo East

Natural Products Expo East(Baltimore, September 2015)
Over 25,000 people attended Natural Products Expo East, the largest organic and natural food and beverage event on the east coast.

Global Organics’ booth visitors enjoyed a selection of expertly crafted truffles made with Agostoni chocolate, including a Meyer lemon white chocolate truffle featuring Monte Bianco organic white chocolate, a creamy gianduia ganache truffle featuring gianduia hazelnut and Finissimo organic milk chocolate, and a rich dark chocolate truffle featuring Tremezzo organic dark chocolate.

 

The case history of Perù: from coca leaf to the cocoa bean

The case history of Perù: from coca leaf to the cocoa bean(22 July 2015) Topic of the event: the extraordinary effort made by Peru to encourage the replacement of the coca fields, of which the country is a leading producer worldwide, with the cocoa plantation. A strong commitment pursued by Peruvian institutions together with local cooperatives of farmers, and whose success is guaranteed also by the continuous support of responsible managers and customers, such as ICAM and lately Otto Chocolates.
This is the experience brought in Expo by the cooperative Acopagro and the Italian chocolate company ICAM. In Peru, the good practices in agriculture have been able to fight the drug trade and in some virtuous reality, where previously people cultivated coca, now you can find farmers cultivating cocoa, which is now exported maintaining economic advantages for producers.
Acopagro exports mainly to Italy, where it met ICAM - "Today the economic performance of the cocoa cultivation competes with what comes from the cultivation of coca - said the President of ICAM, Angelo Agostoni - This is the extraordinary turning point. Today there are any economic reasons to return to cultivate coca. The production chain goes beyond the borders of Peru and continues in companies like ours, to consumers. "
Icam imports from Peru 5000 tons of cocoa a year by various cooperatives. 3,500 of which are organic and Fairtrade cocoa.
"We have been cooperated with Acopagro since six years, we have shared our know-how, we have supported the improvement of the product’s quality. The purchase of the cocoa product by Icam has become very important to allow the consolidation and the growth of the cooperative ".

According to Unodoc data, the ONU Office for the fight against Drugs and Crime, in 2014 the area in Peru where coca was cultivated decreased by the 14% compared to 2013. This is the result of the commitment of Peruvian cooperatives such as Acopagro that brings together 2,000 farmers and is now in seventh place among the top 10 exporters of cocoa in Peru. "We started about 20 years ago, when it seemed impossible to talk with farmers about replacing coca with cocoa - said the commercial director of Acopagro, Gonzalo Rios - Now we are one of the main producers of organic cocoa in the country. We offer a product that has an international market and, above all, the farmers live better, they use the most innovative agricultural technologies and they have access to the micro-credit, a key tool to convert the cultivations. We were also able to set up awards for the quality of their cocoa and grants for their children."

 

2015 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

2015 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo(Chicago, July 2015)
Food professionals from all over the globe gathered in Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists' 75th Annual Meeting and Expo.
The Global Organics’ booth was busy with attendees tasting a variety of organic chocolate ingredients including Agostoni Chocolate's new Organic Dark 70% Chocolate Chips made without emulsifier for food processors who are looking to avoid soy.

Also available for sampling were Organic Dark Chocolate Chunks with 70% cocoa and Organic Monte Bianco White Chocolate known for its rich dairy flavor and fragrance of vanilla.

 

National Restaurant Show

National Restaurant Show(Chicago, May 2015)
The 96th National Restaurant Show, the largest restaurant and foodservice show in the U.S., was held in Chicago, May 16-19, with 63,000 registrants.
Agostoni Chocolate invited attendees to taste premium single estate and single origin chocolate couvertures and their most popular organic chocolate, San Primo Dark 60%. Food service operators had high praise for the Agostoni’s well-balanced and exceptionally rich semi-finished chocolate.

 

Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo West(Anaheim, March 2015)
Decades of Ethical Sourcing was the theme of the Agostoni Chocolate display at the recent Expo in Anaheim, California.
Sourcing cocoa beans direct from farmer cooperatives in the Dominican Republic and Peru was highlighted.
Attendees sampled Organic Monte Bianco White Chocolate and Organic Single Origin Peru Dark 70% Chocolate as well as luscious Gianduia Chocolate made with hazelnut and chocolate paste.

 

The International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York

The International Restaurant and Food Service Show of New York(New York City, March 2015)
The Javits Center in New York City was hopping with restaurant owners, chefs and food service operators looking for new products and culinary creations.
The Agostoni Chocolate booth delighted attendees with samples of single origin chocolate couvertures from Ecuador, Madagascar and Peru.
Also featured were two dark chocolates with 75% cocoa content and intense flavors, from single estates in the Dominican Republic.

 

ICAM IN EXPO 2015 - YOUR SHOWCASE TO THE WORLD

Winter Fancy Food ShowApril 2015 - ICAM will be one of the leading companies at the Cocoa and Chocolate Cluster in EXPO Milano 2015: a worldwide ambassador for Italian excellence in the art of chocolate-making that will take visitors on a journey to the cocoa lands.
The venue is a dedicated space at the Chocolate Italian Districts pavilion, set aside specially for parts of Italy that boast a high-quality chocolate-making tradition (Turin in Piedmont, Perugia in Umbria and Modica in Sicily).

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Icam linea professionale. Sustainable excellence at Sigep

Icam linea professionale. Sustainable excellence at Sigep(Rimini, January 15, 2015, HALL B3 - Stand 200)
We invite you at Sigep to immerse yourself in the fascinating story of Icam in the cocoa plantations and to taste the wide range of products in the Icam Linea Professionale. Much more than an excellent cocoa: a story of passion, competence and social responsability, relationships based on fairness, transparency and mutual trust, in the pursuit of quality. Next to the chocolate couvertures and raw materials, we will present the last born of the range: Milk Chocolate Igloo Latte Intenso, 40% cocoa, intense flavor of milk and cocoa, a balanced sweetness, delicately caramelized. Chocolate Chunks, dark – Cocoa 45%, milk - cocoa 29% and whitei, designed for bakery products, high temperatures cooking resistant. Thanks to their texture, they enrich cakes, croissants, leavened products, cookies. Special in muffins and shortbead. Decoricam: a completely new assortment of decorations, that blend the Italian style with chocolate. Exclusive and modern graphics, attention to detail, vibrant contemporary colors. Dark, milk and white Chocolate Chococrock, small pearls of 3-5 mm of chocolate covered grain, shiny and smooth, powerful flavor and great crispness, excellent as a crispy layer or inclusion in ganache and fillings, ice cream and frozen desserts, mousses and easy-to-spread creams.

 

Winter Fancy Food Show

Winter Fancy Food Show(San Francisco, January 11-13, 2015, Booth 4840)
The West Coast’s largest specialty food and beverage show took place January 11-13. The Agostoni Chocolate booth attracted many visitors who tasted an array of fine chocolate ingredients.
Samples included two single estate chocolates from the Dominican Republic, Los Palmaritos Dark 75% and Los Vasquez Dark 75%; their distinct flavor profiles representative of the land where the beans were cultivated, either mountains or shaded valleys.
Chefs were excited to hear about Agostoni’s direct sourcing programs in both Central/South America and East Africa and how the Agostoni program benefits the people in those farming communities.

 

Added two new videos in the page About us

The page About us has been updated with two new videos named THE ORIGINS OF SUSTAINABLE COCOA - A trip with Icam through the Dominican Dominican and QUALITY THAT EVOLVES - Icam's project in Uganda

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Natural Products Expo East

Philadelphia National Candy(September 2014) The Natural Products Expo show in Baltimore, MD brought together more new exhibitors, more new products and more attendees (23,000) than ever before. The Organic Trade Association holds its annual awards celebration in conjunction with the show. The dinner was capped off with a delicious Tiramisu dessert made with layers of Agostoni® Monte Bianco Organic White Chocolate.

 

130th Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show

Philadelphia National Candy(September 2014) Held September 7-9, this show helps confectioners keep up with “what’s new” in raw materials, equipment and package design in the candy industry. Show attendees sampled Agostoni’s Single Origin Peru Dark 70% chocolate, a well-balanced chocolate with the flavor of fine cocoa and red fruit, which is great for molding and ganache. Organic milk and white chocolate couvertures received high praise from chocolatiers who were also happy to learn that certified organic also means non-GMO.

 

Retail Confectioners International, June 16-20, 2014

Retail Confectioners International(June, 2014) At the Retail Confectioners International's 94th Annual Convention & Industry Expo, attendees were invited to taste 'Dipped Delights' featuring Agostoni® Gianduia Chocolate. The creamy hazelnut-chocolate wafers were first enrobed in a bitter-sweet blend of Organic San Primo Dark 60% and Organic Tremezzo Dark 70% Chocolate and then sprinkled with caramel bits. The result was a well-rounded treat that had it all: intense cocoa flavor, sweet crunchy caramel, and a roasted hazelnut finish.

 

2014 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo

IFT Annual Meeting(June, 2014) The Institute of Food Technologists met mid-June in New Orleans, Louisiana. Product developers from the food industry and academia visited the Global Organics’ booth to sample Agostoni® chocolate-coconut mini sandwiches featuring Organic San Primo Dark 60% and Organic Monte Bianco White chocolate. Premium chocolate chips and chunks for use in baking and cereal applications were also showcased.

 

National Restaurant Association Expo May 17-19, 2014 (Booth No. 3398)

National Restaurant Association Restaurant(May, 2014) The 95th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® had a record number of attendees this year from 50 states and over 100 countries. Attendees had the opportunity to taste decadent dipped confections made by chocolatier Ellane Pirotte. Agostoni® Gianduia Chocolate couvertures were enrobed in Single Origin Peru Dark 70% Chocolate and topped with caramel bits to create a sweet, nutty, chocolate filled delight! Other chocolate couvertures sampled included Chiara Milk 33%, Bittra Dark 60% and Organic Tremezzo Dark 70% and Organic Finissimo Milk 32%.

 

Agostoni Chocolate at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival

Candy Industry(March, 2014) Agostoni Chocolate was featured at the 22nd Annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival in New York City. Throughout the month of February, City Bakery offered creative hot chocolate drinks made with Agostoni chocolate, dark and milk. A different flavor was featured every day and combinations ranged from banana peel hot chocolate to chili pepper hot chocolate.

 

Candy Industry Cover Story - Transitioning to 3G

Candy Industry(March, 2014) Agostoni was featured in the March 2014 issue of Candy Industry Magazine. The article highlighted the new production facility in Orsenigo, Italy and the third-generation family members who are taking up the challenge of producing and selling incredible chocolate.

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Natural Products Expo West

Candy Industry(March, 2014) Chocolate creations by chocolatier Ellane Pirotte were featured at the 2014 Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA in March. Attendees were treated with samples of premium Organic San Primo 60% chocolate with cinnamon and red pepper, coconut chocolate sandwiches made with Organic Monte Bianco white chocolate, and gianduia with puffed flax.

 

International Restaurant and Food Service Show of NY

Candy Industry(March, 2014) The International Restaurant and Food Service Show held in New York City in March was busy with attendees sampling the Agostoni organic chocolate line. The show attracted thousands of bakers and chefs and other food professionals from across all segments: restaurants, bakers, hospitals, hotels and commercial foodservice operations.

 

Winter Fancy Food Show January

Candy Industry(January, 2014) The Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California attracted over 18,000 attendees including chocolatiers and food service operators. Global Organics, Agostoni’s exclusive importer of cocoa and chocolate ingredients for North America, highlighted Agostoni’s food service line that includes couvertures, chips and chunks in dark, milk, white and gianduia chocolate in 8 lb bags.

 

Corriere della Sera - Proud to be Italian

Candy Industry(December, 2013) Agostoni Chocolate Company featured in the November 2014 insert of the Corriere della Sera, one of the most popular Italian daily newspapers. The article recognized the Italian company as an example of excellence, development and competitiveness in the Italian panorama.

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Tecnofood International Edition - State-of-the-art in the Chocolate sector

Candy Industry(September, 2013) Icam, the historical chocolate company – chocolate makers since 1946 – introduces their new factory in Orsenigo, a jewel of technology and innovative solutions able to obtain infinite variety of products, getting better all the time...

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Candy Industry Cover Story – Italy's Modern Artisans

Candy Industry(November, 2010) — A leader in organic and certified chocolates, the Agostoni family commits to the future by investing in a state-of-the-art €50-million facility in Orsenigo, Italy…

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Agostoni Chocolate Showpiece Inspiration - Competition Winners from Segip 2010 in Rimini Italy

(January, 2010) - Agostoni Chocolate's parent company ICAM SpA hosted some of Italy's hottest rising confectionary stars to show their most innovative chocolate work during Europe's premier event for gelato, confectionary and baking artisans…

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Press releases



Agostoni Family Launches Food Service Offering in North America

(March 10, 2011) — Modern Artisan Chocolate-Making Ethos Plus Strong Cocoa Sourcing Relationships Give Food Service Professionals Unique Range of Flavor Profiles, Excellent Price-To-Quality

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Agostoni Chocolate Food Service Products Confirmed to be Free of Ivory Coast-Sourced Cocoa

(February 17, 2011) — Due to traceability procedures implemented along our supply chain, ICAM SpA is able to confirm that all products manufactured and sold under the AGOSTONI brand for food service in North America do not contain any cocoa beans from Ivory Coast…

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Agostoni Family, Leaders in European Premium Private Label Chocolate, Expand to Service North America

(May 18, 2010) —Farm–to–Bar producer of award–winning chocolate for leading European retailers offers unique Organic, Origins, and Fair Trade product options...

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