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Pregel & Waring Collaborate to Develop Gelato Panini Press

Partnership & Machine Creates New Novelty Item in Dessert Industry


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Concord, N.C. (MAY 17, 2013) – PreGel AMERICA today announced its partnership with Waring Commercial to develop a new frozen dessert novelty machine called Gelato Panini Press. This is an unprecedented collaboration for both companies and the industry, as it is the first time an ingredient and equipment manufacturer have joined forces to create a co-branded machine.

“While equipment partnerships have been and continue to be an important part of our company’s strategy, working with Waring Commercial to build a one-of-a-kind machine is a new endeavor for us,” said Marco Casol, President and CEO of PreGel AMERICA. “The opportunity to work with such a reputable equipment manufacturer was one we had to jump on. The concept of a Panini Gelato is one both of our companies are excited about.”

The first prototypes of the Gelato Panini Press will debut at this year’s National Restaurant Association Show at PreGel’s booth #6223. The Gelato Panini Press is a light-weight, easy-to-use machine that toasts and seals a sweet bun filled with gelato and toppings to create a sandwich that’s warm on the outside and cold on the inside. The concept is one for businesses looking to expand their frozen dessert offerings in a new and exciting way. The companies plan to roll out the new machines in the fall.

“We could not choose a better partner in an effort to develop a new dessert category than PreGel AMERICA,” said, Jerry Rutigliano, General Manager and Vice President of Waring Products.  “We quickly reviewed this concept and the opportunities it presents and chose to move forward immediately.  I believe the two companies will greatly benefit from one another’s expertise to make this collaboration a great success.”

To learn more about PreGel and Waring’s collaboration and the Gelato Panini Press, email marketing@pregelamerica.com.

About PreGel AMERICA

PreGel AMERICA is the U.S. subsidiary of PreGel, a global ingredient company headquartered in Reggio Emilia, Italy. PreGel develops, manufactures and distributes ingredients, toppings and fillings of the highest quality from Italy, including flavors, powders and pastes used in gelato, frozen yogurt, pastry and other specialty desserts. Based in North Carolina since 2002, PreGel’s clients include restaurants, gelato cafes, coffee shops, patisseries, frozen yogurt shops, bakeries, pizzerias, hotels, resorts, grocery stores and universities, as well as a few distributors in the United States. PreGel believes in blending Your Passion with Our Ingredients. For more information, visit www.pregelamerica.com.

About Waring Commercial

Waring, universally known for introducing the first blender in America, is one of today’s leading manufacturers of professional quality appliances for the home, foodservice and laboratory industries. The company manufactures culinary appliances in two product segments— the Waring Commercial Division, which includes high-speed, high-volume food processors, blenders, etc. and Waring Pro®, a line of professional quality consumer products that includes everything from blenders, juice extractors, citrus juicers and drink mixers to toasters, food slicers and convection ovens. Waring was established in 1937 when Fred Waring, a popular entertainer, introduced the blender (then called the “Miracle Mixer”) at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. Looking ahead, Waring Commercial is well positioned to continue its legacy of professional performance by offering new products that reflect the company’s commercial heritage, while incorporating new technology and design innovations.

Visit Waring Commercial at www.waringcommercialproducts.com

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