Unilever Acquires Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

MINNEAPOLIS (PRNewswire) —Today, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto — the best-selling packaged gelato in the United States — announced that it has been acquired by Unilever, one of the world's leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products.  The acquisition gives Talenti an unprecedented opportunity to grow and expand its footprint and reach more consumers. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Talenti will continue to craft gelato and sorbetto using old world methods – a quality that has distinguished the brand since its beginning. This commitment includes carefully sourcing the best ingredients from around the world. Talenti will maintain and operate its production facility in Marietta, GA, and will continue to present unique flavor offerings in its recognizable transparent packaging.

"We are thrilled to join the Unilever family, work together to expand distribution and share Talenti love with even more ice cream consumers," said Steve Gill, Talenti's CEO.

As part of the acquisition, Talenti will have access to Unilever's extensive distribution network and supplier's resources to accelerate its growth and leadership in the premium ice cream category, and will complement Unilever's existing family of established ice cream brands including Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Fruttare, Good Humor, Klondike, Magnum and Popsicle.

Founded by Josh Hochschuler as a store-front gelateria in Dallas, TX in 2003, Talenti has since experienced strong growth with sales expected to eclipse $120 million by the end of 2014.

About Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto
Talenti began as a gelateria in 2003 and has since grown into the best-selling packaged gelato in the United States. Talenti is committed to using artisanal methods and uses only the finest, carefully sourced ingredients — Belgian Chocolate, fresh whole Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, select coconuts from the Philippines, and real Argentine dulce de leche are just a few of the many fine ingredients used to create Talenti gelatos and sorbettos. Both Talenti's gelatos and sorbettos showcase our commitment to providing frozen desserts that taste amazing.