Cobb County, Metro Atlanta, August 22, 2012 – Talenti Gelato, the best-selling gelato and third best selling premium ice cream in America, has acquired a former Kroger ice cream production facility in the City of Marietta. The expansion represents a significant new investment and addition of up to 100 jobs in Marietta and the state of Georgia. Talenti plans to maintain its existing plant in Dallas but re-locate its primary production headquarters to the Marietta Industrial Park and begin production later this year.
“The country’s best-selling gelato will be right at home in one of America’s greatest communities, so hello Marietta!”, said Bob Burns, Vice President of Operations for Talenti who will be moving to the area to manage the new facility.
Currently, Talenti is carried in most national supermarkets and food retailers, including Kroger, Publix, Whole Foods Market, The Fresh Market, Target and Ingles. Talenti is all-natural, artisanal gelato and sorbetto made using traditional methods and only the finest natural and raw ingredients carefully sourced locally and from around the world.
“The Marietta Development Authority Board is pleased to have participated in encouraging Talenti Gelato to locate their production plant in Marietta in order to help create new jobs for our area and have this outstanding company become an important asset in our community,” said Ed Hammock, Chairman of the Marietta Development Authority.
The addition of Talenti’s Marietta facility exemplifies the diversity of industries in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. This announcement is the result of teamwork and strategic partnerships between various agencies. Key members on this project included the City of Marietta, Cobb Chamber, CobbWorks, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia QuickStart, Electric Cities of Georgia, Chattahoochee Technical College and Cobb Travel and Tourism.
“Food processing is the largest sector of Georgia’s manufacturing industry, and Talenti Gelato is a leader in its field,” said Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are pleased the company has chosen to maximize its future success in Georgia’s dynamic business environment.”
“The City of Marietta is delighted to welcome Talenti e Sorbetto Gelato to our community with the announcement of its expansion into Georgia. Marietta is honored that this well respected gelato producer now calls Marietta home,” said R. Steve Tumlin, Jr., mayor of Marietta. “Their significant investment in Marietta and Cobb County with their accompanying addition of 100 jobs will be an economic boost to our community. On behalf of the citizens of Marietta, we extend a sincere welcome and look forward to working with Talenti to further enhance its success as a dynamic business and a leader in its industry. I thank all the individuals and partners who worked in collaboration to bring this outstanding firm to Marietta.”
“Talenti produces a high quality product and is a true success story,” said Brooks Mathis, Vice President of Economic Development with the Cobb Chamber. “The spirit of teamwork was alive and well throughout this project, with the City of Marietta, CobbWorks, Cobb Chamber and our statewide partners coming together to provide quality service to Talenti. This win will create many jobs in our manufacturing sector and provide Marietta with tremendous investment for years to come. We welcome our friends from Talenti to Cobb County and Marietta!”
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About Talenti Gelato
Talenti Gelato is the best selling gelato and third best selling premium ice cream brand in The United States. All 21 flavors of Talenti Gelato and Sorbetto are 100% natural and crafted with the same uncompromising commitment to artisanal quality that has distinguished authentic Italian gelato for centuries. Talenti is made with only the finest natural and raw ingredients, carefully sourced locally and from around the world. More rich, creamy, dense and delicious than ice cream, Talenti Gelato also contains 30% less fat than most brands. Talenti is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and maintains production facilities in Dallas, TX and Marietta, GA. To learn more visit www.talentigelato.com
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About the Cobb Chamber
As one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Georgia, the Cobb Chamber is dedicated to bringing the community and its leaders together to create jobs and strengthen the economy and quality of life so businesses and the community can achieve more. The Chamber achieves this by creating jobs and driving economic development; strengthening the community and the region; growing member businesses and nurturing leadership; and connecting businesses, government and the community.