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The fresh taste of spring

Published on 15 May 2018 | Category: no category

The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the wish to be outdoors is growing, and the desire for ice cream comes ever more frequently. With the arrival of spring, our eating habits change and our diets are coloured with the shades of summer.

Partly through gluttony and partly through the desire for refreshment, the most-loved cold dessert of Italian tradition becomes an unmissable treat. At this time of year, the artisan quality of the Galatea brand gains extra deliciousness from wonderful springtime fruits, combining the genuine flavour of natural products with the ability to delight the palate with very few calories.

In addition to the enthusiasts who don’t renounce the pleasure of gelato at any time of year, the milder weather attracts a more seasonal clientele to ice cream parlours. While the classic flavours are an everlasting trend that’s not affected by weather or fashion, the varieties linked to the rhythms of nature have the task of amazing us each year with renewed intensity.

Spring fruit enriches the work of our skilled gelato-makers, allowing them to play with traditional flavours while experimenting with healthy, delicious variations. The desire for ice cream that explodes when winter gives way to the good weather is boosted by the range of products available: besides cones and cups, gelaterias offer ice lollies, granitas and delicious sorbets whose ingredients are 100% plant-based.

The idea underlying our products is to take the very best that each season and each area has to offer, in order to ensure organic high quality with every mouthful. Spring fully supports this principle, providing all our ice cream chefs with exquisite fresh produce that embodies all the goodness that the first sunny days bring to the land.

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So which are the most popular fruits for this season’s ice creams?

April sees the arrival of the strawberry, loved by adults and children alike. Naturally sweet, it doesn’t need the addition of refined sugars to delight the tastebuds, and is also suitable for those with high blood sugar or specific diets. It goes perfectly with great classics like fior di latte.

Cherries have always been one of the favourite spring flavours. Rich in vitamins A and C, they add an intense yet delicate taste even when used as a garnish, and they reach maximum ripeness between April and June, depending on the variety.

As summer approaches we also see the arrival of the citron, one of the most ancient citrus varieties. It is primarily used to prepare candied fruits, and is common in the Mediterranean area. Its distinctive aromatic flavour is ideal for making sorbets and ice creams which need no additional ingredients.

From May onwards the peach is obligatory: thirst-quenching and smooth, it’s a wonderful taste experience every time.

Another marvellously refreshing ingredient is mint, whose benefits are essential as the weather grows warmer. Galatea’s Menta Piementina, made with essential oil of Piemontese mint, combines natural flavour with the pleasure of an intense green colour with no hidden additives.

Although these days fruit is available all year round, we advise all our ice cream chefs to respect the nature that surrounds us and use their imagination to create flavours that are in tune with the seasons, giving as much attention to consumers as to the product itself. In Galatea ice cream parlours you’ll always be amazed at the creativity in flavour combinations designed to complement each other, and by the wide choice of varieties to please even the most curious and adventurous of customers.

Safe in the knowledge that in our products nothing is hidden, and that we guarantee the traceability of all our ingredients, you know that the safety of everything we do is clearly written on every label.

Great ice-cream written in the label

Published on 18 April 2018 | Category: no category

Our craft products are born from an art combining the skill of master ice-cream makers, continuous research and a tradition cultivated and handed down from generation to generation. Communicating how we work, the choices we makes and the procedures we follow that lead to making quality ice-cream and pastries is essential in our sector.

In the last decade in particular, the awareness and knowledge of consumers regarding exactly what they eat and the range of foods available to purchase have increased significantly. Information available to all non-experts is communicated through an instrument that has undergone significant changes during its evolution, becoming ever more exhaustive and full of interesting data: the product label.

A food label has the task of telling the story of the product from its beginnings on. In reading it, in addition to the product name, we can identify its ingredients and relevant quantities, any allergens, nutritional values, storage and use information, provenance, expiry date, and more. It is therefore much like an identity card.

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Food labelling is currently regulated at a European level by the provisions of EU Regulation 1169/2011, which has simplified and superseded many previous laws and regulations. Francesca Trainotti, from our quality office, explains the evolution of the process leading to this new legislative achievement, “Before there were many national laws relating to specific categories or themes. The current regulation standardizes legislation across the European Community with the objective of protecting the final consumer. Galatea has always been committed to fully complying with the legislation by adapting our recipes accordingly”.

The label is the perfect ally of the purchaser, but also of the producer, by stating all the characteristics of the product, without leaving any room for doubt. Its fundamental purpose is to provide information clearly and exhaustively, facilitating a totally informed and safe purchase. At Galatea, from the very beginning, we have actively supported and promoted transparency in everything we do, even way before the guidelines and mandatory regulations were introduced and became as detailed as they are today. We consider it a simple act of honesty towards those who choose to place their trust in us and a clear statement of the fact that there is absolutely nothing to hide in what we do. For this reason, in 2006, we were one of the very first to adopt ‘clean labels’, making all useful data easily understandable and eliminating the use of ambiguous terms.

A readable label facilitates the choice of the right food for the well-being of the consumer. It also helps master ice-cream and pastry makers create a relationship of trust with the consumer and maintain perfect regulatory compliance. In order to promote labelling best practices and knowledge, Galatea has made a series of courses available to all food sector operators, in order to analyze the current legislation and learn all the necessary tools for mastering its full practical application.