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Fort Walton Beach based G.S. Gelato & Desserts celebrates 25 years

Special to Gannett

FORT WALTON BEACH — Feb. 5 marked the 25th anniversary for G.S. Gelato & Desserts Inc., a leading manufacturer of gelato, sorbetto, plant-based frozen desserts and soft serve in the United States that started with an ambitious young couple and a dream.

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Feb. 5 marked the 25th anniversary for G.S. Gelato & Desserts Inc., a leading manufacturer of gelato, sorbetto, plant-based frozen desserts and soft serve in the United States that started with Simona Faroni, and her husband, Guido Tremolini

"It's an emotional time for us, thinking about where we started and where we are today," said Simona Faroni, who owns G.S. Gelato with her husband, Guido Tremolini. "My husband and I knew that gelato would one day be the evolution of the ice cream industry. Today, we still make the same beloved product but have expanded in capabilities in a way that we could have never imagined when we got off that plane 25 years ago. It is a true testament that hard work, love, passion, and never giving up will take you anywhere you want to go."

G.S. Gelato's owners, Guido Tremolini and Simona Faro.

Tremolini and Faroni traveled from Italy to the United States in 1995 and instantly fell in love with the country and the idea of the American dream. Without knowing a word of English, they moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1996 and imported Italian gelato-making equipment. Their dream was crushed when they found out the machinery was not authorized for use in the country.

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Months of hard work followed, as they struggled to learn a new language while trying to get their equipment up to code and survive. A year and a half later, G.S. Gelato became the first manufacturer in the United States to receive approval from both the FDA and USDA for the production of wholesale gelato and sorbet.

Feb. 5 marked the 25th anniversary for G.S. Gelato & Desserts Inc., a leading manufacturer of gelato, sorbetto, plant-based frozen desserts and soft serve in the United States that started with Simona Faroni, and her husband, Guido Tremolini

G.S. Gelato, 1785 FIM Blvd., plans on celebrating this company milestone all year long, sharing their memories and the evolution of the company during their incredible journey. Follow along at gsgelato.com, as well as your favorite social media platform, to watch the best ingredients be crafted into extraordinary products, for 25 years and counting.