Elizabeth, NJ—Atalanta, the largest privately held food importer in America, is proud to celebrate 75 years of highest quality fine food. Although we did not get the opportunity to celebrate our 75th anniversary at the Fancy Food Show in New York City this summer, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our employees, suppliers, customers and community. We would not have reached this milestone without your invaluable partnership and support.
Elizabeth, NJ — Four extra-virgin olive oils from De Medici Imports won awards at the eighth annual New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) in May, the world’s largest olive oil quality contest. Marqués de Griñón, a medium blend from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, and Mandranova Cerasuola, a robust Cerasuola from Sicily, received Gold awards. Silver prizes went to Mandranova Nocellara, a medium Nocellara del Belice from Sicily, and L’Intenditore Melchiorri DOP, a full-bodied oil from the foothills of Umbria. Quality olive oil exhibits fruitiness, bitterness, and pungency; the award winners demonstrated exceptional harmony and complexity.
900 olive oils from 26 countries were entered into the NYIOOC this spring. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, an innovative remote judging system allowed the analyses to take place in the homes of the international panel of 17 expert tasters. The judges blind tasted entries from around the world. In place of an awards ceremony in New York City, results were announced through an
interactive presentation on-line. Producers, distributors, retailers, food industry professionals, press, and consumers value the prestige this award brings and the high quality it connotes.
Swiss Chalet Fine Foods, a division of Atalanta Corporation, is excited to announce its new offering, premium gluten-free tart shells. Crafted with fine, all-natural ingredients like free-range eggs and fresh butter, the tart shells are rich, flaky, and delicious.
In this trying time, we are reaching out to our valued customers. Atalanta’s 75 years of history have provided us with plenty of experience to draw upon. Our business has always been about adaption, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to adapt as needed to help serve our customers and our community.
“Our priority is the safety of our employees, our partners, and their families. We are working to ensure our supply chain continues, so we aid you in your ability to reach consumers,” says Thomas Gellert, President of Atalanta.
”Live by Innovation” is one of our core values, and we will continue to innovate and seek creative ways to service the needs of our partners. We have been tested throughout our history. We are strong. These challenges have made us more reliable, and we are confident this will as well.”
Atalanta seeks to partner with our customers and suppliers to provide creative solutions and support during this constantly evolving situation. Most of all, we are looking after each other to ensure safety and well-being.
Thank you for being part of the Atalanta community.
Elizabeth, NJ — Marqués de Griñón’s Oleum Artis, a premium extra-virgin olive oil from Toledo, Spain, has been honored with both a Best of Class Award and a Gold Medal Award at the 21st annual Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition in February. One of the top-ranking Olive Oil competitions in the United States and fifth worldwide, the LA International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition brings together the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in awarding medals to the best oils from around the globe.
Oleum Artis is an estate-harvested extra-virgin olive oil, pressed within two hours of olive harvest for maximum freshness and bottled in glass Bordeaux bottles used for the family’s word-class wines. The predominately Picual oil is blended with a touch of Arbequina for perfect balance. It has a gleaming, golden hue with vivid aromas of green tomatoes, artichokes, and mint. On the palate, it exhibits green vegetable and nutty flavors. Its polyphenol count is seven times that of the average oil. Oleum Artis is wonderful drizzled over vegetables, cured or cooked meats, seafood, and aged cheeses.
In 1292, the crown of Castile granted a vast area of land next to the Montes de Toledo to the Marshal. D. Payo de Ribera. Since then, the historic family estate has been producing excellent wine and olive oil. The Marqués, Carlos FalcÓ, has dedicated the last thirty years to revolutionizing fine wine and olive oil production in the La Mancha region. Oleum Artis also was also awarded Gold at the New York International Olive Oil Competition in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 LA International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition received 600 olive oil entries from 300 producers from around the world, from Algeria and Argentina to Tunisia, Turkey, the United States, and beyond. DeMedici Imports is the exclusive U.S. importer of Marqués de Griñón’s collection of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The product is available at specialty retailers nationwide and on-line at demedici.com.
Elizabeth, NJ— Piave—the deliciously nutty cow’s milk cheese from northern Italy’s Belluno region—is excited to announce that the majority of its line is now 100% free of lysozyme. Lysozyme is a protein derived from egg white, used as an all-natural preservative in cheesemaking. It is completely safe for most people—but for those with allergies to eggs, lysozyme can pose a risk. Lysozyme is used to prevent the problem called “late blowing,” which is the formation of gas during the fermentation that can occur in the ripening process of certain types of cheese. The effects can include holes and cracks in the cheese, as well as flaws in flavor.
Because Piave is crafted with milk from Lattebusche, a coop which sources high quality milk exclusively from its members, they can precisely control each step of the supply chain and prevent the level of unwanted spores. They have implemented a rigorous protocol, including training, technical measures, and parameters to ensure continuous improvement. In addition, two bactofuge units were installed in the cheese-making facility to remove any spores. These innovations enabled Lattebusche to completely remove lysozyme from its plant in 2017.
Piave is an artisanal cheese made using milk from the Bruna Alpina and Pezzata Rossa cow breeds that graze on the mountain pastures of the stunning Dolomites. Through the years this craft was protected and perfected by historic alpine cheese huts, or “maiolere” in local dialect. In 1960, the dairy farmers cooperative was formed and named Piave after the river that flows through the region, and since then the cheese has gained a loyal following throughout the world. In 2010, Piave received Protected Designation of Origin status. Each wheel of Piave is crafted from the cow’s milk of two milkings rather than one, as with Parmigiano Reggiano. Piave’s distinct process starts by skimming the evening milk’s cream and then mixing it with the whole morning milk. By combining the butter rich morning milk with the evening skim milk, each 13-pound wheel is an authentic replication of the treasured mountain cheese made for generations—now available to those with egg sensitivities and allergies.
Elizabeth, NJ—In 2020, Atalanta Corporation is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company kicked off the new year and this momentous milestone with a 200-person town hall and a 75th Anniversary reception on January 9th, which included all of their corporate headquarter employees, family, friends and business associates. The event took place at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. This marks the start of a series of celebrations that will take place throughout the year. Atalanta Trading Corp. started in 1945 in an office at 82 Beaver St., New York City, when Herbert Moeller and Leon Rubin began importing ham from Poland. Today, Atalanta imports thousands of unique items from more than 60 countries around the globe. The expansion of its portfolio and customer base over the past 75 years reflects the growth of the market's demand for quality and specialty imported foods.
Elizabeth, NJ— Snowdonia Cheese Company is starting the year off with a bang, as their Black Bomber Extra Mature Cheddar has been awarded ‘Best British Cheese’ in the UK’s leading Trade publication Fine Food Digest’s Best Brand Guide for the fourth year, having achieved the award five times in total.
The awards are among the most prestigious in the UK food industry, and results are compiled from hundreds of responses provided by the country’s leading delis, farm shops, cheese-mongers and high-end food halls.
Elizabeth, NJ—Lenberg Farms and Celebrity Goat Cheese, brands crafted by our Canadian suppliers Mariposa Dairy and Quality Cheese Inc., took home multiple awards at the Royal Winter Fair, the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and
international equestrian competition in the world. In its 97th year and known simply as “The Royal,” the fair is Canada’s most prominent agricultural event.
From Mariposa Dairy:
In the “Interior Ripened (except cheddars)” division, Tania Toscana Sheep Milk Cheese won first place. The Tuscan-style cheese is made from 100% sheep milk and has a mild, sweet, yet nutty flavor.
Lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar won second place in the category of “Cheddar-goat, sheep, buffalo” The earthy, nutty and slightly crumbly cheese is also cloth-wrapped and carefully aged on pine boards. It has the sought after crystallization of
a well-aged cheddar.
In the “Fresh Unripened Cheese” category, Celebrity Original Goat Cheese received first place. Celebrity Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese scored third place in the “Flavoured Cheese” group. Celebrity Goat crafts fresh goat cheeses from a close network of small family farms. Mariposa Dairy makes cheese with traditional French technique, four generations of family expertise, and impeccable care. They have a deep commitment to healthy animals and building and nurturing a sustainable
From Quality Cheese Inc:
Ashlyn, a soft-ripened chevre, won second place among “Soft Bloomy Rind” cheeses. Enveloped in a white, delicate bloomy rind, a layer of vegetable ash cuts the ivory-colored interior. Ashlyn has a tangy, earthy, and beautifully balanced flavor.
Atalanta is proud to celebrate these prestigious awards with Mariposa Dairy and Quality Cheese Inc.
Elizabeth, New Jersey— Atalanta and its exclusive suppliers Mariposa Dairy and Quality Cheese won multiple awards at the 36th annual American Cheese Society competition, held in Richmond, Virginia from July 31 until August 3, 2019.
The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leader in promoting and supporting American cheeses, providing the cheese community with educational resources and networking opportunities, while encouraging the highest standards of cheesemaking. This year’s Judging & Competition, the largest competition of its kind for American-made cheeses, saw 1,742 entries.
Celebrity® Goat Cheese Original won 2nd place among fresh rind-less goat’s milk cheeses, its third award in the last several years. Celebrity® Goat Salted Butter won 3rd place in the goat’s milk butter category.
From Lenberg Farms™, Ashlyn, a creamy chèvre made from Canadian goat’s milk enveloped in a delicate white, bloomy rind, and bisected by a layer of vegetable ash, took home 3rd place among soft ripened cheese made from goat’s milk. Over the past several years Ashlyn has also received awards from The International Cheese & Dairy Awards and the Canadian Royal Cheese Awards. Ashlyn is a collaboration between Mariposa Dairy and Quality Cheese.
Tania is a Tuscan-style sheep’s milk cheese from Lenberg Farms™, made with 100% Ontario sheep’s milk. Aged for six months, the cheese develops a semi-firm, smooth texture and a mellow flavor with earthy undertones. Tania won 2nd place for sheep’s milk cheeses aged over 60 days.
Atalanta is an exclusive partner of Mariposa Dairy, a premium cheese company in southern Ontario, Canada. In 2009, Atalanta along with Mariposa Dairy launched Lenberg Farms, their artisanal brand featuring cheeses that require aging—goat and sheep’s milk cheese.
Quality Cheese Inc. is a Canadian cheese producer and an exclusive partner with Atalanta. They are a distributor and retailer of Italian specialty cheese and cheese snack products. Incorporated in 1988, the company produces a large selection of specialty cheese for the retail and food service sectors.
Elizabeth, New Jersey— This year, DeMedici Imports announced its 40th anniversary as an importer and distributor of specialty foods. From its small, 1979 beginnings in Sugarloaf, NY, it has grown to be a leader in taste education for the specialty food industry. DeMedici was the first company to import Tuscan extra virgin olive oil to the USA retail market with Badia a Coltibuono Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil. They continued to expand their collection of notable brands of oils, balsamic vinegars, wine and fruit vinegars, pasta, sea salts and more from Italy, France, Spain and Greece. Today, DeMedici's team of experts travel the Mediterranean to explore trends and discover the very best for the USA markets.
Elizabeth, New Jersey— Each year, The National Restaurant Association Show names the winners of the Food and Beverage (FABI Awards), recognizing food and beverage products that innovate in taste, creativity, packaging and profit potential. On March 7, the 2019 FABI award winners were announced. These important products will shape the future of taste throughout the industry for years to come. De Medici’s A L’Olivier Basque Pepper Fruit Vinegar was honored with this distinction. Since 2014, DeMedici and their parent company Atalanta have received ten FABI’s, with De Medici recognized for several FABI’s for their innovative products.
This year, De Medici Imports celebrated its 40th anniversary as an importer and distributor of specialty foods. Founded in 1979, this fine vinegar represents De Medici’s mission to source premium products crafted by artisans who produce the best quality the world has to offer.
“We’re proud to be recognized with this FABI,” says De Medici Imports Executive Vice President Steve Kaufman. “It is one of the greatest validations for this truly innovative product from our long-time partner A L’Olivier.”
Since 1822, A L’Olivier has been a purveyor of extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars to refined Parisian palates. With beautifully presented products and a world-renowned reputation for quality, their product line has expanded over time to include infused olives oils and fresh fruit vinegars, like this Basque Pepper Fruit Vinegar. Crafted with bell peppers and the famous Piment d’Espelette pepper of the Basque region, it’s a mix of 40% fruit pulp and premium white wine vinegar. The fresh fruit pulp’s vibrant flavor delivers until the bottle’s last drop, whether it’s used to glaze a rack of lamb, add a pop of flavor to roasted chicken or brighten up grilled calamari. The fruit vinegar also makes a great salad dressing when paired with extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt, and a fun addition to a Bloody Mary.
Thomas Gellert, President of Atalanta, states, “one of our company’s core values is to ‘live by innovation’ and we are very excited and proud to be once again recognized by the National Restaurant Association for A L’Olivier’s Basque Pepper Fruit Vinegar. This is our tenth FABI award and our team continues to strive to find the most innovative specialty partners and products.”
A L’Olivier Basque Pepper Fruit Vinegar will be highlighted at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, which will take place May 18-21 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Show attendees will be able to sample A L’Olivier Basque Pepper Fruit Vinegar at FABI Award Tasting events and at the Atalanta Booth #2409. We look forward to seeing you there.
Elizabeth, New Jersey— Great British Cheesemaker Belton Farm is excited to introduce a new branded range of six, regional British cheese. These cheeses are handcrafted by the skilled Belton Farm Cheesemakers who use free-range local milk from small family farms and pride themselves on their cheesemaking heritage and provenance. Their skills and knowledge were confirmed after defeating over 5,000 dairy entries to be crowned Supreme Champion at the 2018 International Cheese Awards held in Nantwich, Cheshire.
When asked about the partnership with Belton Farm, Thomas Gellert, President of Atalanta, stated, “As a 3rd generation family-owned business, we are honored to partner with Belton Farm, a 3rd generation family of cheesemakers. We respect and are humbled by their success- consistently winning international acclaimed awards and yet at the same time we understand their drive and passion for high quality care they put into every piece of cheese. We are proud to be associated with such a quality cheesemaker and are confident that our partnership will be a success!”
These are the new products on offer, available in a 6.3 oz pre-pack from the Belton Farm Great British Cheese Brand:
• Cheshire: Light and crumbly texture with subtle hints of fresh citrus
• Double Gloucester: Smooth texture with a creamy, buttery flavor
• Sage Derby: Creamy Derby cheese marbled with a delicate sage infusion
• Double Gloucester Onion and Chive: Smooth and buttery Double Gloucester infused with onion and chives
• Port Wine Derby: Creamy Derby cheese marbled with a delicate Port infusion
• Saxonshire: A delicious combination of the Brit’s five favorite regional cheese: Cheddar, Derby, Double Gloucester, Red Leicester and Cheshire layered to perfection - a true taste sensation
Commenting on the new launch Justin Becket, Managing Director, of Belton Farm, said, “The Belton Farm brand has been an established specialty cheese brand in the U.S. for over 25 years and is well known for its quality. This specially selected 6.3 oz pre-pack range gives customers choice and flexibility.”
Belton Farm, working alongside UK export partners Coombe Castle International, has joined forces with Atalanta Corporation to deliver their award-winning range of classic, contemporary and vat-made Great British Cheese to customers and consumers state-wide. The new Belton Farm cheese range will be available from early April as 6.3 oz (179g) retail pre-packs.
About Belton Farm
Owned since 1922 by the Beckett family, cheese has been made at Belton Farm for nearly a century. Located in the stunning Shropshire countryside just outside Whitchurch, Belton Farm is an independent family-run business which produces a comprehensive range of great tasting classic and contemporary Great British cheese. Cheese is stocked by leading retailers, specialist cheesemongers and delicatessens across the UK and also exported to many countries across the globe including USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Europe.
Elizabeth, New Jersey— In 2019, Swiss Chalet Fine Foods will become a division of Atalanta Corporation. Founded in 1945, Atalanta is the largest privately held food importer in the United States. Atalanta is a part of the Gellert Global Group, a third-generation family-owned business which consists of many of the leading North American food importing companies and has been involved in importing food products for over 100 years.
Swiss Chalet Fine Foods was founded by Hans and Claire Baumann in 1968 with the goal of bringing fine European and imported ingredients to the foodservice industry. Swiss Chalet has been a Gellert Global Group member company since 2007. Throughout its history, Swiss Chalet has been known to bring quality ingredients and specialty foods to chefs nationwide and is a key ally to foodservice operators and in-store bakeries to assist on upgrading their product offerings.
“The combination of Swiss Chalet Fine Foods and Atalanta will better enable us to be a part of more food experiences” says Tom Gellert, President of Atalanta.“We will leverage the strengths of both organizations—our people and our products- to achieve greater success.”
The move will further strengthen Swiss Chalet’s position as a top specialty ingredients supplier to the foodservice industry. Together with Swiss Chalet’s diverse portfolio and Atalanta’s highly respected standing, the company will be well equipped for long-term success. Atalanta plans to enhance its reach across various channels, such as national chain restaurants, retail, and manufacturing. The Gellert Global Group continues to grow and leverage its companies to better meet the needs of the food industry.
For more information on Swiss Chalet Fine Foods visit: www.scff.com
The Gellert Global Group is proud to announce the acquisition of two business units from Schratter Foods. Anco Fine Cheese will strengthen our position as a leading cheese importer. Corman Ship Supplies will better position Swiss Chalet the rapidly growing Cruise Line sales channel.
Elizabeth, NJ- Atalanta took home 6 ribbons at the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition, including two for First Place. Hosted in Providence, Rhode Island on July 31, 2015, the ACS held one of the biggest events of its kind, featuring 1,600+ American artisan and specialty cheeses. 267 companies submitted 1 ,779 products for the judging & competition.
Elizabeth, NJ – Gellert Global Group’s Chairman and CEO, George Gellert and family announced an endowment for the Department of Food Science at Cornell University – Ithaca, NY.
Atalanta Corporation will debut a new line of Switzerland Specialty cheeses from Mifroma at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, NY, this June.
Elizabeth, NJ - The Gellert Global Group has announced the opening of their new 204,000 square foot warehouse located in Carson, California. The Group consists of leading North American food importing companies and has been involved in importing food products for nearly 100 years.
Atalanta Corporation has received two honors for its Del Destino Ready to Eat Quinoa Salad and the Del Destino Ready to Eat Quinoa trays at this year’s Food and Beverage Innovations Awards. The 2015 FABI Awards will be presented at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant Show May 16-19 in Chicago, IL.
Atalanta Corporation, a food importer specializing in cheese, charcuterie, grocery and seafood products, will celebrate their 70th year as a third generation family-operated business in early 2015.
The National Restaurant Association has announced its annual award recipients of the 2014 Food & Beverage Innovations Awards to be presented at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, with Atalanta receiving two top honors. As the exclusive importer, Atalanta will receive two 2014 FABI awards for its Pivetti Skura Nera Pizza Flour and Sweety Drop Peppers.
In this time of crisis the Pizza Industry is STAYING STRONG thanks to the value, simplicity and deliciousness of sharing a pizza with friends and family. So whether booming with take-out orders or zooming around town with deliveries, ATALANTA IS STOCKED with all the essential and specialty pizza products you'll need.
We have all the staples including Tomato Products, Classic and Specialty Cheeses, Charcuterie and all the Toppings to build those delicious pizzas. Beyond the pies, we offer soup bases, mixes and sauces to help create those additional classic menu items like Minestrone Soup and Chicken Marsala!
In this trying time, we are reaching out to our valued customers. Atalanta's 75 years of history have provided us with plenty of experience to draw upon. Our business has always been about adaption, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to adapt as needed to help serve our customers and our community.
In 2020, Atalanta Corporation is celebrating its 75th anniversary. From its beginning as Atalanta Trading Corp. in 1945 in an office at 82 Beaver St., New York City, when Herbert Moeller and Leon Rubin began importing ham from Poland, Atalanta Corporation has grown into a food importer specializing in cheese, charcuterie, deli meat, grocery and seafood products from around the world.
Today, Atalanta is the largest privately held food importer in the United States and imports thousands of unique items from more than 60 countries around the globe. The expansion of its portfolio and customer base over the past 75 years reflects the growth of the market's demand for quality and specialty imported foods.
The ancient Greeks revered the goddess Atalanta for her prowess as a hunter and the swiftness in which she acted. Our founders took this name for our company to emulate both her resourcefulness and ability to provide. Today, we pride ourselves in providing our customers, suppliers and partners the best possible service with speed and efficiency.
Our website features items from some of the most prestigious and revered brands from around the world. Whether it is our selection of gourmet cheeses, artisan charcuterie, specialty grocery, or our extensive line of gourmet Mediterranean items, this site will serve in understanding the vast capabilities at Atalanta.
We pride ourselves in building relationships with our customers and suppliers to create long-lasting partnerships, welcome and thank you for visiting atalantacorp.com.