Carpigiani is a company based in Anzola dell?Emilia, near Bologna in Italy, which specialises in manufacturing ice cream making machines. It makes machines suitable for making both Italian gelato and soft ice cream in catering environments.
The company was set up in 1944 by Bruto and Poerio Carlo Carpigiani who launched a patented machine called the Autogelatiera. As gelato and ice cream became increasingly popular in the '60s and '70s Carpigiani set up abroad and began to develop a worldwide network for exclusive sales of their market-leading equipment.
It now has twelve branches across the world, and the brand is now recognised and valued by caterers in more than 100 countries worldwide, with the distinctive blue and white Carpagiani emblem standing for quality in gelato and ice cream making. As well as ice cream and gelato makers, it produces related products like frozen yogurt, milk shake, slushy, granita, whipped cream and pastry.
Due to a constant programme of review, research and new technological innovations, the brand is favoured by large franchise chains like Cold Stone, which dominates the market in the USA and East Asia, as well as international fast food restaurant chains like McDonald's and PIzza Hut.
The company was bought in 1999 by Milan's international Ali Group, which specialises in food service and catering equipment. In 2003 Carpigiani set up a Gelato University to train the world's caterers in Italian artisan gelato making. Some courses are held in Anzola dell?Emilia but most are held foreign countries like Australia, America and China.