History of Pernigotti
Only few companies can boast more than one century of successful business, Pernigotti is one of those proud businesses. In the middle of 19th century Stefano Pernigotti opened in Piazza del Mercato (Market Place) in Novi Ligure a grocery with colonial products, which very soon became the most important of the town.
The 1st of June 1868, Stefano Pernigotti decided to take into partnership his son, Francesco, and established the “Stefano Pernigotti & Son”, a one man business which was not only a commercial business but also a confectionery industry. In the beginning, the production was restricted to the classic white TORRONE (nougat), produced with honey, sugar, almonds, hazelnuts and egg white. Later they introduced soft nougat, chocolate covered nougat, and chocolate nougat.
Pernigotti soon added chocolates to their exceptional nougat products, and in particular the production of GIANDUIOTTO, typical Piedmont gianduia chocolate. In 1882 they received right to show the sovereign flag on the logo of the company as sign of high quality of the chocolate. In 1900, the company was seen as the most important confectionary production in the market with modern machines and more valuable the recipes. In 1914 with the start of WW1, the use of sugar for the preparation of confectionary products was forbidden; with great intuition Paolo Pernigotti modified the nougat recipe replacing it with a concentrated honey obtaining a product with a unique taste and texture. In 1936 they started the production of ice cream and pastry raw-materials, and because of the impressive increase of ice cream demand, Pernigotti further expanded their productive plants of the company.
After the World War II, Pernigotti rapidly re-started its business and became a modern production plant, which today produces chocolate, Easter eggs, nougats, small nougats, puddings and raw-materials for ice cream and pastries. In 1995 Pernigotti became part of the Averna Group, and expanded its commerce in more than 20 Countries world-wide.