ATLANTA — Premium ice cream company High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc. has acquired Ciao Bella Gelato Co., Inc., a maker of gelato and sorbetto. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 1983, Ciao Bella began as a scoop shop in New York City’s Little Italy. Today, the brand offers packaged pints of gelato and sorbetto in flavors such as chocolate mascarpone, strawberry limonata and blackberry cabernet.
The combined company plans to explore opportunities in premium frozen dessert and novelty categories. High Road said it will reintroduce Ciao Bella’s classic, bold-colored paper packaging and will release the brand’s best-selling flavors and new varieties.
“Ciao Bella has always stood for quality, and I’m proud to have it as part of our brand portfolio,” said Nicki Schroeder, chief marketing officer of High Road. “I see Ciao Bella’s sorbetto lineup, in particular, as very extensible. I’m excited to see what we can do with it. The early responses from buyers and fans have been really positive.”
Ms. Schroeder co-founded High Road with her chef husband, Keith Schroeder, in 2010. Mr. Schroeder is the c.e.o. of High Road. The company produces branded and private label premium frozen dessert products for retail and food service.
Carlos Canals, c.e.o. of Ciao Bella, will join High Road as chief integration officer.
“We could not have found a better home for Ciao Bella than High Road,” Mr. Canals said. “The passion, the belief in good food, and the innovative approach that Keith and the entire team brings is exactly what Ciao Bella needs for its next chapter. I am very happy to be joining the team and can’t wait to see the marvelous things that High Road will create.”