Industry News | November 12, 2010

Paciugo Takes Off at Cleveland Airport

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Atlanta-based MBC Concessions is satisfying travelers' cravings for authentic Italian gelato with the opening of the first Paciugo Gelato & Caffè location in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Operating in Terminal C at Gate 9, the opening marks the first Paciugo Gelato & Caffè location to open in an airport destination.

"This is a significant milestone for the Paciugo Gelato & Caffè brand as we continue to execute our strategic growth plan both nationally and internationally," says Keith Albright, chief operating officer for Paciugo Gelato & Caffè. "MBC's experience operating restaurant locations in airports has been a tremendous benefit to Paciugo as we introduce even more consumers to the bold taste of authentic Italian gelato."

The new Paciugo Gelato & Caffè airport location handcrafts up to 24 flavors of Italian gelato daily, and also offers fresh-squeezed orange juice, pastries, and parfaits with fresh-cut fruit, strawberries, and granola. Travelers can taste the smooth, rich flavor of Paciugo Gelato & Caffè's espresso and brewed coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks, and other items such as muffins, Clif bars, and chips.

"We truly believe that Paciugo Gelato & Caffè is a much needed addition to airport destinations nationwide," says Lucian Dillingham, president and CEO of MBC. "The fresh, all-natural gelato is rich and creamy with a taste that will leave many travelers wanting more. It is an Italian favorite that is certain to refresh the airport scene."

Dillingham, who is an award-winning brand operator and expert in concept presentation, recognizes Paciugo's potential and trend-setting appeal through its fresh ingredients and meticulous merchandising. Since becoming a member of the elite league of airport concessionaires at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, MBC has operated seven different concepts, including Freshens Yogurt and TCBY Yogurt, and currently operates Nature's Table Bistro in international Concourse E as well as Marche Bistro.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffè handcrafts a constantly changing selection of gelato flavors each morning in small batches using only the finest and freshest ingredients, such as hand-squeezed fruit juices and seasonal fruit from local farmers, ultra-premium chocolate from Belgium, and hazelnuts, pistachios, and candied Amarena cherries from Italy. In addition to its award-winning gelato, the menu features all-natural, fair trade, 100% Arabica coffees, premium hot chocolate, and a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks that combine gelato with coffee and other beverages.