Israeli startup Solo Gelato has partnered with chocolate-producer Barry Callebaut to create a Nespresso-style ice cream capsule system, which is able to make fresh ice cream instantly.
Set for release in 2018, the innovative new system was created in a partnership with Barry Callebaut, which was established through MassChallenge, a company part-founded by Barry Callebaut which provides funding to enterprising startups.
The partnership has allowed Solo Gelato to utilise Barry Callebaut’s Chocogelato mixes in the capsules, after testing carried out by the chocolate-makers proved the mix was viable.
Founder and CEO of Solo Gelato Barak Beth-Halachmi said: “It has been a long, hard journey, but our relationship with Barry Callebaut has been one of the most illuminating and fun parts of it.”
He also stressed that the relationship is mutually-beneficial, as the partnership means that Solo Gelato’s products are not in direct competition with Barry Callebaut.
Massimo Selmo, head of global sourcing at Barry Callebaut initiated the chocolate-producer’s involvement with Mass Challenge. He said: “MassChallenge not only gives us access to new product ideas and innovative solutions we might never be able to create in-house… we also get to know a talented pool of bright young people with an entrepreneurial spirit.”
Source: Food Bev