A Force Multiplier comes to the Frozen Dessert Equipment Industry

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The East Coast’s Advanced Gourmet and the West Coast’s Equipment & Concepts join forces to promote Ice Team 1927 brands

"Advanced Gourmet is proud and excited to announce a future that includes the collaborative efforts of both of our companies," Jim Hall, Advanced Gourmet

Two of the country’s premier frozen dessert equipment distributors, Advanced Gourmet and Equipment and Concepts, have joined forces to promote and co-distribute the Ice Team 1927 brands of frozen dessert equipment including Cattabriga, Coldelite and Multichef throughout the USA.

“I have known Tom and Colleen Graves, owners of Equipment and Concepts for years and have respected their approach and dedication to the gelato and specialty dessert market as well as their dedication to superior customer support and education. Advanced Gourmet is proud and excited to announce a future that includes the collaborative efforts of both of our companies,” says Jim Hall, co-owner of Advanced Gourmet.

Tom Graves, founder of Equipment and Concepts, shares Mr. Hall’s sentiment, saying, “We have enjoyed working with Advanced Gourmet for years and the decision to join forces was made because of the respect that we have for their integrity, focus on customer service, and overall shared vision in the advancement of the frozen dessert industry. With our new partnership, Equipment and Concepts is able to offer our clients a full range of equipment options that were previously unavailable to us. It is our great pleasure to move forward with the entire team at Advanced Gourmet!”

In addition to Ice Team 1927, both companies will now actively promote the beautiful Ciam brand of professional display cabinets. Ciam display cases are seen in large food chains such as Whole Foods and high end dining establishments such as Chef Mario Batali's Eataly in Chicago.

Additional services provided by the partnership include expert full store design and build services and a new East/West educational program to be rolled out during 2015. The combined efforts of this strategically located partnership is an unparalleled force that assures superior market penetration and excellent customer guidance and support.

About Advanced Gourmet
Advanced Gourmet was founded and is led by three frozen dessert industry innovators, Jim Hall, Jim Marmion and Wally Becker.

This founding team served in executive and managerial positions with well-known brands in the frozen dessert industry such as Carpigiani and Stoelting. This vast experience creates the foundation for their passion to provide expert guidance, high quality products, and superior, high quality support to all their clients.

Serving as the exclusive importer of fine brands like Cattabriga, Coldelite, Multichef, Pacojet, Techfrost, and HotMix, Advanced Gourmet has built the most prestigious line of specialty dessert and savory equipment available in the USA.

About Equipment and Concepts
Equipment and Concepts was founded by frozen dessert industry expert and visionary, Tom Graves. Tom and his wife, Colleen, have led the company’s evolution from equipment distributor to a full service equipment and training facility in Southern California. Tom and Colleen’s passion of educating customers to stay true to the traditional form of artisan gelato making has served as a foundation for the company. An integral part of the team, Maria Coassin, helps fulfill this mission by sharing her knowledge and expertise of artisan gelato making as class instructor at Equipment and Concepts.

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Advanced Gourmet Ice Cream and Gelato Equipment and Design
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