“AT VILLA DOLCE, WE ARE PROUD THAT OUR QUALITY AND SAFETY STANDARDS MEET OR EXCEED ALL FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED STANDARDS. WE SET THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR OURSELVES AND VENDORS.”
– THE Marcaccinis
Our Quality Management System is the platform that we use to guarantee food safety, compliance with quality standards and to create value for consumers. To ensure compliance with our high standards, Villa Dolce requires tests and quality control checks at multiple stages of the manufacturing process and independent, third-party testing of our products for validation purposes.
At the center of our quality assurance efforts is our Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program. Our rigorous program identifies food safety risks, establishes controls, and outlines monitoring procedures to prevent food safety problems. We also apply internationally recognized Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure quality and food safety. Our program covers all aspects of manufacturing, including standard operating procedures, people management and training, equipment maintenance, and handling of materials.
In line with our rigorous standards, we maintain many pre-requisite food safety programs such as Pest and Chemical Controls, Consumer Response System, Vendor Approval program, Allergen Control, Sanitation Processes, Employee Training, Product Traceability and Recall, Food Defense and Bio-Terrorism Program, etc. Supporting quality programs are in place to ensure all products are manufactured to meet pre-established specification – sensory evaluation, product weight inspections, customer feedback, and analysis of physical, chemical and microbiological variables.
Our facility operates under FDA regulations. We are inspected biannually by the Department of Agriculture. Third-party audits are carried out by some of our customers which include Fresh& Easy, United Airlines and Safeway Supermarket. We are also audited and have always met the quality requirements of California Milk Advisory Board.
In 2013, Villa Dolce purchased a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Phoenix, AZ, to consolidate production and expand capacity to fulfill the growing nationwide demand.
The HACCP-run facility combines the latest technology with traditional, old-world artisan recipes to produce approximate 45 flavors of delicious Gelato and Sorbetto.
Villa Dolce uses all the authentic Italian techniques to craft its Gelato. First, it starts with the equipment: imported from Italy where it’s been manufactured for hundreds of years. Next, you need the freshest ingredients – nothing artificial goes into Villa Dolce Gelato.
Each batch of Gelato is made from scratch – slow churned to ensure the fresh ingredients and flavors stand out to attain the soft, creamy texture with very little air whipped in. The Gelato undergoes pasteurization to ensure the Gelato stays bacteria free; by slowly raising the temperature Villa Dolce keeps the ingredients stable to improve the taste and texture of the finished products.