Nappi Amarena Cocktail Cherries: The Story
The story of Nappi begins in 1911 in the village of San Gennaro Vesuviano, which is located in the southern area of Naples, Italy in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Starting as a small shop that would sort and clean fresh fruits and nuts, it slowly grew over time and has always been run by the Nappi family. In the 1950's and 1960's, they expanded and diversified the business, which led to the introduction of the now famous Amarena Nappi cocktail cherries.
During the 1990's, the Nappi family invested further into the company with the construction of a new 660,000 square foot facility. This allowed them to blend their history of high quality, traditional Italian products with more modern production innovation. As the millenium approached, the Nappi family understood that it was time to further differentiate its products and they successfully ventured into the production of semi-finished products for gelato while adding new items every year.
Along with Nappi Amarena cocktail cherries, the family offers over one thousand different products through its 14 production lines serving 87 countries around the world.
Another reason to love Nappi: Eco-friendly approach to product and process
The Nappi facility is powered by a solar panel array that generates 600 Kwh of electricity and they have heat generators that create it using biomass and methane. 2015 saw Nappi Amarena cherries win the prestigious Award of Excellence from the ITQI in Brussels, Belgium (I had no idea what it was until being introduced to Nappi, it is a large panel of independent chefs and sommeliers and can be found here http://www.itqi.com. Not only did they receive the award for Superior Taste but got all 3 stars in the process, which is a big deal in the foodie world!