Coppola Foods, a third generation Italian food family business from Salerno, in the South of Italy, is celebrating the news that its Coppola Torchietti pasta and Coppola legumes, Borlotti and Bianchi di Spagna, have wowed judges in the Great Taste 2013 by being awarded Golden Stars.


The Great Taste is the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting. Great Taste is simply about taste, not clever branding or smart packaging. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product. 


Coppola Torchietti have received a Gold Star and have been highly rated for its â€œfantastically dramatic appearance and an unusual, firm texture that would retain sauce well”. Judges have also highlighted Coppola Torchietti’s â€œrobust wholesome lingering wheat flavour that finishes on the palate gradually”.
Coppola legumes, Borlotti and Bianchi di Spagna, also received a Golden Star each. Judges have found the beans to be â€œvery creamy” and with a very good texture. Judges were â€œpleased to get such a lot of flavour” from Borlotti, highlighting its â€œlovely earthy aroma and a nice nutty flavour”. While pointing out that Coppola Bianchi di Spagna is holding its â€œshape very well” and has â€œa very good flavour for an unsalted bean” as well as “an attractive wholesome appearance”
Ernesto Coppola, Managing Director of Coppola Foods, has commented on the results of the awards:
“I’m extremely delighted about such fantastic recognition our simple staple products received out of almost 10,000 products entered into Great Taste this year. Great Taste is the most prestigious and trusted independent accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink and we were very excited to get in for the first time even with a small range of products submitted. We are now looking forward to the great opportunities ahead having gained extra credibility and support for our Coppola Gusto Italiano line.”
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About Coppola Foods:

Coppola Foods is an Italian family business, with a long tradition of quality food products manufacturing and distribution. Our heritage dates back to 1908 when the Coppola family started serving and trading food in Mercato San Severino, Salerno, Italy. In 1952, Ernesto Coppola began canning and selling for the export markets the ripe and flavourful San Marzano tomatoes grown in the area. Today, as the third generation of the Coppola family, we continue to be passionate about food and deliver authentic Italian staples that are the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet.
All our products are produced in Italy, using only all-natural and high-quality ingredients.

Coppola Foods’ premium quality Coppola Gusto Italiano line includes 100% Italian canned tomatoes grown in Southern Italy; traditional Italian legumes, packed in water with no salt added; extra virgin olive oil made from 100% Italian olives collected and milled in Southern Italy; and, 100% durum wheat semolina pasta made according to age-old quality traditions from Campania, shaped using bronze dies and slow-dried at low temperatures in order to keep the pasta proteinic and organoleptic properties unaltered.
Traditional italian food produced in Italy using natural and quality ingredients

What is Great Taste?
Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.
Since 1994 over 80,000 products have been evaluated. This year alone, almost 10,000 products were blind-tasted by panels of specialists: top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
What are Great Taste judges looking for?
They’re looking for great texture and appearance. They judge the quality of ingredients and how well the maker has put the food or drink together. But above all, they are looking for truly great taste.
How do they work?
Working in small teams, experts taste 25 foods in each sitting, discussing each product as a coordinating food writer transcribes their comments directly onto the Great Taste website which producers access after judging is completed. Over the years, numerous food businesses, start-ups and well established producers have been advised how to modify their foods and have subsequently gone on to achieve Great Taste stars. 
Any food that a judging team believes is worthy of Great Taste stars is judged by at least two further teams. Only when there is a consensus will an award be given – that means at least 16 judges will have tasted every accredited product. For Great Taste 3-star, every single judge attending the session, which can be as many as 40 experts must unanimously agree the food delivers that indescribable ‘wow’ factor. 
What should consumers look for?
The logo. The Great Taste symbol is their guarantee a product has been through a rigorous and independent judging process. It’s not about smart packaging or clever marketing – it’s all about taste.
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