Timeline

August 7, 2007
Josh and Bruno open the Flagship Store in Brunswick. It’s open 16 hours a day. Bruno makes the gelato daily, and Josh lives in an apartment above the store.

November 12, 2007
Dark Chocolate Noir Sorbetto is first created in response to a chef’s challenge.

April 1, 2009
Gelato Fiasco responds to a fiscal crisis at the Brunswick Teen Center and holds a fundraiser where scoopers served on average about one dish of gelato or cup of espresso per minute, every minute, for 10 hours of the day. The event raised funds to fill the Teen Center’s end-of-year gap and pay for a month’s worth of operating costs and created the basis for our future Scooping for Community Program.

April 4, 2010
The Gelato Fiasco Flagship Store closes for four days for renovation because heavy foot traffic wore through the floors.

January 20, 2012
The Gelato Fiasco Old Port opens in the middle of winter, giving us a few months to work out the kinks.

March 20, 2012
The first taste of Sweet Resurgam Gelato is offered. The burnt sugar, roasted almond, and chocolate-sliver flavor celebrates our new Old Port store. It’s supposed to be available for a limited time, but folks love it immensely and overwhelmingly vote to make it a permanent flavor in our Brunswick and Portland stores.

October 7, 2013
Our new jar-inspired pint packaging is officially released. The release represents a new stage in Gelato Fiasco’s mission to bring Maine-made gelato to people inside and outside of Maine.

May 9, 2014
Gelato Fiasco becomes available at the more than 150 stores of The Fresh Market. Our gelato can now be found in a majority of U.S. states. The new gelatofiasco.com launches at the same time.

August 1, 2014
Bon Appetit names Maine Wild Blueberry Crisp Gelato as one of America’s best store-bought craft ice creams.

November 28, 2014
We launch three new seasonal flavors in pints and stores for the holidays: Santa’s Little Helper Gelato, Red Flannel Whoopie Pie Gelato, and Darkest Chocolate Peppermint Sorbetto.

April 15, 2015
Gelato Fiasco can be found in more than 2,000 stores in 45 U.S. states.

July 20, 2015
We break ground on a major expansion of our Flavor Foundry in Brunswick. The new kitchen and storage facility and larger staff will allow us to keep making every single pint in Brunswick.

August 1, 2015
The editors of O: The Oprah Magazine choose a pint of Ripe Mango Sorbetto as one of their favorite summer flavors.

January 1, 2016
Having launched in some of the nation’s largest grocers, Gelato Fiasco is now in more than 5,000 grocery stores across the United States, including Publix, Giant, and Stop & Shop.

April 2, 2016
The Wall Street Journal places Gelato Fiasco on The Off Duty 50, its list of great products, styles, trends, and recipes for spring.

June 26, 2016
Ripe Mango Sorbetto receives the No. 1. sofi Gold Award for Best Frozen Dessert at the Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show in New York City. These are among the most prestigious awards in the specialty food world.

December 5, 2016
Gelato Fiasco opens a one-week pop-up shop, the Gelato Fiasco Holiday Lodge, on Newbury Street in Boston, to kick off the holiday season.

June 25, 2017
Another sofi Award: Mascarpone Pistachio Caramel Gelato receives the Silver Award for Best Frozen Dessert.