«Research is the best stimulus which induces a company to remain at the forefront, offering compelling and innovative products». This is the thought expressed by Alfonso Pepe, the owner, alongside with his two brothers Prisco and Giuseppe, and his sister Anna, of the company Pepe Mastro Dolciere, born in the 80s at Sant'Egidio del Monte Albino, in the province of Salern0. Thanks to Pepe brothers' passion and commitment, it has become a leading company in the domain of artisan confectionery and leavened sweets for special occasions. Alfonso Pepe states: «We wanted to create something unique, personalized recipes, which could be found only in our store. When we consider all the awards we have received, I think we can claim we have succeeded».
From the classic Panettone, linked to its territory of origin thanks to the compliance with the specification, and enriched with citrus coming from the land of Campania, other versions of artisan Panettone are produced:
Panettone alle Albicocche del Vesuvio: realized with a variety of local apricot characterized by a sugary yellow pulp and an intense aroma, which gives the sweet an unusually fresh taste;
Panettone al Limoncello, where the soft dough of the classic Panettone is enriched with the scents of the Amalfi Coast thanks to Limoncello liqueur and candied lemon peel;
Panettone Mandorlato, with almonds;
Panettone al Cioccolato al Latte o Fondente, with milk chocolate and dark chocolate;
Panettone agli Agrumi di Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino;
Panettone al Caffè, with coffee;
Panettone ai Fichi Bianchi del Cilento DOP.
Alfonso says with pride: «I have been the first entrepreneur producing artisan Panettone in this area. At that time, it was a novelty for our customers, who were accustomed to the industrial Panettone. Today, specialized stores buy our products: wine shops, delicatessens, bars, restaurants. We have implemented a production system in compliance with the set of rules UNI EN ISO 9001 and UNI EN ISO 14001, and we export in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Our strategy for the future consists in continuing to remain ourselves, always maintaining the high quality of our products».