This is a history that explains how an exemplary agricultural reality can be born from a man’s dream and ideals. Today the company successfully exports its products all over the world, holding fast to the principles of salubriousness and protection of the environment. In 1971 Gino Girolomoni, young and versatile mayor of the municipality of Isola del Piano (PU) began to promote some activities oriented at enhancing and supporting ancient country culture. These first experiences were at the roots of the birth, in 1977, of the ‘Alce Nero’ cooperative. Its trademark was made over about 25 years later, becoming Montebello®, whose graphic symbol represents the monastery where the cooperative has its seat. Girolomoni himself has always been the President of this agricultural reality. Ever since, he has always worked in order to promote both organic agriculture and fight against GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). The cooperative, that was one of the first in Europe to cultivate with the bio method, made pioneer decisions for that time, organizing, in 1978, the first Italian course of organic agriculture and building on the hill of Montebello a pasta factory completely organic. Following its founder’s decease, in 2012, the trademark Montebello® was replaced by the mark Girolomoni®.
5.000 tonns of pasta every year
At present Gino’s son, Giovanni Battista Girolomoni, manages the cooperative and coordinates the activity carried out by 30 affiliates and more than 80 agricultural companies that carry wheat, spelt, ancient cereals to the cooperative. The tons of raw materials brought every year are about 3.000, while 5.000 tons of pasta are produced. The historic product is organic brown pasta, of which the cooperative was the first producer in Italy, so that it anticipated the laws in force. On the other hand, during the last few years the company specialization concerns pasta with ‘ancient wheat’, particularly with dicoccum spelt, Senatore Cappelli, and Graziella Ra. With time, and following consumers’ requests, a wide series of products, among which there are purees, oils, jams, rice, and coffee coming from both affiliates of the cooperative and strictly organic external companies, was put together with the range of pasta. 90% of the proceeds of sales goes abroad and reaches a big number of countries: New Zealand, Germany, France, USA, Japan. In Italy the products with the trademark Girolomoni are sold, besides in the company farm holidays and the two near sale points of Urbino and Fossombrone (PU), only in shops specialized in organic food, delicatessens, fair trade points, restaurants, and solidarity based purchasing groups. Large-scale retail trade is excluded.