DESTIN, Fla., April 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pino Gelato announced the acquisition of three new corporate stores in Destin, FL. The new locations, in addition to the company headquarters in Hilton Head Island, SC, mark four total corporate operated stores. The Pino Gelato brand continues to Scoop Some Happiness to new and existing customers during the development of Pino Gelato locations transitioned from a previous local chain of gelato stores. The company continues to expand upon existing locations in five airports (seven locations), four individual licensees and four corporate stores, to continue to offer the same quality service, premium ingredients and authentic Italian experience Pino Gelato fans know and love.

The area of Fort Walton County in Northwest Florida Gulf Coast is now home to Pino Gelato Café in Silver Sands Premium Outlets, a full-scale gelateria in the outdoor shopping mall serving authentic gelato and sorbetto, boasting a full menu inclusive of panini, specialty coffees, and a selection of beer and wines. Pino Gelato at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has an array of boutiques, eateries and outdoor festivals with activities perfect for spending an awesome day, evening, or vacation week. Pino Gelato at The Boardwalk is a unique location and vibe just steps off the famous beach known as part of The Emerald Coast. The Pino Gelato Team has invested time and effort embedding happiness in order to get to know the local community. Pino Gelato gives back 5 percent of company annual sales to animal rescue organizations. An upcoming community event announcing Pino Gelato support of Alaqua Animal Refuge on April 25th, 2014 at Pino Gelato at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.  

Ramona Fantini, Chairman and CEO of Pino Gelato, has received the 2013 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award and 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Giving back to the community is a recognized part of both of these awards. Previous awards include: 2012 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award and selected runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Person of the Year for South Carolina "in recognition of Pino Gelato outstanding staying power and innovation." Pino Gelato was the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber Small Business of the Year recipient in 2010. "Pino Gelato sets itself apart by offering each customer 'an experience' and the genuine taste of Italy with every scoop," said Fantini.

About Pino Gelato: Pino Gelato is headquartered in Hilton Head Island, SC, and operates under a licensing rather than franchising business model. Pino Gelato celebrates the 10th anniversary serving customers a signature product with distinct flavor only genuine gelato can provide. Pino Gelato is focused on continued growth in 2014. For business development opportunities, locations, products, and information about Pino Gelato visit

Ramona Fantini
Chairman and CEO, Pino Gelato