More From Italy!

Caio from Italia!
Three days of SIGEP are in the books and we have two more to go. The American Pistachio Growers and I have been hard at work for three days spreading awareness of California grown pistachios to the trade show attendees of all nationalities! We have had hundreds of people stop by our booth wanting to sample our pistachios. After they enjoy a taste they are shocked that they came from California. There has been a hug16176504_10155247134868455_1218393148_ne interest of placing an order for our American grown pistachios. It has been a very successful three days if you ask me!

When you walk in to SIGEP you are exposed to gelato heaven. I cannot believe how many gelato businesses are in the industry! Every business is sampling and giving out free gelato, which of course means I have been tasting more gelato than I ever thought I would. Good thing I am a fan of exercise and fitness 😊 16176374_10155247134578455_865515547_n

From the sections of the convention center that I have walked around, I have not noticed another American company other than
American Pistachio Growers. I am very proud to be a brand ambassador for an association that has the drive and
wants to spread their brand and product world wide. Even though it may be challenging at times to communicate because of the language barrier, every person who has tasted our pistachios has said. “Yum! Yes, very very good!” 16325473_10155255389988455_317925507_oMy days have been full of explaining “Pistacci California,” taking photos with very friendly people, speaking small phrases of Italian and spending time with the amazing APG staff. Now it is time to get some rest and get ready for two more days in Rimini!
Buona notte,



After 25 hours of travel, a delayed flight, a layover in Frankfurt, a re-routed flight from Florence to Bologna and a bus from Bologna, we finally made it to Florence!

I am here in Italy with Judy and Rebecca from the American Pistachio Growers (APG) to represent APG and American grown pistachios at SIGEP, a 5-day trade show, in Rimini. This isn’t your typical trade show, it is a gelato, bakery and confection ingredient show!

Jessa and JudyBefore making our way over to Rimini, we enjoyed a couple days exploring other breathtaking cities in Italy. First up was Firenze, aka Florence! The first thing I said when I looked out at the view of my hotel room was WOW. I could not believe how stunning the scenery of the city is. After a day full of playing tourist, I can assure you that my WOW did not fade. From the Basilica di San Croce, walking across the Ponte Vecchio, climbing the Duomo, exploring the old mansion turned museum of the Medici’s, enjoying the view of the entire city at the Piazzale Michelangelo, seeing the famous David sculpture in the Galleria dell’Accademi and eating yummy Florentine food, I loved every second of Florence!

The next day of my Italy adventure, we started with a quick train ride to the beautiful city of Bologna. Bologna is full of vibrant colors, more tasty food (of course) and EVEN MORE breathtaking views. My favorite part about my day in Bologna was climbing the famous tower and taking in the view of the entire city and beyond. Let me tell you, w
hen you climb the tower those stairs feel never ending, but when you reach the top it is worth every step!

Jessa in FlorenceTomorrow we will journey over to Rimini and will begin preparing for SIGEP. So far, my time in Italia has been unbelievable and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be an official American Pistachio Growers brand ambassador for my year as Miss California. Thank you for your support and sponsorship of the Miss California Organization, APG! I have had a blast representing your organization and can’t wait to share the perfect snack and American grown pistachios with even more of the world.

Caio for now!