1995 A privately owned Austrian company, Hama Foodservice GmbH, located in Hof near Salzburg, develops and applies for a patent for QimiQ the first Cream Base.
1998 HAMA Foodservice Ges.m.b.H. secures a license agreement with EMMI Butterzentrale AG, Lucerne, Switzerland to launch QimiQ in Switzerland.
1999/2000 QimiQ patent and trademark are granted.
2000/2001 QimiQ launches on the Austrian market (food service and retail).
2003 QimiQ wins the gold medal at the Mercury Awards and is pronounced overall winner as the best and most innovative product.
2004 QimiQ wins the ICD Award (Switzerland) as the best and most innovative product.
2005-2008 Further patent applications are granted.
2008 Product range expansion to include QimiQ Whip, the first Cream Base for whipping, Qiminaise (mayonnaise without egg) and QimiQ Sauce Base – for smooth and creamy sauces and soups.
QimiQ Cream Base is exported to:
Bahrain, Benelux, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Rumania, Scandinavia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Tyrol, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Arab Emirates.
Production sites in
Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Japan and USA
QimiQ Handels GmbH Headquarters
A-5322 Hof bei Salzburg
t: + 43/ 6229/ 34 83 0
f: + 43/ 6229/ 34 83 30
About Gourmet Foods International
In 1967, our founder, Russell McCall, began his business by opening a single cheese and wine shop in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in imported and domestic cheeses, wine, and fine foods. 43 years later, his love for the world's finest gourmet foods continues to inspire Atlanta Foods International associates to pursue excellence in the specialty food business. I speak for everyone at Gourmet Foods in saying thank you to Russ for giving us the opportunity to excel in this industry.
Our passion for fine foods is what has driven our company to become a leading specialty food supplier in the nation - and growing every year.
Our two Gourmet Foods International (GFI) divisions, located in Pompano Beach, Florida and Lakeland, Florida, now offer expanded delivery service and expanded product offerings to every city in Florida.
Gourmet Foods International is the source for many of the world's finest gourmet foods. We believe that exceptional specialty food programs feature top quality products, offered in an extraordinary variety. Our category specialists travel to, and work directly with, select producers and cheesemakers in Europe and North America. This direct approach enables our company to offer you the broadest variety of unique hand crafted cheeses and other specialty products. Our inventory is stored in an ideal environment specific to each product type. This allows our customers to feel confident that the products you purchase to sell or serve your patrons will be the freshest and of the highest quality possible.
Our company's entrepreneurial spirit has allowed us to become known as the creative leader in the business. We look forward to working with you and invite you to share our passion for specialty food.
Doug Jay, President
Gourmet Foods International Divisions
Gourmet Foods International | Corporate Headquarters
255 Spring St SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
404-688-1315 or 1-800-966-6172
Gourmet Foods International-Pompano Beach
1100 NW 33rd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Gourmet Foods International-Lakeland
8000 State Road 33 North
Lakeland, FL 33809