Giancarlo Zigante has spent his life with truffles, but during the past 25 years he was dedicated to a mission – to familiarize with truffles all those who don’t have the luck to live in the Centre of the truffles world as he does.
The discovery of the biggest truffle marked the beginning of the business success of the Zigante company, today the leading name in the world of Croatian truffles
The headquarters of Zigante tartufi d.o.o., the leading name in processing and selling truffles in Croatia, is located in Plovanija near Buje. The business building and the plant for processing and packaging products from truffles was formally opened by the President of the Republic of Croatia Mr Stjepan Mesić in June 2008.
The production in the Zigante plant is fully automated and the overall technological equipment and the employees’ expertise are the guarantee for the production of unique products on the basis of truffles which the buyers can enjoy the whole year long.
The production portfolio contains in total approximately 50 truffle-based products and it is a confirmation of continuous work along with best raw materials. There is the white autumn truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) and the black summer truffle (Tuber AestivumVitt) from forest areas of the Istrian region. Truffles are canned whole, minced or sliced, as individual products or with added ingredients such as mushrooms, olives, honey, olive oil and the like. Products processed in this manner make it possible for a wide range of buyers to prepare top quality dishes on the basis of truffles in a short period of time and at affordable prices.
The Zigante Delice assortment is also produced on the same production line. Delice is a product range produced solely from the best and 100 % natural ingredients, but without truffles. It includes edible boletus, olive and rosemary creams, fresh tomato sauces with mushrooms and aromatic Mediterranean herbs, olive oil with rosemary, basil, hot pepper and lemon flavour and sweets such as apricot and fig jam as well as acacia honey with added dried fruits and nut fruits.
In addition to truffles and products based on truffles, the company is also producing five types of extra virgin olive oil from indigenous Istrian varieties (Istarska bjelica, lecciono, frantoio, buža and blend) as well as six labels of premium wines (Malvazija Istarska, Rose Castagna, Cabernet Sauvignon, S.Stefano, Terano S.Stefano Gran Riserva and sparkling wine Brut). In total more than 50 various products with or without truffles are produced in five production lines: Standard, Premium, Gastro, Delice and Private label.