Iranian ice cream and cotton candy enjoyed on three continents

Etminan Ice Cream: The Sweet Taste of Quality

Commitment to excellence and a secret recipe are the key to producing the best desserts

© 2016 Ramen / Jave Zam

There is a special place in our hearts for ice cream and cotton candy. Their flavors recall summer and childhood, bring us back to family reunions and fun picnics. Ice cream and cotton candy are the quintessential tastes of happiness.

Producing these two standouts of modern cuisine is truly an art. The process has changed a lot tince the first ice cream cones were created in ancient China, in around 200 BC, from a frozen mixture of rice puree and milk.

Today, more than 2,000 different flavors of ice cream are produced worldwide, though vanilla and chocolate are still favorites among consumers. And the global spread of ice cream is such that in almost every country on Earth, one can find its own local maker of this creamy delight.

Under the light of those facts, it is evident that the ice cream market is a competitive one. With thousands of producers around the world, the market for this popular dessert is pretty crowded. It is a similar situation with cotton candy, another childhood favorite. This sweet treat its globally produced in excess of one thousand tons, and eaten as a dessert or snack in more than 170 countries. For these reasons, to find an Iranian company that has actually been able to produce such high quality ice cream and cotton candy that it is not only locally successful, but exports to Germany, Australia, and Canada, is simply put: amazing.

From the Arab heat comes the best ice cream

© 2016 Ramen / Jave Zam

This is the tale of Etminan Azargol Co., an Iranian manufacturer of ice cream and cotton candy that has achieved international recognition for the quality and flavor of its products.

Etminan Azargol Co. has two clearly delineated product lines. The first is Etminan Ice Cream, which currently produces more than 35 different flavors. The second is Hajabdollah cotton candy, which is the first company in Iran to make the transition from selling cotton candy in a bulk-packaging format to the more modern individual-portion package, just like in Europe and America.

Hajabdollah cotton candy has been sweetening the Iranian market more than fifty years, and has become a staple among Iranian desserts. The key to their success remains the secret formula of Hajabdollah cotton candy production, a secret whose only clue remains in the fact that this cotton candy is much more than mere liquefied sugar. In fact some of the varieties produced by Hajabdollah contain pieces of fruit, and some others are even covered in chocolate.

For their innovation and dedication to quality, for sustaining the highest standards of food production, for creating a product of such quality that it has conquered markets in three different continents, Business Initiative Directions has decided to award the Etminan Azargol Co. with the BID Quality Award 2016 in recognition of their commitment to Quality and excellence.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.

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