It all started next to a waterfall, whose water, throwing itself from the mountain, produced energy. It was the beginning of the twentieth century, and between Torre and Dangio, a brewery was coming to life in the Blenio Valley, Canton Ticino.
Times were difficult in the Blenio Valley. The not so generous land did not give enough fruit to survive excellently, and many Bleniesi were forced to migrate. Among them the Cima brothers.
La fabrique du chocolat Cima
Once in Nice, they discovered with surprise a new trend, the chocolate. Everyone wanted it, and what everyone wants often bears good fruit. So they began to produce it and became experts in the art of chocolate making. Then, in 1903, with their pockets full of money, they returned to their native land determined to trade the Cima chocolate.
So they did, but luck didn't smile at them for long. Just 5 years later, in the night between 28 and 29 August, the River Soja overflowed. The factory was almost destroyed.
The (unfortunate) beginning of CimaNorma
Another repatriation helped them: Giuseppe Pagani had become rich in London as a restaurant owner and had good relations with the Swiss Consumers' Association, now known as Coop. Pagani won them over as customers and bought Norma, a second factory in Zurich, to meet delivery obligations. Thus, the CimaNormafactory was born..
In 1915, however, another misfortune struck the developing company. CimaNorma was the victim of a devastating fire.
The golden years of CimaNorma
But after the descent, we know, there is the ascent, and this is how, after these unfortunate events, a period of flowering and growth began.
In 1920, the CimaNorma employed nearly 500 people in the Blenio Valley. In the 1950s, the village of Dangio-Torre was even richer than the city of Lugano.
CimaNorma profoundly influenced the lives of its workers and citizens of the Blenio Valley by creating a chocolate village. It provided the male workers with houses, the female workers a hostel, where the nuns taught them home economics and good manners, and the clerks had their little church.
The 1968, l'Annus horribilis
But then, again, the fall. In the night. Because the Swiss Consumers' Association ended the collaboration, everything ended quickly: In 1968, the chocolate company Cima Norma closed its doors, and everyone was fired. The Blenio Valley did not recover for a long time.
However, as the factory emblem says: Adversa Coronant; despite adversity, CimaNorma persists to this day.
The turning point and the dream of CimaNorma
Between 2001 and 2009, the architect Marino Venturini rcreated lofts within the factory spaces. A few years later, timidly, a new era starts, the foundation "The Chocolate Factory", which gives new life to the former industrial complex of Torre-Dangio, transforming it into a dynamic laboratory that hosts cultural and artistic productions from all over the world.
In 2017 Venturini, who in the meantime became the owner of the building, relaunched the CimaNorma Collection, brand with a limited edition.
But the real turning point comes in 2019 when the entrepreneur Abouzar Rahmani Abouzar Rahmani buys and relaunches CimaNorma in all respects.
The legacy continues…
Meanwhile, production has moved to Rancate, where Domani Food SA produces chocolate in its modern plant, made from seed to tablet in Switzerland, with the best organic ingredients of sustainable origin.
In line with the respect and trust in the tradition typical of CimaNorma, Domani Food has given new life to the chocolate of the Blenio Valley by looking at the demands of modern consumers and promoting a balanced approach towards nutrition.
A new life for CimaNorma and a new dream for chocolate made in Ticino ...