Founded in 1990 by Domenico Giovannini in Rome, Alice Pizza is the first Italian takeaway pizza chain with 161 stores. To date, 15 stores are managed directly, while the remaining 146 are in franchising; stores are mainly on the road with a strong concentration in Lazio (Rome). The franchise network includes 5 stores abroad (Madrid, Dubai, Philadelphia, Santiago de Compostela and Malta). The business model is based on the complete decentralization of operating activities, carried out thanks to the training of pizza makers and sales staff in each point of sale; each store is independent from the production point of view based on the group’s standards, also applied to the format and layout. The key products are purchased from a few centrally selected suppliers.
Founded in Mantova in 1990 by Alberto Iori, Abaco is a leading European player in software for agriculture. Its solutions include (i) software for managing governments’ payments to the agricultural sector (IACS), (ii) precision farming and (iii) supply chain control and product traceability for the food & beverage industry. Technological competitive edge: Abaco’s suite of products is based on a territory resource planning platform, able to process and analyse geo-spatial data (satellite and aerial images, field sensors, etc.) and administrative information. Abaco is able to provide end-to-end software solutions by customising and configuring pre-developed modules with huge cost advantages compared to traditional system integrators. Key clients include European and non-European governments and paying agencies (IACS solutions), domestic and international food & beverage companies and agricultural SMEs (precision farming and supply chain solutions). The Company generates more than 60% of its turnover abroad (UK is the first country).
Gruppo La Piadineria is the largest “piadineria” chain in Italy with over 130 retail stores (directly owned or in franchising) based in shopping centers and urban areas in Northern and Central Italy. The company was founded in Brescia in 1994 by Pierantonio Milani and Franco Beccaria. In 2006 Donato Romano joined as Chief Executive Officer. He has contributed to launch a double figures growing trend, delivering to the current turnover. Operations are lean, fullt standardized and optimized. All the stores branded “La Piadineria” offer the same menu, which includes more than 30 kinds of “piadina” both sweet and salty, cooked and filled directly at the store when placing the order. The dough for “piadina” is entirely produced in the plant in Montirone, near Brescia. All the beverages and ingredients for stuffing are sourced centrally from Italian distributors to guarantee both the efficiency and the product quality, and delivered to each single network store. Since 2010 Gruppo La Piadineria has opened about 10 new stores per year, growing constantly thanks to the positive cash generation.
Gelato d’Italia - Indian is an Italian ice cream producer, serving mainly the modern trade channel. The company was founded in 1958 in Cavriago, in Emilia-Romagna region, by the Olivi family who has wholly owned the property for four generations. The production has been run in an unique plant provided with 15 flexible production lines. Indian offers a wide product portfolio including ice popsicles, glasses, sticks, sandwiches, mini ice creams and tubs. The firm sells its products in Italy (70%), Europe (24%) and United States (6%). Private labels represent approximately 75% of total revenues. Clients portfolio is wide and diversified, and includes big supermarket chains and multinational firms.
Lurisia (Acque Minerali S.r.l.), a company founded in Roccaforte Mondovì (Cuneo area) in 1940, is a producer of premium mineral water and soft drinks in Lurisia brand. Lurisia is one of the best known brands in the Italian market thanks to its premium positioning, the quality of its products and the ability to innovate. The company produces about 60 mn liters of mineral water per annum in a single processing plant adjacent to the Mount Pigna. The natural spring sources are situated at 1,400 m above sea level, and considering the fixed residue of about 35 mg/liter, the water can be included among the prestigious “minimum mineralized waters”. In 2008 Lurisia was the first mineral water brand to package its product in a bell-shaped glass bottle in the “Bolle and Stille” design created by the Sottsass Studio. In the same year the company launched a line of products inspired by ancient Italian tradition recipes (chinotto, gazzosa, tonic water and orangeade), produced with the finest raw materials under Slow Food Presidium. Lurisia sells its products mainly in the Ho.Re.Ca. Italy channel throughout distributors, and in the GDO Italy directly. The company has been present in USA since 1992, and now exports its products all over in the world.
Founded in 1977 in Piacenza, CDS is an independent Italian leader in the production of plastic caps for beverages. The company produces also disposable plastic cutlery. CDS produces ca. 11 billion caps per annum in four plants, among which two are based in Italy (Piacenza and Florence), one in Spain, and another one in the Czech Republic. With a market share of about 30% in Italy and Spain, and ca. 10% in Europe, the company is the Italian leader for technological know-how, innovative capability, and service level. CDS clients include the main Italian and European mineral waters and soft drinks bottlers for plastic caps, catering operators and wholesalers for disposable cutlery.
Casa Vinicola Botter was founded by Carlo Botter at Fossalta di Piave, near Venice in 1928. The company is now the 7th largest Italian wine producer in terms of revenues. In 2017 Casa Vinicola Botter sold about 86 million bottles, providing the major international retailers with a wide wine offer representative of the main Italian regions with focus on Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Primitivo. In the last ten years the company has continued to grow succeeding in tripling its revenues, and it gains credit as the most dynamic, innovative and efficient Italian wine producer. According to the market study on the Italian wine sector in 2017 edited by Mediobanca, the company gained the podium both for its propensity to export (which is about 97% of its revenues) and the high profitable performance.