The art of delivering quality
Every company starts with an idea: a creative spark which is progressively transformed into a true
and enduring passion, and into the love of a job well done.
At the beginning of the 20th century, my grandfather Angelo had just such an idea and the passion
which enabled him to lay the base for the foundation of the Colussi Group. In hindsight, I can now say that
my grandfather’s selection of the finest grains to produce fragrant bread and to bake Baicoli (traditional
Venetian biscuits) and our famous Gran Turchese pastry biscuits, have inspired the Colussi Group to create a
complete range of products that all feature high quality raw materials, special care in their preparation and
a never ending attention to rapidly evolving consumer nutritional needs.
My grandfather proudly handed down his craftsmanship to my father Giacomo, who in turn has
passed it down to me so that I can continue our family’s vocation: the creation and production of fine,
authentic foods which are fully capable of satisfying the tastes and expectations of the many consumers who
choose our products every day.
Today, the Colussi Group owns some of the most famous brands in the Italian food industry. These
trademarks were chosen not only because of their history, but especially because they highlight our method
of doing business. The cornerstones of our shared modus operandi include a commitment to excellence, a
passion for Mediterranean food culture and the ability to perceive consumer needs in order to translate them
into innovative products. In today’s globalised world and with a noticeable presence in many foreign markets,
our brands have become showpieces of what Made in Italy quality is all about.
The Colussi Group – with its brands (Colussi, Agnesi, Misura, Flora and Sapori 1832), its
people and its products – is growing day after day with the same passion as 100 years ago. Our aim is
to reconcile an approach to successful business with ethics, tradition with innovation, and technical
leadership with creativity.
Angelo Colussi, the progenitor of our
family, opens his first small shop in Venice.
At first, the Colussi oven produces only
bread, but later specializes in baking Baicoli,
the famous Venetian biscuits based on an
Angelo’s sons Alessandro, Giacomo and
Alberto inherit the family business and open
the company’s first factory with cutting-edge
technology, which marks the transition from
handcrafted production to industrial
While Italy faces a period of
reconstruction and economic recovery,
Giacomo – a man with a strong
entrepreneurial spirit – transforms the
company together with its tradition,
commitment, enthusiasm and love for a job
being well done into a modern factory which
will remain one of Italy’s most important
manufacturing facilities to this day.
1955 sees the launch of Gran Turchese, a
delicious pastry biscuit which will soon win
over generations of Italians and turn Colussi
into one of the best-loved brands in the baked
This decade is characterized by the first
diversification of the company’s products:
new bakery products lines such us toasts
and crackers are added to the traditional
The company continues to expand its
range of bakery products with the
introduction of oven-baked snacks. Colussi
also enters the pasta, rice and condiments
markets. During this decade, the company
establishes itself as a major Ital ian food
company specializing in the production and
marketing of a full range of high-quality
products that are designed to cater to the
diverse, ever changing needs of consumers.
At the start of the new millennium, the
company is ready to take up new challenges
and conquer new markets. It adds fine pastry
specialties and industrially produced bread
substitute products to its existing range of
items, and increases its presence in foreign
markets. As a promoter of the Italian
culinary tradition and a steadfast supporter of
high quality in all of its operations, the Colussi
Group is committed to fulfilling a mission of
internationalizing and diffusing Italian savoir
faire throughout the world.
of a leading food group
Colussi buys the Misura brand from the
US multinational Heinz and enters the well-
ness food segment with a brand which is
already well-established and very popular
This year marks the beginning of Colussi’s
important industrial partnership with FoodCo,
which is aimed at entering the merendine (soft
sweet oven-baked snacks) market.
Colussi increases its production capacity
for toasts and begins to export pasta, thanks
to its acquisition of the Audisio brand from a
leading Dutch multinational company (CSM).
Colussi acquires the entire Agnesi Group
(with its Agnesi, Flora and Ponte brands)
from Danone which enables it to increase
its share of the pasta market and enter the
rice market. The transaction also involves the
purchase of a licence for the Liebig brand
for the Italian market, a move which gives
Colussi the opportunity to enter into
To reinforce the Colussi brand, the
Company acquires the control of Colussi
Milano, a company founded by a branch of
the family which is active in the biscuit market.
The Colussi Group acquires Eurico from
Cereol-Eridania Beghin-Say, thus expanding its
presence in the rice market from only
“parboiled” into “white” rice.
That same year, it acquires the famous
Maltagliati pasta brand, the leading imported
pasta in Russia.
The Colussi Group buys Sapori di Siena
with its brands Sapori 1832, Pepi, Tinti, Parenti
With this acquisition, the range of products
offered by the Colussi Group now includes
traditional Tuscan confectionary products and
Colussi buys Albea 90, a company
specialized in the industrial production of
Colussi takes over Pangram to boost its
presence in Eastern European pasta markets.
That same year, it signs an important
agreement with Del Monte Europe Ltd for the
exclusive marketing of canned fruits and fruit
drinks through modern sales channels in Italy.
Colussi launches the CI Group, a joint
venture with the Russian company Infolink,
with the ambition of consolidating and
increasing its position on the Russian and
Always doing things well,
always doing things better
We nourish our brands and products
with values, technology, research
and innovation to build them strong
and keep them always up-to-date.
What we do is inspired by four
values that are the cornerstones of
Our commitment to those who
choose our products. Our guiding
Research, development and
dynamism in defence of tradition.
We listen, respond, take action, and
honour our commitments.
We employ environmentally friendly
behaviours and procedures that will
also benefit future generations.
Throughout our company’s over one hundred
years of activity, our entrepreneurial heritage
has consistently inspired us to do better.
This passion has been handed down from
father to son, along with a capacity to observe
and understand the market, and then provide
consumers with prompt, effective solutions.
The products we offer not only reflect Italy’s
tradition of fine food, but are also tastier and
healthier than ever before, thanks to the use
of long accumulated know-how combined
with advanced technology.
Our strength lies in our enthusiasm. We’re
committed to offering a range of products
that can effectively meet the ever-changing
needs of an increasingly diversified clientele.
With this goal in mind we create new
categories of products and improve upon
existing ones. During the pr ocess, we
operate according to strict standards of
ethics and sustainability so that our
consumers, our staff and our partner
companies always know where they stand.
Our know-how is a heritage which we strive