Davide Campari - Milano

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Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.
Type Società per azioni
Traded as BITCPR
Industry Beverages
Founded 1860
Headquarters Milan, Italy
Key people Robert (Bob) Kunze-Concewitz (CEO), Luca Garavoglia (Chairman)
Products Spirits, wines, soft drinks
Employees 4000+ (average, 2012) post LdM Acquisition[1]
Website www.camparigroup.com

Davide Campari - Milano, in the global branded beverage industry since 1860, is an Italian Company producing spirits, wines, and soft drinks. From its signature product, Campari Bitter, its portfolio has extended to include over 50 premium and super premium brands, like Aperol, Appleton, Campari, Dreher, Cinzano, SKYY Vodka and Wild Turkey.

Group Profile[edit]

Founded in Milan by Gaspare Campari and currently headquartered in Sesto San Giovanni, the Group is now a global company (sixth-largest player worldwide[2]) marketing and distributing its products in over 190 countries around the world. Production is concentrated in fourteen manufacturing plants: four of which are located in Italy, one in Greece, one in Scotland, one in Ukraine, one in the United States, one in Argentina, two in Brazil and Jamaica, and one in Mexico. Gruppo Campari also owns four wineries: three in Italy (Sella&Mosca, Teruzzi&Puthod and Enrico Serafino) and one in France (Lamargue). Gruppo Campari employs over 4,000 people and has its own distribution network in Italy, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Jamaica, Mexico, United States, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and China. Local distributors are additionally used in over 180 other markets. Gruppo Campari improved its performance over the years, doubling its size since the year of its listing on Piazza Affari in 2001, combining organic and external growth. Sales for 2012 amounted to € 1,340.8 million, 76.7% of which in spirits, 14.6% in wines and around 8% in soft drinks.[3] The Garavoglia family owns 51% of the share capital of the company.

History[edit]

The First Century[edit]

Gruppo Campari traces its beginnings back to 1860, with the birth of its flagship brand and signature, red aperitif beverage- Campari.[4] Born in 1828, Gaspare Campari, the inventor of the recipe, was the 10th child of a simple farmer. At 14 he started working as a waiter and started developing a strong interest for people's drinking habits, coming to create the product that would have taken his name. Deciding to open his own bar, it became so successful that he opened another in the heart of Milan, making his own cordials, cream liqueurs and bitters in the basement. His choice of location nearby the Duomo coincided with the opening of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, contributing to the fame of its bar and its bitters then called Bitter all'Uso d'Olanda, which became extremely popular at the time.[4]

In 1904 The historic production site at Sesto San Giovanni was inaugurated,( it will remain in operation until 2005 when the new production site was opened in Novi Ligure).

In 1926 Davide, Gaspare’s son, transformed the company by dropping the production of all drinks other than a Campari bitter and Cordial Campari. Davide also dedicated his considerable energy and focus to give the company a progressive international presence that will make the brand be known across the world.[5]

In 1932 Camparisoda, the first single serve aperitif in the world, was launched. The bottle was designed by Fortunato Depero, one of the most famous futurist artists of the time. The iconic bottle,[6] unchanged to this day, has become a symbol of everyday “usable” design objects in Italy and the world. According to Italy’s important newsmagazine La Domenica del Corriere [The Sunday Courrier] the new object was a “genuine novelty and wonder of the season.” Depero’s invention had many highly innovative features. It was the first single-dose product, it was ready for consumption and it contained the perfect pre-dinner drink mix of Campari and soda. Because the cone bottle looked like an inverted drinking glass, you could say that this Futurist really did turn conventional ideas of design upside-down.

Davide Campari died in 1936; ten years later, the company incorporated as Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. The company remained focused on this core product for most of the rest of the century, even after Domenico Garavoglia gained control of it in the 1970s.[7]

Sales grew especially strongly during the 1960s: by then, the Campari brands were distributed in over 80 different countries, and in another 30 years distribution will cover 190 countries across the globe.

1960-2014[edit]

The critical step took place at the beginning of the Nineties: the rapid consolidation of the global drinks market, and especially the creation of a small number of dominant players, such as Diageo and Allied Domecq forced Campari to make a choice between joining the race for market size, or simply defending its core, but niche product.[8] The first step towards building a competitive portfolio on the global market came in 1995 with the acquisition of the Italian business of the Dutch Group BolsWessanen. This brought a number of front-ranking names such as Crodino, Cynar, Lemonsoda, Oransoda, Biancosarti and Crodo.[9]

In 1998 the Group underwent a further expansion with the acquisition of a minority holding and world distribution rights (except for the USA) in Skyy Spirits LLC, owner of SKYY VodkaSkyy Spirits, LLC became the distributor for the whole Campari portfolio in the USA as part of the deal. Later in 1998 the Group gained the Italian distribution rights of Lipton Ice Tea, from Unilever Group.[10]

In 1999 expansion continued with the acquisition of Ouzo 12, the anise-based Greek spirit. In 1999 the Group also acquired Cinzano,[11] producing vermouth and sparkling wines and one of the most internationally known Italian brands.

In July 2001, the Group completed its IPO on Piazza Affari, in Italy's biggest IPO of the year.[12] The shares were priced at the lower end of the indicative price range of 30 to 38. The initial public offering was three times oversubscribed. The Group later acquired leading brands like the Dreher aguardiente, the Old Eight, Drury's, Gregson's and Gold Cup whiskies and Liebfraumilch wine.

In 2002 Campari finalized the acquisition of Zedda Piras S.p.A. (Mirto di Sardegna), owning a majority stake in Sella & Mosca S.p.A, both companies based in Sardinia, Italy. The same focus on wine brought the Group to acquired Riccadonna in 2003, producing Asti sparkling white wine.

In December 2003 the Gruppo Campari announces the acquisition of Barbero 1891 S.p.A that brought to the portfolio brands including Aperol, Aperol Soda and Barbieri liqueurs in the spirit segment; Mondoro and Enrico Serafino in wines.[13]

In December 2005 the Campari Group acquired the Teruzzi&Puthod winery in the Tuscan town of San Gimignano. Teruzzi & Puthod is one of the leading Tuscan wineries for the production of high quality wines sold in over 20 countries worldwide.

In 2006 Gruppo Campari acquired from Pernod Ricard Glen Grant,Old Smuggler and Braemar, along with the distillery where GlenGrant is produced in Rothes, Scotland. Thanks to this acquisition, the Group strengthened its presence in the spirits segment and officially entered the key Scotch whisky segment.

In 2007 Gruppo Campari announced the acquisition of Cabo Wabo tequila, created by Van Halen leading singer Sammy Hagar, adding the Tequila-segment to the already wide portfolio.

In 2009 Gruppo Campari announced the largest acquisition in its history, buying the world's top premium Kentucky bourbon whiskey, Wild Turkey. Along with Wild Turkey bourbon, American Honey liqueur, a honey and bourbon based cordial, joined the portfolio. The Group also took ownership of the distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky as part of the deal.

In 2010 Gruppo Campari announced an agreement to acquire Carolans Irish Cream, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur and Irish Mist Wiskey Honey Liqueur. On July 6, 2011 Gruppo Campari celebrated the ten year anniversary of its listing on Borsa Italiana in 2001.[1]

In December 2012, Gruppo Campari announced the successful acquisition of Lascelles deMercado & Co. Limited, including brands: Appleton Estate, Appleton Special/White, Wray & Nephew and Coruba, the related upstream supply chain and the local distribution company.[14]

In 2014 Gruppo Campari announced the successful acquisition of Averna, Italy's second best-selling bitter, at 103.75 million euros ($143 million). The Averna group owns a portfolio of premium brands, among which are, Braulio, a herb-based bitter, and Grappa Frattina, through which Campari enters the grappa category.[15]

Major brands[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fontanelli Guido, “My thirst is for new conquests, says CEO of Campari” , Panorama, December 12, 2012
  2. ^ Barry, Colleen (20 May 2008). "Campari's growth cocktail mixes acquistion [sic], sales". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Gruppo Campari corporate website
  4. ^ a b Ray, Jonathan, “Campari: the Italian classic that still has style”TheTelegraph.co.uk, November 20, 2009.
  5. ^ Corporate Website, History Section
  6. ^ “Campari Soda Bottle by Fortunato Depero and Matteo Ragni | Vintage Italian Re-design”
  7. ^ FundingUniverse.com, “Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. History ” [from International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 57. St. James Press, 2004]
  8. ^ Corporate Website, History Section
  9. ^ Ferrari Giacomo, “Campari beve Bols” Corriere della Sera, September 29, 1994
  10. ^ Fryer, Michael “Campari takes full control of Skyy Spirits”, The Moodie Report, 2/11/06
  11. ^ McCann, Paul, “Cinzano and Campari Boogie Back into the Limelight,” Independent, January 12, 1998, p. 3.
  12. ^ CNNEurope.com “Campari without soda” July 6, 2001
  13. ^ Thespiritsbusiness.com, “Campari raises €4m through Punch Barbieri sale”4th February, 2013 by Becky Paskin.
  14. ^ Sarah Shannon, Clementine Fletcher, “Campari Adds Appleton Rum With Lascelles DeMercado Purchase”, Bloomberg Businessweek, on September 03, 2012
  15. ^ "Italy's Campari buys Sicilian rival Averna". Reuters.com. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 

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