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Nestlé-Perugina in Perugia, Italy

Perugina is an Italian chocolate confectionery company based in Perugia, Italy that was founded in 1907.[1][2] The company also operates a chocolate-making school at its factory in Perugia, which commenced in 2007.[3] Perugina was purchased by the Nestlé corporation in 1988, and it is now a division of Nestlé corporation.[1][2][4]


The company was formed in 1907 by Francesco Buitoni, Annibale Spagnoli, Leone Ascoli and Francesco Andreani.[1][5] It was founded in the town of Perugia, which is located in the Umbria region of central Italy.[1][5] The company was introduced to the United States at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City, and since became known for producing fine chocolates.[6] Perugina also opened a retail store on Fifth Avenue in New York City circa 1939.[7]


The company produces a wide array of chocolate and food products, including chocolate bars, hard candy, nougat, and biscotti.[8] During Easter-time, a major product is chocolate Easter eggs wrapped in colorful aluminium paper.[8]

A noted and well-known product is the Baci chocolate kisses filled with hazelnut, wrapped in a multilingual love note, which was introduced in 1922.[2][8][9] These love notes are written in either Italian, English, French, German, Greek, Spanish, or Portuguese.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c d Esposito, M.A. (2002). Ciao Italia in Umbria: Recipes and Reflections from the Heart of Italy. St. Martin's Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-312-30329-7. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Newman, Andrew Adam (13 December 2011). "Chocolate Maker Perugina Resumes Ads in the United States". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ Oliveri, Kristen (26 October 2013). "Top chocolate factory tours and tastings around the world". USA Today. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Nestlé 'strongly rejects' watering down Perugina investment plans". FoodBev Media. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b "In Italy, Right in the Kisser". The Washington Post. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  6. ^ Coronet. David A. Smart. 1961. p. 153. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  7. ^ LaGumina, S.J.; Cavaioli, F.J.; Primeggia, S.; Varacalli, J.A. (2003). The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-135-58333-0. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Chocolate Easter eggs: Candy treasures". CBS News. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  9. ^ Prinz, D.R.; Prinz, D. (2013). On the Chocolate Trail. Jewish Lights Publishing. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-58023-487-0. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ Redação (2 October 2017). "Chocolate Baci Perugina lança 'bilhetes de amor' em dialetos". Jornal do Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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