MILAN – Sanpellegrino continues to grow on international markets. The Group, leader in the mineral water and soft drinks sector, with around 1,500 employees and products exported in over 150 countries in the world, ended 2016 with a turnover of 895 million Euros and 3.7 billion of bottles produced.
Over half of the turnover was achieved thanks to a continuous and constant increase in foreign sales.
International performance and a record for S.Pellegrino
The performance achieved on international markets, grown by 6.9% compared to 2015, was led by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
The exports of these two mineral waters, symbols of Italian fine dining in the world, together with Sanpellegrino-branded soft drinks today represents 54% of the overall turnover.
2016 was a record year for S.Pellegrino mineral water, which reached 1 billion bottles sold in the world, with an increase of 5% compared to 2015. Acqua Panna, also, finished 2016 showing a growth compared to the previous year.
The mineral water of choice for quality hydration
“We are satisfied by the performance in 2016, which came to a close with results essentially in line with those of the previous year. - declared Stefano Agostini, President and CEO of the Sanpellegrino Group- Even though the extraordinary market conditions experienced in 2015, which saw sales boosted by an exceptionally hot summer and by the Universal Exhibition, were not repeated, the mineral water sector has experienced similar volumes to 2015, and has been confirmed as the product of choice by consumer from all over the world who choose, more and more, quality hydration”.
The performance in Italy
On the domestic market, the Sanpellegrino Group has recorded a turnover of 416.5 million Euros, strengthening its position in the modern retail market and its volume leadership. The company has also confirmed the focus and strong leadership in the catering sector. In Italy sales where boosted by the Levissima brand which grew by 4% in 2016, while the Nestlé Vera brand recorded an increase of 1.3% in volume terms.
“We are proud of having reached an extraordinary target, bringing one billion bottles of our famous red star water to tables all over the world.
The success achieved by S.Pellegrino strengthen our brand as symbol of the “made-in-Italy” for the world. - continued Stefano Agostini - Thanks to products appreciated in over 150 Paesi, like S.Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and Sanpellegrino-branded soft drinks, our turnover in international markets has grown by 5% in Germany, by 8.2% in the United States, and has reached 10.6% in France and 10.7% in the United Kingdom”.
Investments in Italy: Castrocielo and San Pellegrino Terme
On the domestic front, 2016 saw the inauguration of the new Nestlé Vera’s production site in Castrocielo (FR), an industrial project valued at 16 million Euros, characterised by an extremely innovative approach able to reconcile, at the highest level, environmental sustainability and economic development.
The “smart factory”, which boasts “best in class” performance, especially in terms of energy savings, as well a being an important growth and employment contributor at local and regional level, represents a model of future development for the entire mineral water sector.
Also, last year came to a close with the announcement of an investment of 90 million Eurosfor the realisation of the Flagship Factory in San Pellegrino Terme, the new home of S.Pellegrino mineral water, designed by the famous Danish Archistar, Bjarke Ingels, head of the international architectural design firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group).
The Danish architect, which won the global tender launched by the Sanpellegrino Group, will be given the task to transform the historical factory where the mineral water which is the ambassador of “Made in Italy” is bottled, in a design work that enriches the territory, improves the quality of work and attracts tourists from all over the world.
BIG will work with the company for the next four years and construction works will start in 2018.
by Alessandro Conte
June 14, 2017