BIALETTI IS FOUNDED
Alfonso Bialetti opened a workshop for the production of semi-finished aluminium products in Crusinallo, Verbania.
Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, he transformed his workshop, Alfonso Bialetti & C. Fonderia in Conchiglia, into an atelier for the design and production of finished products that were ready for the market.
THE MOKA POT: A REVOLUTIONARY INVENTION
Alfonso Bialetti came up with the genius idea of the Moka Express.
With its Art Deco design, the Moka pot revolutionized the way coffee is made at home and enabled the company, thanks to the ambition of Alfonso’s son Renato, to immediately establish itself as one of the leading Italian coffee maker manufacturers.
THE EARLY DAYS OF AETERNUM
In Lumezzane, in the province of Brescia, Bortolo Bugatti, together with his sons, founded a company in his name, dedicated to brass cutlery production. Between 1954 and 1955, the company began to manufacture stainless steel cookware and in the same period its name was changed to Aeternum.
As Moka Express started to arrive in foreign markets, in Coccaglio, in the province of Brescia, Francesco Ranzoni, the grandfather of the group’s current president, established a company specialized in the production of aluminium cookware: Rondine Italia. In the 1980s, the company was among the first in Italy to use a non-stick coating and to introduce screen printing on its cookware. In the same period, Rondine Italia reached another important milestone with the creation of the Trudi non-stick aluminium cookware line, which became one of its iconic product lines thanks to its successful combination of technical and stylistic innovation and outstanding value for money, establishing the Rondine brand in Italy and abroad.
THE LITTLE MAN WITH THE MOUSTACHE: AN ICON OF BIALETTI STYLE
The Bialetti brand’s reputation was further consolidated thanks to significant advertising investment on Carosello, a well-known Italian television program, and to marketing centred around the image of the “Little Man with the Moustache”, drawn in the ’50s by Paul Campani, which became the brand’s symbol and is still present on the Bialetti Industrie Group’s trademark and is applied on the Bialetti brand’s products.
RONDINE ACQUIRES BIALETTI
Despite their different history, Bialetti and Rondine are united by the same dedication to quality and innovation: this led the current President, Francesco Ranzoni, to acquire a shareholding of the entire share capital of Alfonso Bialetti & C from Faema.
Within a few years, this unique entrepreneurial move led to many successes by the legendary “Little Man with the Moustache”. A few years later, in 1998, Rondine and Alfonso Bialetti & C. merged.
GIRMI AND CEM ENTER THE GROUP
The desire to be even more competitive in the small appliance market lead to the acquisition of another historic brand, Girmi, whose origins date back to Omegna in 1919, just like Bialetti.
The brand was then sold in 2016, when the company decided to principally focus on its core business of coffee-making products.
In the same year, with the aim of laying the foundations for a production and commercial site to serve the Eastern European and Middle Eastern area, the Bialetti Group acquired CEM, a company operating in the production and marketing of non-stick aluminium cookware with a brand that was very well-known in Turkey.
THE GROUP ACQUIRES AETERNUM
Bialetti Industrie further expanded by acquiring Aeternum, the historic Italian leader in steel production in the cooking utensils and pressure cookers sector.
THE RETAIL PROJECT IS LAUNCHED
The quality, style and design of Bialetti products came into direct contact with end consumers with the launch of the Bialetti Store project.
BIALETTI INDUSTRIE ENTERS THE STOCK MARKET
On 27th July, Bialetti Industrie was listed on Borsa Italiana’s MTA.
BIALETTI LAUNCHES I CAFFÈ D’ITALIA
Nobody is more familiar than Bialetti with the importance of the coffee ritual in Italian families: local traditions and techniques make the experience of tasting coffee in a particular city unique and unmistakable.
This has resulted in the I Caffè d’Italia capsules, an authentic sensory journey through the excellence of Italian-style espresso, highlighting the differences in habits and taste from north to south, passing through Turin, Venice, Milan, Rome and Naples.
The aluminium, fully recyclable capsules contain 7 grams of coffee, as recommended for authentic Italian espresso, and are produced in Italy, at the Coccaglio plant.
THE LITTLE MAN WITH THE MOUSTACHE REVEALS HIS PASSION FOR PASTRY-MAKING
Bialetti Dolce Chef is the collection dedicated to the world of pastry-making and cake design. A line for making desserts that features original, exclusive designs, innovative materials and a complete range.
In 2014, the entire line was voted Product of the Year by consumers, establishing itself as a reference point for all lovers of the sweet art of pastry-making!
MOKA INDUCTION: INNOVATION THAT PRESERVES TRADITION
Once again, Bialetti presented an extraordinary invention in the traditional coffee-maker sector: the first Moka pot that can also be used on induction hobs.
Bialetti Industrie’s commitment to Research & Development led to the creation of a revolutionary coffee maker that is suitable for use on gas, electric hotplates and ceramic and induction hobs.
This is all thanks to the combination of two high-quality materials: aluminium alloy, suitable for food use, for the lid and collection chamber – it has also always been used for the resistant body of the legendary Moka Express – and steel stainless for the boiler and funnel, perfect for use on induction hobs.
Bialetti celebrates its 100th anniversary.