Italy: leading coffee companies 2017, by revenues

An analysis conducted by Competitive Data about the business of coffee in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector reveals that, in 2017, Lavazza S.p.A. was the undisputed major player in Italy. In fact, the figures regarding the leading Italian coffee companies show that Lavazza S.p.A. generated revenues for a value of approximately 1.4 billion euros. The revenues of the second company in the ranking, Illy Caffè S.p.A. amounted to roughly 381 million euros in 2017, whereas the earnings generated by all the other leading players did not reach 100 million euros.    

Italian Coffee industry 

The analysis mentioned above offers also some insights about the financial status of a significant sample of companies active in the production and distribution of coffee in Italy. Between 2016 and 2017, the production value of the coffee industry steadily increased, whereas the operating result , the net result , and the earnings before taxes peaked in 2016, before experiencing a slight decrease in 2017.     

Roasted coffee: major sales channels

Pertaining to the distribution of roasted coffee in 2017, Ho.Re.Ca. was the third largest sales channel in Italy based on volume. The amount of roasted coffee sold in hotel, restaurants and coffee bars reached 47.5 kilotons. Large-scale retail, traditional retail and online sales represented instead the main distribution channels for this product. Suffice to say that the volume of roasted coffee sold by large-scale retailers amounted to over 100 kilotons during the year considered.

Leading Italian coffee companies* in 2017, by revenues

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*Data are taken from statutory financial statements.

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