Food and drink: Italy’s best known brands

The Italian food and beverage sector have proven to be very successful in dominating the market.

Here are the most famous Italian brands best known to be reliable and of high quality.

Carapelli Sasso and Bertolli

Since 2006, the three oil companies have been part of the portfolio of the Spanish food group Deoleo, which bought Bertolli from Unilever.


Riso Scotti S.p.A. is a food company specialized in the production and processing of rice, founded in Marudo (Lodi) in 1860 by Pietro Scotti. It is based in Pavia. Today the company is structured into business areas: Rice, Soffiato, Agricultural, and International.


Founded in Pomezia (Rome), in 2011 the company was acquired by the Spanish company Campofrio Food Holding.

The company, officially known as “Cesare Fiorucci S.p.A.” specializing in the field of cured meats. It produces various types of sausages (hams, mortadellas, salami, sausages, etc.), cheeses and balsamic vinegar.


We historic Italian brand that has entered the orbit of South African beer giant SABmiller, since October 2016 he’s been part of the Japanese Asahi Breweries group.

The company produces various brands like Peroni (1846), Blue Ribbon (1963), Raffo and Wührer (1829):

As a company of the Asahi group, Peroni distributes those brands in Italy: Pilsner Urquell, Tours, Grolsch, Asahi, and St. Stefanus.


One of the main Italian companies, in 2012, was declared a kosher. The “Ramazzotti 1815” is mainly consumed smooth or with ice, as a digestive after a meal. It can also be tasted as an aperitif, with carbonated water and a slice of lemon.


Galbani is an Italian food group, producing mozzarella, ricotta, butter, soft cheeses such as “crescenza” and semi-hard cheeses (similar to provolone). Since 2006 the group has been controlled by the French multinational Lactalis.


Perugina is a historic brand of Italian confectionery products. The company, specialized in the production of chocolate and in the production and sale of confectionery products, was founded in Perugia on 30 November 1907. In 1988 it became part of the Swiss group Nestlé.