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Besana honoured for long-standing success in Great Britain

Besana Group wins Uk-Italy Business Award

The Besana Group, based in Campania, Southern Italy, and a leading company in the production and distribution of nuts and dried fruit, has received high level recognition by the British government for its dedicated and outstanding business activities in the United Kingdom. The President of the Group, Giuseppe (Pino) Calcagni, told us: “Our presence in the U.K. goes back to 1989 and today we are preparing to invest another £5 million in a new production and distribution plant”

Milan, 24th January 2013.

V.Besana Spa, a food company based in Campania near Naples and leader in the production and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds and chocolate, has today been honoured with the "UK-Italy Business Award", an award conferred by the British government on Italian companies who have chosen the United Kingdom for their international expansion.

The Group, led by Giuseppe Calcagni and today present in European, American, Asian and African markets through various brands, including AlmaverdeBio (specializing in organic products), has been received the “Long Term Investor” award. This accolade is in recognition of its presence in Great Britain since 1989 and to its fruitful business relationships with important local institutions.




We are particularly proud of this award – explains Giuseppe Calcagni – because it highlights our achievements in the United Kingdom. Our group, founded as a family enterprise, is today an international player in the sector. The success attained and our historical presence in Great Britain are the catalyst toward our now investing in further projects thereby helping to develop and consolidate our activities on all 5 continents”. 

In the medium term the British site plans to increase employment by 20% and make a further investment of GBP 5 million for a new chemical-free and environment-friendly production and distribution plant, creating a strong commercial bridge towards Central Europe and Africa. 

The official ceremony for the UK-ITALY Business Awards has taken place today in Milan at the Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange), in the presence of the British Minister for Business and Innovation Michael Fallon, the British Ambassador in Italy Christopher Prentice and the CEO of Borsa Italiana Raffaele Jerusalmi

UK Trade & Investment, the British agency promoting international trade development, has recognized the Besana Group who for nearly 25 years have been operating a strategic production and logistics site based in Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire, within converted aircraft hangars that formerly housed the Royal Air Force. Besana created this base to consolidate its business activity within the British and Northern European markets. 

Besana Group 

Founded in 1921 by the brothers Emilio and Vincenzo Besana the group is today guided by the third and fourth generations, Giuseppe (Pino) Calcagni and his son Riccardo. 


 Their long term strategies combined with active research & development, capacity for continuous innovation, respect for quality and safety of products has made the company a leader in the sector and an important partner of the principal European supermarket chains, food service companies and major food industries. The Group has been a pioneer in the application of international food quality regulations and the defence of hygiene and environmental standards for workers in nut and dried fruit production, always basing their own procedures on these international guidelines, the HACCP manual and product certification. 

Who is Giuseppe Calcagni

Born in Naples, Calcagni has skilfully led the Besana Group through 50 years of activity. Beyond his own company he has been entrusted with important institutional roles among which are: the Chairmanship of the Advisory Group Fruit & Vegetables at the European Commission (appointment in 2009 and reconfirmed in 2011); the Chairmanship of ‘Confidi Regione Campania’; the Vice Presidency of the I.N.C. (International Nut and Dried Fruit Council), a foundation co-founded in the early 1980’s by Calcagni, which today counts more than 700 associated companies worldwide representing 65% of sector commercial exchanges.

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Renato de Goyzueta
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