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October 18, 2019

Flatbread maker Casa Della Piada acquires peer Gastone in all-Italian deal

Italy's Casa Della Piada, a breadmaker owned by investment business Aksia, has acquired a local peer for an undisclosed sum.

By Leonie Barrie

Italy’s Casa Della Piada, a breadmaker owned by investment business Aksia, has acquired Gastone, a local peer, for an undisclosed sum.

Both companies specialise in making piada, or piadina, a type of Italian flatbread associated with the Romagna region which has Protected Geographical Indication status.

Family business Gastone was founded in 1965 in Ravenna and has gone from being a small local producer to one of the largest players in this specialist market. It has a 2,000 sq m production facility and posted revenues of EUR2.9m (US$3.2m) in 2018.

Modena-based Casa Della Piada was founded in 1974 and was acquired by Aksia – a global investment business which has its European base in London – in 2018 through its Aksia Capital 1V fund. It produces more than 100 million flatbreads a year from a 22,000 sq m production site.

Its turnover in 2017 was EUR20m.

Aksia said that with this acquisition Casa Della Piada has consolidated its leadership position in the wraps market.

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