Maurizio Martina, Minister for agricultural, food and forestry policies visits the S.Pellegrino Plant in Ruspino

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Ruspino, 26 June 2015 – The Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, and delegate for Expo, Maurizio Martina, today visited the Sanpellegrino Group plant in Ruspino where he had the opportunity to meet the company’s employees and management, and to discover the processes for bottling the famous water with the “red star”, symbol of Italian quality in the world.

Welcoming the minister were Stefano Agostini, Chairman and Managing Director of the Sanpellegrino Group, Tiziana Albanese, Director of the Ruspino plant and Marco Settembri, Executive Vice President of Nestlé SA and Head of Nestlé Waters the mother’s company of the Sanpellegrino group.

"I thank Sanpellegrino Group for this invitation to visit the factory of S. Pellegrino, a water that become a symbol of Italian style in the world - said the Minister Martina -. What I saw and territory, in the enhancement of the Italian productive excellence and our talents, an eheard today demonstrates how virtuous companies are able to find in the dialogue with the xtraordinary asset to create great value for the country and the world. Even in Expo 2015 -continued the Minister Martina - the company is proving to transfer these values with passion to the visitors, acting as an ambassador of Italian style to the public and contributing to the success of this strategic event for our country”.

“We are honoured to have Minister Martina here with us and proud to have had the chance to show how we work, and the care and passion that we devote to promoting S.Pellegrino water and the places where it springs from” declared Stefano Agostini.

The S.Pellegino brand is the pride and joy of the Sanpellegrino Group, leader in Italy in the beverage sector: with 811 million euros in 2014, the company is continuing its two-figure growth on foreign markets (+14%) as well as giving positive signals on the Italian market, which started to grow again this year (+2.5%).

“Italy and abroad consumers see mineral water as a resource for their well-being and always prefer to hydrate themselves with a high-quality drink – declared Marco Settembri -. S.Pellegrino, together with Acqua Panna, are premium international brands in Nestlé Waters’ portfolio of products. They play a key role in the group’s global growth, having reached 1 billion 300 million bottles distributed all over the world, where they are symbols of top Italian quality. An extraordinary result that we have achieved thanks to continual investment in product quality and innovation, and effective internationalisation policies. So we must thank Minister Martina for believing, in all his periods in office, in the strategic importance of internationalising Italian companies, and for working to boost the competitivity of Italian brands in the world.”

For Sanpellegrino, the visit by Minister Martina is double proof of the value of its work. The Minister is also the Italian government’s representative for the Expo 2015 event, at which S.Pellegrino is Official Water Partner. S.Pellegrino is the only company in the food sector with two ties to the Universal Exposition: as well as being the official water for Expo Milano 2015, it is also partner of the Italian Pavilion, underlining its two faces: its international calling since the start of the twentieth century, and its Italian origin. Indeed, mineral water is a product that cannot be separated from its place of origin. It has to be bottled as it flows out of the spring, and its distinct characteristics are drawn from the very same location. An area that, along with water resource, the company protects and preserves thanks to environmental sustainability policies and the development of projects and initiatives. For example, in collaboration with qualified hydro geologists and through the use of innovative research systems, Sanpellegrino defines and implements measures in order to protect the the source, the surrounding environment and the water, collected and conveyed to the factories.

During the visit, Minister Martina also praised the brand’s commitment to promoting a correct nutritional lifestyle, by sponsoring the importance of high-quality hydration.

And it is at EXPO 2015, as part of the event - “Hydration and Health, the hidden link” – organised by FEMTEC and the Milan Charter with support from the Sanpellegrino Group, that the official request was presented to the Italian Health Ministry to establish a National Hydration Day, as the first step towards a World Hydration Day. The documents presented during this initiative promoted by Sanpellegrino are an important scientific contribution to the Milan Charter, the “intangible legacy” of EXPO 2015 for future generations.


Sanpellegrino is part of Nestle Waters , the bottled water division of the Nestle Group Sanpellegrino è la più grande realtà nel campo del beverage in Italia, con acque minerali, aperitivi analcolici, bibite e tè freddi. I suoi prodotti, sintesi di benessere, salute ed equilibrio, sono presenti in 145 Paesi attraverso filiali e distributori sparsi nei cinque continenti. Sanpellegrino, in qualità di principale produttore di acqua minerale, è da sempre impegnata per la valorizzazione di questo bene primario per il Pianeta e lavora con responsabilità e passione per garantire a questa risorsa un futuro di qualità

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