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Sustainability not just about 'cost savings', says Barilla Group

By Mike Stones , 30-May-2011

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Paola Barilla, vice president of pasta and bakery group, Barilla, is taking on the presidency of the Italian packaging trade show – IPACK-IMA – in 2012. We caught up with him at Interpack to hear about the group’s approach to sustainable growth.

The Barilla group, which operates principally in Italy, the US, France and Germany, has fixed targets for 2014 based on 2008 achievements, and has reported that it is aiming to develop and apply a carbon footprint calculation across all Barilla products, as well as reduce this footprint by 15 per cent.

It has also flagged up as an objective a reduction in its direct and indirect energy global warming potential (GWP) by 30 per cent (compared to 2008 values), while the company has identified an increase in the percentage of recyclable packaging on the market as another key target.

Earlier this month, the Group said its consolidated revenue for 2010 amounted to just over €4bn.

“Despite a difficult international climate, which continues to be affected by the global economic crisis, and a significant contraction in consumer spending, the Group reported a recurring EBITDA of €556m,” said the company.

The group, in addition, noted increased profitability in the US, where it said it consolidated its position as leader in the pasta market with a share of 29 per cent.

It also cited continuous work to update the product portfolio along with improved profitability at bakery manufacturer Lieken and a significant cost reduction programme across the Group.

“EBIT amounted to €211m, while the profit for the year of €27m was impacted by extraordinary expenditure and a loss on the disposal of the Lieken bakery activities in Germany,” added the Group.

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