Turnover: 149 million EUR (2018)

Country: France

Buitoni is a frozen food manufacturer that was acquired by Nestlé in 1988.

Bought out in 2023 by Italy's Itapizza (€380 million sales)


Buitoni: the scandal factory soon to be taken over by the Italian frozen pizza giant 14/11/2023

  • Nestlé's Buitoni plant in Caudry has been closed since March following a health scandal.
  • The plant has been taken over by Italpizza, Italy's leading frozen pizza group, which employs around 1,750 people.
  • Italpizza has sales of 380 million euros and is present in 60 countries.
  • The group intends to take over 40 of the plant's employees by the end of the year, rising to 70 by 2025.
  • The opening of a second production line in 2027 should eventually bring the workforce to 140.
  • To restart the plant, Italpizza plans to invest around ten million euros, and should be operational in 2024.
  • Nestlé has withdrawn from the site. Over the last twenty years, Nestlé has halved the number of factories in France, retaining just 15.

Buitoni's Caudry plant taken over by an Italian pizza manufacturer 14/11/2023

  • Nestlé is in exclusive negotiations with Italpizza for the takeover of the Nord plant.
  • Italpizza plans to inject 10 million euros into the plant.
  • The plant is expected to employ 140 people by 2026/2027.
  • Italpizza has six factories in Europe and a commercial presence in 56 countries.
  • Italpizza does 30% of its business under its own brand, and the rest with distributors for their own brands.
  • Italpizza plans to invest 10 million euros at Caudry to modernize its production line.

Buitoni: Nestlé withdraws from frozen pizza business in Europe 24/04/2023

  • Total Nestlé sales: 94.4 billion Swiss francs.
  • Sales of Nestlé frozen pizzas in Europe: 400 million Swiss francs.
  • Brands of frozen pizzas sold by Nestlé in Europe: Buitoni, Wagner and Garden Gourmet.
  • Countries where Nestlé sells frozen pizzas: Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Creation of a joint venture between Nestlé and PAI to take over Nestlé's sour pizza business in Europe
  • Joint venture headquarters: Germany
  • Plants managed by the joint venture: Nonnweiler (Germany) and Benevento (Italy)
  • Expected completion: second half of 2023.

Buitoni: another Nestlé factory closes in France 31/03/2023

  • 16 Nestlé factories closed or sold in France in 20 years
  • Permanent shutdown of Buitoni pizza production in France at the Caudry plant (Nord)
  • 113 employees affected by the closure of the Caudry plant
  • Pizza sales down 20% year-on-year according to IRI
  • Nestlé still has 16 plants in France

Studies mentioning this company

The pizza market - Spain

Other companies mentioned:

  • Telepizza
  • Pomodoro
  • Pizza Móvil
  • Casa Tarradellas
  • Buitoni (Italpizza Group)
  • CampoFrio Food
  • Palacios
  • Dr Oetker

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