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Riccardo Cassetta Elected as Assitol President

Jun. 27, 2022
Paolo DeAndreis

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Riccardo Cassetta, the owner of Olio Levante, was selected by the Italian Association of the Edible Oil Industry (Assitol) board to be its new pres­i­dent.

The asso­ci­a­tion is part of the Federalimentare and Confindustria busi­ness orga­ni­za­tions and has been led for the last five years by Marcello del Ferraro, owner of Ital Green Oil.

The goal is to rec­on­cile the needs of indus­try, agri­cul­ture and pol­i­tics, to be more com­pet­i­tive and cohe­sive, like our com­peti­tors.- Riccardo Cassetta, pres­i­dent, Assitol olive oil group

Cassetta’s own com­pany is located in Andria, at the heart of Puglia, the most promi­nent Italian olive oil-pro­duc­ing region.

I am hon­ored and happy for this appoint­ment, which coin­cides with the 50th anniver­sary of the found­ing of Assitol,” he said. At the same time, I am aware of the great work lay­ing ahead. The asso­ci­a­tion is called to act in many areas and com­mit to push­ing for change.”

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Just think, for instance, at the heap of reg­u­la­tions which, often obso­lete, weigh down the indus­trial activ­ity,” Cassetta added. To revi­tal­ize our agri-food sec­tor, in addi­tion to sim­pli­fy­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions, we must focus on increas­ing coop­er­a­tion with the insti­tu­tions, the pub­lic admin­is­tra­tion and, at the same time, with the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.”


Riccardo Cassetta

The goal is to rec­on­cile the needs of indus­try, agri­cul­ture and pol­i­tics, to be more com­pet­i­tive and cohe­sive, like our com­peti­tors,” he added. The con­se­quences of the con­flict in Ukraine, infla­tion and drought-related price increases are faced by work­ing together with the indus­try and stake­hold­ers involved, no one excluded.”

Assitol was formed in 1972 with the merger of three pre­vi­ous asso­ci­a­tions ded­i­cated to olive oil, seeds oil and mar­garine and related prod­ucts. Today, the asso­ci­a­tion mem­bers’ global turnover exceeds €5 bil­lion.


The Assitol board also chose as its vice-pres­i­dents: Pietro Marseglia, the vice-pres­i­dent of the Marseglia Group; Ivano Mocetti, the chair­man of the Costa d’Oro board; Fabio Maccari, the chief exec­u­tive of Salov; and Enrico Zavaglia, the trad­ing man­ager at Cereal Docks.

Mario Rocchi, the owner of Oleificio Rocchi; Gianmaria Martini, the chief exec­u­tive of Unigrà; Dora De Santis, the qual­ity man­ager at Agridè; Roberto Sassoni, the gen­eral direc­tor in Carapelli Firenze; and Savero Panico, the com­mer­cial direc­tor in Bunge, have all been cho­sen as new mem­bers of the Assitol board.

In a press release, the asso­ci­a­tion also con­firmed that Leonardo Colavita, the chief exec­u­tive of Colavita Holding and long-time olive oil entre­pre­neur, has been appointed as hon­orary pres­i­dent of Assitol for his long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to the asso­ci­a­tion and the olive oil sec­tor.”

The elec­tion results come a month after Anna Cane was re-elected as pres­i­dent of Assitol’s olive oil group.

The group’s mem­bers rep­re­sent 90 per­cent of refined olive oil, 45 per­cent of bot­tled olive oil and 70 per­cent of exported olive oil.

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