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.
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.”See Also:Production Costs Set for Steep Rise in Italy
“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.”
“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.