Gruppo Veronesi

Gruppo Veronesi is an Italian food company involved in the animal feed and meat sectors, with products exported to over 70 countries across the world. Well-known brands of the group include animal feed producers Veronesi and La Pellegrina, processed meat company AIA and charcuterie company Negroni. With 16 processing sites, the food segment of Gruppo Veronesi processes and markets poultry meat, pork and beef, cooked and seasoned salami, eggs and egg products. In 2018, the company's feed segment produced over 3.1 million tonnes of animal feed. Feed products are sold to both retailers and farmers for food-producing animals such as chickens and cattle, and pets such as dog, cats and horses.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Room for improvement

Nutrition

Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Room for improvement

Summary

Gruppo Veronesi does not publicly disclose relevant commitments in any of the three dimensions. Considering its position as a large animal feed manufacturer, it is concerning that the company does not commit to the responsible sourcing of high-risk commodities like soya and palm oil. Neither does it commit to improving soil health or reducing food loss and waste. Although reporting on GHG emissions reduction, Gruppo Veronesi is yet to outline associated time-bound targets. The company reports on water withdrawal from water-stressed areas and demonstrates some efforts to improve animal welfare. Despite its limited impact on nutrition as an animal feed manufacturer, no commitments were found relating to key nutrition topics such as protein diversification, workforce nutrition and activities to improve the nutritional quality of its products. Gruppo Veronesi also lacks public disclosure in the social inclusion dimension. Specifically, it does not commit to eliminating child and forced labour in its own operations and supply chain or paying a living wage.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
EUR 2,973,000,000
Food and agriculture revenue USD
USD 3,328,199,000
Onwnership structure
Private
Number of employees
8,415

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

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