Lavazza Acquires Blue Pod Coffee, Names Antonio Baravalle Antonio CEO

Posted On: 7/3/2018

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TURIN, Italy -- Lavazza Group has acquired Blue Pod Coffee Co., an Australian company specializing in the distribution of Lavazza espresso capsules and machines for the office coffee service sector.

Melbourne-based Blue Pod has been Lavazza Group's exclusive distributor of its Lavazza Blue, Lavazza Espresso Point and Lavazza Espresso Point Maxi coffee capsules in Australia in the OCS sector for more than 10 years.

Founded in 2005 Blue Pod Coffee Co. has grown and expanded years into one the largest workplace coffee suppliers in Australia. Lavazza said it will retain all of Blue Pod's employees.

Lavazza has had a presence in Australia for 30-plus years. Since 2015, the Italian roaster and equipment manufacturer has been operating at local level through its associated company Lavazza Australia Pty Ltd., based in Melbourne.

"The acquisition of Blue Pod is particularly significant because it gives us a direct presence across all coffee consumption occasions in Australia, too," said Lavazza Group chief executive Antonio Baravalle.

The acquisition follows Lavazza's recent purchases of Carte Noire and ESP in France (20160, Merrild in Denmark (2015), Kicking Horse Coffee in Canada (2017) and Nims in Italy (2017).

Lavazza Group has two training centers in Australia (in Sydney and Melbourne), which form part of a network of more than 55 centers worldwide dedicated to providing training about coffee and product innovation.

Established in 1895 in Turin, the Italian roaster has been owned by the Lavazza family for four generations. It operates in more than 90 countries through subsidiaries and distributors, exporting 63% of its production, and employs about 3,000 people.