Infobox Company
name = Autogrill S.p.A

type = Public (ISE|IT0001137345|AGL)
foundation = 1977
location_city = Rozzano
location_country = Italy
key_people = Gilberto Benetton (Chairman of the board) Gianmario Tondato da Ruos (CEO)
industry = Food and Beverage, Retail
products = Foodservice and retail outlets at service areas, airport terminals, train stations, ports and shopping centres
services =
revenue = 3.929 bln (2006)cite web
title = Reports and Accounts 2006
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
publisher = Autogrill S.p.A
operating_income =
net_income =
num_employees = 51,000 (2006)
divisions =
subsid = Airport Terminal Restaurant,
Aldeasa (50%),
Aplha Airports, Carestel,
HMSHostcite web
title = Extraordinary operations
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-27
publisher = Autogrill S.p.A
homepage = []
intl = yes

Autogrill (ISE|IT0001137345|AGL) is an Italian-based, multinational catering and retail company, the world's largest in the travel dining sector, [cite news
title = Autogrill moves to take over Alpha Airports
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 4 June, 2007
publisher = Reuters
] which is controlled with a 57% stake by the Edizione Holding investment vehicle of the Benetton family.cite web
title = Ownership structure
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
publisher = Autogrill S.p.A
] Autogrill runs operations in 40 different countries, primarily in Europe and North America, with over 250 licensed and proprietary brands. [ [ - Strategia dei marchi ] ] Over 90% of the company's business derives from outlets in airport terminals and motorway service areas.

Company history

Autogrill was founded in 1977 when SME, a division of Italian state-owned conglomerate Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale (IRI), purchased then merged Italian restaurant groups Motta, Pavesi and Alemagna. Pavesi had begun to operate a service area on the Milan-Novara motorway in 1947, replacing it with a bridge structure accessible by travellers in both directions fifteen years later.cite web
title = History
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
publisher = Autogrill S.p.A
] Having grown both domestically and through foreign acquisitions, Autogrill was privatised by the Italian Government in 1995 as IRI shed its food and beverage businesses. Edizione Holding, the financial holding company of the Benetton family, acquired a controlling stake through the process. Edizione floated the company on the Milan Stock Exchange in 1997, sparking a series of acquisitions in overseas markets: by the end of 1998, Autogrill had secured full control of French operator Sogerba (previously owned by Granada Group); [cite news
title = Autogrill to buy French concern Sogerba
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 15 December, 2007
publisher = Nation's Restaurant News
] AC Restaurants and Hotels of Benelux [cite web
title = History
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
publisher = AC Hotels and Restaurants
] as well as 14 branches of the Wienerwald chain in Austria and Germany. [cite news
last = Hansen
first = James
title = Spicing Up the European Pizza Market
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 7 March, 1998
publisher = International Herald Tribune
] In July 1999 the group made its first entry into both the United States and airport concession markets by acquiring Host Marriott Services, which was then renamed HMSHost. [cite news
last = Tagliabue
first = John
title = 'Begols' and 'Dirty Water'; Fast-Food Chains Take U.S. Marketing to Europe
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 27 August, 1999
publisher = The New York Times
] Other major acquisitions by the group included the Swiss firm Passaggio (completed in 2001), 70% of high-speed train station operator Receco in 2002, [cite news
title = es icon Autogrill compra el 70 por ciento de Receco por 17 millones de euros
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 14 March, 2002
publisher =
] Spanish-based airport duty-free retailer Aldeasa in 2005 (50-50 with Altadis) [cite news
last = Davoudi
first = Salamander
title = Autogrill sounded out over SSP bid
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 12 January, 2006
publisher = Financial Times
] and Belgium's Carestel (completed in 2007). [cite press release
title = Squeeze-out takes Autogrill to 99,81% of Carestel
url =
accessdate = 2007-10-26
date = 5 February, 2007
publisher = Carestel Group

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