“Good for you, good for the planet” is the philosophy that inspires the Barilla Group’s development plan and that, in 2013, was implemented with a number of concrete actions combining growth and sustainability.
«In 2013, the new strategy became fully operational, allowing the Company to overcome the difficult economic situation» said Guido Barilla, the Chairman of the Barilla Group. «This strategy focuses on key operations designed to provide higher quality products and to achieve targeted growth in the main markets where we are present and in selected emerging economies. We have condensed it as “Good for you, good for the planet:” we want to promote correct eating habits, while reducing our environmental impact», added the Chairman of the Group.
In terms of economic performance, the sale of the German company Lieken was finalized in 2013. Revenues for 2013 stood at €3.535 billion (operating income +2.5% like for like; +1.4% taking into account of exchange rate effect of 1%, -11.5% taking account of Lieken consolidation up to May 2013). Recurring Ebitda for 2013 was to 12% of revenues (vs. 10.8% in 2012). In absolute terms, recurring Ebitda decreased from €433 million in 2012 to €425 million in 2013.
While volumes continued to grow, in 2013 the CO2 emissions of the Group factories decreased by 27% vs. the figures of the previous five-year period and the total water consumption of the same plants decreased by 25% over the same period.