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Unigrains and Invitalia invest in Frigomeccanica to accelerate growth

The founding Di Serafino family reinvests significantly and continues to lead the company

The Company is an Italian leader in refrigerated equipment, furniture and technological components for ice cream, coffee, pastry, and retail shops as well as food court areas.

Frigomeccanica, an Italian leader in refrigerated equipment, furniture and technological components for ice cream, coffee, pastry, and retail shops as well as food court areas, has opened the 70% of its capital to Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano (Unigrains) and Fondo Cresci al Sud (Invitalia) in order to accelerate growth. Since its creation in 1973 by the Di Serafino family, Frigomeccanica has maintained a constant focus on technological research and stylistic innovation to address the commercial refrigeration market, offering a wide and high-quality range of displays, counters, reach-in showcases and other equipment. 

Frigomeccanica is led by Enzo di Serafino, son of one the Founders, and operates from 3 state-of-the-art facilities totaling 42 000m² in the South and Center of Italy. In 2020, the group employed 155 people with sales of more than 20 M€, of which more than 20% through exports. The investment by Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I, specialized in the Italian agri-food industry, and Fondo Cresci al Sud, an institutional investor dedicated to SMEs in Southern Italy, will support the development of Frigomeccanica along three main axes: organic growth with the expansion of the sales network into Northern Italy; internationalization into specific countries with an important ice cream parlor culture; and external growth opportunities to extend the product range. 

The Di Serafino family has reinvested significantly in this transaction and will continue to lead the company. 

Enzo di Serafino, CEO of Frigomeccanica, declared: “This transaction represents an important milestone for both Frigomeccanica and our family transition to the next generation. The financial and strategic support of these two specialized and highly complementary investors will allow our company to begin a new growth phase through geographical expansion, product innovation and an adapted, flexible offer to best meet the needs of our clients".

Francesco Orazi, Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I, Managing Director, declared: “Through our expertise and broad network of contacts in the Italian agri-food sector we will be active in supporting the development of new commercial relationships as well as the sourcing and analysis of potential external growth opportunities in what remains a fragmented market. We look forward to working with Enzo di Serafino and the entire Frigomeccanica team on these exciting projects”. 

Antonio Riccio, Investment Director with Cresci al Sud (Invitalia), declared: “We are delighted to announce the first operation of Fondo Cresci al Sud. Frigomeccanica is a perfect example of the promising Southern Italy-based SMEs that it is our mission to support. The company’s high-quality products with a constant focus on style and innovation contribute to the added value and international recognition of the “made in Italy” label. We are very pleased to partner with Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I and the Di Serafino family”.

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