Biffi: Gourmet Pesto Inspired by Nature

The Italian preserves company specializing in pesto and sauces can boast a significant presence in the retail and catering channels - with a 92 reference portfolio - both with its own brands and private label
Biffi: Gourmet Pesto Inspired by Nature

Italy’s leading preserves company Formec Biffi, founded in 1966 from the creative passion of Pietro Casella, has never stopped growing, innovating, and evolving. Its dynamism, rooted in the company’s DNA, has led it to be one of the largest Italian sauce manufacturer. Formec Biffi has built its success due to ongoing investments in research with innovation and creativity. In the company’s R&D labs, 11 researchers support high-quality production that today includes over 92 specialities among which are ready-made sauces and condiments.

The typical care towards artisanal processing and cutting-edge production technologies merge perfectly in Formec Biffi. Twenty nine ‘just-in-time’ production lines are one of the company’s major assets, and provide the company with unique, tailor made production flexibility. Up to 180,000 square meters of overall area and 30 thousand square meters of production area allow for the production of both brand and private labels in their different formats and destined both to retail and Horeca channels, with cutting-edge technologies both for long-life and fresh references.

Vegetable Pesto – Without Cheese – Formec Biffi


Biffi has always been code for innovation and care for consumption evolution. It has led the organic segment since 2000, when it launched its first organic pesto, and the segment of 100% vegetable since 2014 by strongly supporting the ‘back to basics’ trend. In addition, the company can boast a peculiar production method for pesto: basil, the key ingredient, is cold processed and not pasteurized, to follow the traditional processing method. The pesto appears more aromatic, greener and tastier, since it does not have to endure the thermal stress of pasteurization.


Formec Biffi is an established leader in the production of private label sauces, for more than 90% of Italian retail chains. In recent years it has been consolidating its position in Europe and the rest of the world by exporting in 20 countries. Lastly, it has been supplying for years world-famous retailers like Costco, which require high levels of quality of service. For them, Biffi produces pesto and fresh sauces. The most successful ones, along with pesto, are red sauces: arrabbiata, puttanesca, napoletana, tomato and mascarpone.

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