About our history
In 1919 Alfonso Bialetti opened a workshop in Crusinallo to make semi-finished goods in aluminium, which turned into a studio for designing and producing finished items using shell moulding.
In 1933 he invented the MOKA Express. This idea gave rise to the Bialetti story, a brand that transformed the art of making coffee into an action so simple and natural that it has become an essential rite in every Italian home. For almost 100 years Bialetti has stood by our traditional values with a series of flavours, colours and tastes that speak of home, daily rituals, and good times.
It shows careful design, attention to detail, and makes all tasks in the kitchen simple, while transmitting quality, passion, experience and reliability. It bears witness to an age and a culture that contributed to disseminating the originality and innovativeness of Italian design around the world. Bialetti revolutionised the pleasure of making coffee, and backed by this expertise it continues to evolve and renew its products, to satisfy the wishes of every single Italian kitchen. Still today, it is an example of experience and goodwill, in adding value and beauty to everyday life in the kitchen, with products that are very functional, with great technique and reliability, modern design, and outstanding quality. From coffee pots to small domestic appliances, from pots and pans to the world of espresso, the Bialetti label continues to be synonymous with real pleasure, skill and passion.
Alfonso Bialetti opens a workshop in Crusinallo, Verbania, to make semi-finished goods in aluminium. Driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, he turns his workshop, Alfonso Bialetti & C. Fonderia in Conchiglia, into a studio for designing and making finished products, ready for the market.
Origins of Girmi
In Omegna, in the same region and at the same time as the launch of Fonderia Bialetti, the Cooperativa La Subalpina was launched that started to make items for the home as well as for perfumeries and hairdressers. In 1940 the Cooperative was bought out completely by Mr Mario Caldi, one of the founding members. At the end of the second world war, the Company's activities recommenced, with the production of items for toiletries and the bathroom.
The Moka: a revolutionary invention
Alfonso Bialetti's genius gave rise to the Moka Express.
This Moka, with its Art Deco design, revolutionised the way coffee is made at home and, in part thanks to the ambition of his son Renato, the Company immediately became one of the leading Italian manufacturers of coffee pots.
Aeternum makes its appearance
In Lumezzane, in the Brescia province, Bortolo Bugatti, along with his children, founded the Company that bears his name, engaging in the production of brass cutlery. In 1954 and 1955 the production of stainless steel cooking tools began - it was at this time that the Company took on the name Aeternum.
The success of Rondine
While the Moka Express was beginning to reach foreign markets, in Coccaglio, in the Brescia province, Francesco Ranzoni, grandfather of the Group's current Chairman, founded a company that specialised in making aluminium pots: Rondine Italia. In the 1980s this Company was one of the first in Italy to use a non-stick coating and to introduce silk-screening on its cookery products.
During the same period, Rondine Italia reached another important milestone by creating the Trudi range of non-stick aluminium cookery tools, which became the icon of its products, thanks to the winning mix of technical innovation, styling and excellent value for money, allowing the Rondine brand to take its rightful place in Italy and abroad.
Subalpina begins manufacturing small domestic appliances
On his return from his honeymoon in the United States, Carlo Caldi, Mario's son, decided to get the company to specialise in reproducing small domestic appliances that had fascinated him and that he had bought while in North America.
Frullo: the first Italian blender
This Piedmontese Company launched the Frullo, the first Italian made blender, followed by the coffee grinder, Mokaro in 1956 and, a year later, the Girmi blender. The latter product enjoyed great commercial success, so much so that its name, based on a combination of "gira" (turn) and "miscela" (mix), became the name in 1961 of the famous company, Girmi - La Subalpina S.p.A.
The pressure cooker
The first Aeternum pressure cooker made its début on the Astral market. From then on the brand's notoriety increased significantly, also thanks to the "Re Inox" personage, and it became a leader in the cookery tools sector, especially stainless steel pressure cookers. These were also the years marked by the first, unforgettable advertising campaigns, and the first carousels.
The little man with a moustache: icon of Bialetti style
The fame of the Bialetti brand was further strengthened by means of significant investments in advertising on Carosello, a well-known Italian television programme, and a message with the image of the “Little man with a moustache” as the central character, created in the 1950s by artist Paul Campani, which became its symbol, and that is still to be found in the Gruppo Bialetti Industrie's mark that is applied to all products that are part of the Bialetti brand.
Girmi S.p.A. is formed
Girmi – La Subalpina S.p.A. took the name Girmi S.p.A, quickly becoming the leading brand in Italy in the small domestic appliance sector - besides blenders and coffee grinders, it makes irons, electric ovens, ice cream makers, coffee machines, and toasters that are cutting-edge technologically and are loved by the people for their design and innovativeness.
Rondine acquires Bialetti
Bialetti and Rondine were companies with different histories but the same drive for quality and innovation, to the point of inducing the current Chairman, Francesco Ranzoni, to buy a representative share of Alfonso Bialetti & C's entire equity from Faema. This was a unique entrepreneurial move that, in just a few years, has given rise to a host of successes, all covered by the famous "Little man with a moustache". Some years later, in 1998, Rondine and Alfonso Bialetti & C. were combined.
Bialetti Industrie is founded
After acquiring Presmetalcasalinghi in 2000 and Gb-Guido Bregna in 2001, the leading manufacturer of steel coffee pots and home accessories, the current Bialetti Industrie S.p.A. was founded.
In 2003 the expansion continued with absorption of the Brevetti Bialetti Company and creation of the parent company, Bialetti Holding, which now distributes the Bialetti, Rondine, Girmi, Aeternum and CEM brands.
Girmi and CEM join the Group
The drive to be ever more competitive in the small domestic appliance market led to the acquisition of another famous brand, Girmi, whose origins hark back to Omegna in 1919, just like Bialetti.
Girmi is then sold in 2016, when the company decides to focus primarily on the core business of the products of coffee's world.
In the same year, with a view to laying the basis for a production and commercial site to serve the Eastern Europe and Middle East area, Gruppo Bialetti acquired CEM, a company that makes and markets non-stick aluminium cooking implements, and a brand that is well-known and has a great tradition in Turkey.
The Group acquires Aeternum
Bialetti Industrie expanded further by acquiring Aeternum, the famous leading Italian brand of steel products in the cooking implements and pressure cooker sector.
Mokona: entry into the world of the espresso
A modern implement, characterised by a retro design, based on the famous Moka Express: this is how the Mokona was presented, a machine to make espresso with an innovative three-option approach (capsules, coffee bags, and ground coffee), which immediately made the product the leader in its market segment and top seller in its category.
Bialetti Industrie quoted on the Stock Exchange
On 27th July Bialetti Industrie became a quoted company on the Italian Stock Exchange.
Ceramic OK innovation
To relaunch the Aeternum brand, an innovative non-stick range was made, with a ceramic coating on the inside. This is a new frontier for cookware, allowing for healthy, natural cooking, just like on a plate!
Bialetti launches "I Caffè d’Italia"
Nobody knows better than Bialetti just how important the coffee ritual is in Italian families: local traditions and techniques make having a coffee in your own town a unique, unmistakable experience. This gave rise to the “I Caffè di Italia” capsules, a real sensory tour of the finest espresso experience all'Italiana, highlighting the different habits and tastes between North and South, taking in Turin, Venice, Milan, Rome and Naples. The aluminium capsules that can be fully recycled, contain 7 grams of coffee, as recommended for an authentic Italian espresso, and are made in Italy at the Coccaglio plant.
The Little man with a moustache unveils his passion for confectionery
Bialetti Dolce Chef is a collection dedicated to the world of confectionery and cake design. This range is used to make original confections that are exclusive in terms of aesthetic content, innovative in terms of materials, and complete in terms of assortment. In 2014 consumers elected the entire range as Product of the Year, establishing it as a point of reference for all lovers of this sweet confectionery art!
Petravera: the pleasure of genuine cuisine
Bialetti made a huge investment in the cookware sector. This gave rise to the Donatello range, with its exclusive non-stick Petraware coating on the inside. The way of cooking has been revolutionised: the flavours of genuine cuisine are combined with the easy-to-use innovative stone-like coating.
Moka Induction: innovation that preserves tradition
Once again Bialetti has come up with an extraordinary invention in the traditional coffee pot sector. In fact, this is the first Moka that is suitable for use on induction cook tops as well. Bialetti Industrie's wide-ranging commitment to Research and Development has allowed them to create a revolutionary coffee pot, suitable for use on gas, electric plates, glass tops and induction cook tops. This was achieved by combining two high quality materials: aluminium alloy, recommended for alimentary use, for the lid and the receptacle - which has always provided the strong body of the famous Moka Express - and the stainless steel of the boiler and the spout, perfect for use on induction cook tops.
CUORE: the innovation of espresso has found its form
Born from the passion of Bialetti for design as a result of the investment in developing innovative technological solutions, Cuore has a unique and surprising design.
The one and only espresso machine with an hanging unit: an exclusive line resting on a stable and stylish aluminum base.
The new brewing unit, internally designed and patented by Bialetti, guarantees a perfect intense espresso with a dense and velvety cream. Thanks to a 20bar pressure pump, the machine ensures a coffee with a dense cream and a fragrant scent.
Great attention also to sustainability: the machine is equipped with an energy-saving system that activates the stand-by mode after 10 minutes of no-use and reduces energy consumption.