Group development

Incorporation of Autogrill S.p.A.
The Food & Beverage rest stops Pavesi, Motta and Alemagna are merged into Autogrill S.p.A., a subsidiary of SME (IRI group).

International growth in the motorway channel
Autogrill acquires in France the Food & Beverage companies Les 4 Pentes (part of the Elitair group) and Procace (Spain).

Edizione Holding, the investment arm of the Benetton family, becomes the majority shareholder.

IPO on the Milan Stock Exchange

Debut in North America and expansion in the airport channel
Autogrill acquires HMSHost, the leading airport catering business in North America. With the acquisition of Frantour Restauration, it also moves into railway stations in France.

Growth in the railway station channel
With the development of high-speed rail, Autogrill expands its operations in France, and sets up business in Spanish stations with the acquisition of Receco.

Debut in the Travel Retail & Duty-Free business
In a joint venture with Altadis, Autogrill acquires Aldeasa, a leading Travel Retail & Duty-Free operator with a solid presence in Spain and major international operations. Business in European airports is also boosted in the Food & Beverage sector with the acquisition of Steigenberger Gastronomie in Frankfurt; expansion in Spain, Austria and Italy and an initial presence in Northern Europe (Ireland and Sweden).

First UK operations: development of Travel Retail & Duty-Free and Flight
Autogrill acquires Alpha Group, one of the biggest names in airport and in-flight catering and retail services. Expansion in Asia, at the airports covered by Alpha and the first outlet in Hyderabad (India).

Autogrill: global provider of services for travellers
Autogrill acquires World Duty Free Europe, the United Kingdom’s number one Travel Retail & Duty- Free operator, and completes the Aldeasa acquisition, becoming the leading service provider in both Travel Retail and Food & Beverage for travellers.

Integration of Travel Retail & Duty-Free
Autogrill integrates the Travel Retail & Duty-Free business, creating Europe’s largest platform and sharpening its competitive edge.