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**History and Company Overview:**
– Founded by Francesco Illy in 1933.
– Invented the first automatic coffee machine in 1935.
– Developed a packaging system using nitrogen to preserve coffee.
– Control passed to Ernesto Illy after World War II.
– Established the University of Coffee in 1999.
– Operates in approximately 140 countries.
– Directly sources green coffee beans.
– Offers free training for coffee growers.
– Received Responsible Supply Chain Process certification.
– Funded the Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.

**Product Lines and Design:**
– Blended from arabica beans.
– Packaged in pressurized steel canisters.
– Launched coffee-flavoured energy drinks in 2009.
– Available in various flavors.
– Served by AirTran Airways since 2009.
– Launched The Illy Art Collection in 1992.
– Collaborated with artists and designers.
– Created artwork for cups and coffee machines.
– Extended the project to coffee cans in 2006.

**Global Presence and Expansion:**
– Illy has branches around the world.
– It is the world’s first coffee with DNV sustainability certification.
– Illy has won The Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.
– The company is expanding into the U.S. coffee market.
– Illy issimo offers lower-calorie coffee options in various flavors.

**Awards, Recognition, and Innovation:**
– Illy has received DNV sustainability certification.
– The company has won The Ernesto Illy Trieste Science Prize.
– Illy’s global brand management has been recognized in the business world.
– The company’s purpose-driven approach has been highlighted in the book ‘Digging Deeper.’
– Illy has introduced caffè no sugar and mochaccino flavors.
– The company’s products cater to on-the-go coffee lovers.
– Illy issimo offers convenient coffee options.

**Academic References and External Links:**
– Illy’s sustainability practices are discussed in academic literature.
– The company’s global brand management is a subject of study.
– Illy’s purpose-driven approach is analyzed in academic texts.
– Illy’s marketing strategies are explored in the context of experiential marketing.
– External resources are available for more details about the company.

Illy (Wikipedia)

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Illycaffè S.p.A.
Company typeS.p.A.
Founded1933; 91 years ago (1933)
FounderFrancesco Illy
HeadquartersTrieste, Italy
Area served
Key people
Andrea Illy (Chairman)
Massimiliano Pogliani (CEO)
ProductsCoffee, espresso machines
Revenue€567.7 million (in 2022)
€14.2 million (in 2022)
Number of employees
2700+ (in 2016)

Illycaffè S.p.A. (branded and stylised as illy) is an Italian coffee company specializing in espresso, headquartered in Trieste. Illy markets its coffee globally in silver and red pressurized, oxygen-free cans; operates a network of cafes on shopping streets, in museums, and in airports; and, since 2009, has marketed a line of coffee-flavoured energy drinks as illy issimo.

Either as whole beans or ground coffee, Illy offers medium, dark, and decaffeinated roast variations; as well as single-origin arabica variations, as available; each from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Tanzania or India. Seasonally, the company offers Idillyum, a low-caffeine arabica grown in El Salvador. The company packages coffee as whole beans, pre-ground coffee, ESE pods, and iperEspresso capsules.

Illy was founded in 1933 by Francesco Illy, remains family-controlled and employs about 2700+ employees (2015). 2022 revenues totalled €567.7 million, and in late 2019, Illycaffee sought to expand into the United States market, offering a 20% stake in the company to potential investors.

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