The managing director of the historic Cremona oil mill was awarded for the "ability to innovate and contribute significantly to the growth of the Italian economy"
The "Woman for Made in Italy", this year, is Alessia Zucchi. The CEO of the Zucchi oil mill, a historic company from Cremona, received the recognition from Teresa Bellanova, Minister of Agricultural Food Policies, who rewarded his commitment to spreading the culture of oil and excellence made in Italy. The award was given in the context of the national conference Consortia and Made In: how to convey excellence, which awards seven Italian businesswomen who have distinguished themselves for their ability to innovate and to contribute significantly to growth of the Italian economy.
«Our commitment as a company is not only to promote a correct approach to sustainability issues, but also to spread one conscious oil culture, able to enhance the excellence of our territory while respecting biodiversity and work ethics ", explained Alessia Zucchi, who has led the company for two years. "Seeing this commitment recognized is immense satisfaction, and can only be the drive for the whole Zucchi team to continue working in this direction".
For Alessia Zucchi and her company, this is it the third recognition in a few weeks: the oil mill has been selected among the ten virtuous examples of Why Italy is definitely alive and kicking, promoted by The European House – Ambrosetti, and has also joined the award-winning companies Coop for future – Together for a good expense, conferred by Coop Italia.
The oil mill was born in 1810: it was a family-run artisan business dedicated to extracting oil from seeds for food use. Over the years, the plant has become increasingly modern and the olive oil line has been introduced to complement that of seed oils. The oil mill gave birth to first disciplinary of Sustainability Certification of the entire chain of extra virgin olive oil, guaranteed by the Csqa certification body.
In this way a chain of excellence is guaranteed, traceable and based on respect for the environment, on proper economic recognition of work, on workers' rights. Over the years, the oil mill has also introduced new ones measures to limit the environmental impact of production, for example through the reduction of the carbon footprint, the construction of a cogeneration plant and a rail link for the movement of goods, and, again, the reduction of water consumption.