Capua 1880, which has been supplying Symrise for years, is the perfect example of a family business. Gianfranco Capua has been managing the company for 40 years, now accompanied by his twin sons, Giandomenico and Rocco; they represent the fifth generation to successfully lead the company, established in 1880, into the future. Based in Campo Calabro, Capua 1880 has been producing bergamot and other citrus oils since the very beginning. Back then, employees extracted the valuable oil using sponges, which were pressed against the peels and then wrung out. What was once an entirely manual process is now a high-tech production chain.
The family invested heavily in the modern production facilities at which the oil is refined, mixed and decanted into containers. At this site, the company produces around 60 % of the world’s demand for bergamot essential oil and has increased its sales from € 9 million to € 50 million over the past 20 years. Its high-tech production ensures superior quality that Symrise has come to rely on. Despite all the technological finesse, the family business and passion for bergamot are still the top priority for the family. The three Capuas know every detail when it comes to their raw materials, the necessary climate, working the fields, production and markets around the world.
Gianfranco Capua (middle) has been managing the Capua 1880 company for 40 years – now with his twin sons Giandomenico (left) and Rocco (right).