Italian chocolate maker’s Pernigotti’s Novi plant saved

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Deputy Premier and Labour and Industry Minister Luigi Di Maio announced that an agreement has been reached to protect the jobs of the workers at the Pernigotti chocolate plant in the northern town of Novi Ligure.

Pernigotti’s Turkish owners said last year that they wanted to close the plant.

Pernigotti is a manufacturer of high-end chocolate with its speciality being the production of a chocolate-hazelnuts mix.

It is one of the oldest and most traditional manufacturers of chocolate and nougat in Italy, founded in 1860 in Novi Ligure, Piedmont.

In 2013 it was sold to the Toksoz company of Istanbul.

Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio meets with employees of Italian chocolate producer Pernigotti
Italian Deputy Premier and Labour Minister Luigi Di Maio (C) addresses the media as he arrives to meet with employees of the Italian chocolate producer Pernigotti in Novi Ligure, near Alessandria, northern Italy,in a file photo from the 05 January 2019. EPA-EFE/DINO FERRETTI

5-Star Movement leader Di Maio stressed that there won’t be any job losses adding that the people “who work for a brand and make it great cannot be fired.”

Union sources said two preliminary agreements had been signed for the Pernigotti in Novi Ligure, with the Emendatori and Gruppo Spes companies.



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