A family story.
A story made up of women, men, ideas and a lot of work.
A long journey that began on the outskirts of a small city in Lombardy, stretching across Italy, and beyond its borders.
A fascinating journey through time, full of information and curiosity.
The adventure of a simple, ingenious and tenacious family that brought success to a company that began from nothing in the 1960s.
26 March, 1965 – Dodi Carlo & C. was born
It was the 1960s when Carlo Dodi opened Dodi Carlo & C, a small family business of wholesale products for household cleaning, which reached a wide distribution market in no time.
The experience of the first 10 years of activity was fundamental for the Company’s future.
19 November, 1975 – Gabbiano S.a.s. was born
Gabbiano S.a.s. was established in the mid-1970s to support the enormous success achieved by an innovative launch a few months earlier: the introduction of the blister as a new sales system.
1980s – Expansion
The 1980s were years of expansion.
This decade required an increasing sales organization, to which Gabbiano responded by introducing the merchandising service, further strengthened by the acquisition of competitor Epfina.
This evolution brought strategically fundamental competitive advantages.
1990s – The first automated warehouse
In the 1990s, after more than 20 years of continuous growth, Gabbiano focused on new competitive and innovative tools to support its business.
The automated gravity warehouse was born in this decade; it was the first in its sector in Europe and an asset the Company can still showcase today, after more than 20 years of activity.
The new millennium – New investments
The arrival of the new millennium led to the birth of an increasingly global market.
For the Company, this period led to facing new challenges. With more than 30 years of success and profits, Gabbiano decided to invest in new managerial resources, go global and aim to diversify distribution channels and product targets.
2010 – The first license
In 2010, Gabbiano signed the first license agreement with Mattel, a leading multinational company in the toy segment, for the production of merchandise for children.
2011 – Acquisition of the Gala Group
In 2011, Gabbiano purchased the Gala Group, which led to the
- strengthening of the children target segment, since the Group specialized in that sector;
- licensing with companies that include Disney;
- access to the Spanish market with the Gala Iberia branch in Valencia.
2012 – Acquisition of N.M. Italo Cremona
In 2012, Gabbiano acquired the main business activities of N.M. Italo Cremona, an important leading company in the field of ready-to-wear eyewear, hair accessories and custom jewellery for children in the large-scale retail channels (G.D.O) and specialized large-scale distribution (G.D.S.) sectors.
New customers and new licenses continued to guarantee other sources of growth.
2013 – Acquisition of NV Corporaciòn
In 2013, Gabbiano purchased NV Corporaciòn of Terrassa (Barcelona), achieving its leadership in the Spanish market with a share of more than 60% in the licensed party supply and tableware segments.
That same year, Gabbiano purchased Tentation Srl, obtaining its unchallenged leadership in the discount store niche.
2017 – Acquisition of the Health & Personal Care sector of the Angelini Group
Gabbiano entered into a purchase agreement concerning the FarmaMed brand of the Health & Personal Care sector of the Angelini Group, as well as the rights to use the Group’s Amuchina brand. Thanks to this transaction, the Company became a leader in the Health & Personal Care niche, controlling a market share greater than 40%.
The Group’s numbers
all over Italy
– from order processing to point of sale –