Our legacy starts over a hundred years ago, with Francesco Bertolli and his passion for good food and simple ingredients.
Our story starts in Lucca, Tuscany in 1865. Francesco Bertolli and his wife, Caterina, open a small grocery store beneath their home, selling only the best quality regional wines, cheeses, olives and olive oil.
Italian emigrants in America find themselves missing the food of their heritage. By 1875, they are asking Francesco Bertolli to send boxes of his famous olive oil, making Bertolli® brand a pioneer of olive oil in the USA.
In 1890, Francesco and Caterina's children take over the business, exporting the Bertolli® brand to new places. From Australia to South America to Africa, customers around the globe can now enjoy the taste of Tuscany.
In the early 1900s, customers everywhere start connecting Bertolli® with the simple authenticity of an Italian lifestyle and delicious food. The business booms as customers reach for the flavour they trust.
TV spots for the Bertolli® brand featuring animated characters "Olivella" and "Maria Rosa" become popular in Italy. Bertolli becomes well-known as a "brand," something relatively rare in Italy during the 1940s.
Bertolli® introduces flavourful and convenient sprays. Bertolli Oliver oil is now available in more than 40 countries around the world.
In 2015, Bertolli® celebrated 150 years of delivering authentic Italian taste. Customers everywhere choose Bertolli for savory pasta sauces, quality oils and delightful frozen dinners.
In 2016, Bertolli® releases new Organic Olive Oils for the first time in the American market, continuing their history of health and innovation.
Bertolli® customers enjoy Traditional Red and savory Alfredo sauces, made simply with bright, fresh ingredients for authentic Italian flavour.
From Francesco Bertolli's first bottle of olive oil in 1865 to the quality Bertolli® products you enjoy today, the Bertolli legacy lives on through simple ingredients and authentic flavour.
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