Today we talk about Costa Group s.r.l. and we sit down with the CEO, Sandro Costa to learn more about the Company.
Industry: Hospitality, Food & Beverage
Location: La Spezia, Italy
Completed projects: 6,000
Tell us about your company. What kind of product or service do you provide?
Costa Group is a company specializing in the design and fitting of F&B venues, boasting more than 6.000 shops and collaborations worldwide with the most important brands of the Food & Beverage industry.
One of the key features is the design and construction of the shops on site: from the study of the format to the 1:1 scale simulation inside the factory, the assembly, and the subsequent assistance. It is a fast process, in close collaboration with the customer in order to deliver a finished, tailored product.
Today Costa Group is a combination of technology and research, it is much more than a simple piece of furniture: Costa Group means creating a product that can communicate something, not just to be displayed.
How many employees does your company currently have? Where is your office located?
The company extends over 13.000 sqm immersed in the countryside in Riccò del Golfo, in the province of La Spezia (Italy). This is where ideas and projects are shaped to become examples of Made in Italy around the world. We have our own team of architects, engineers, and designers but we frequently cooperate with internationally renowned architecture firms.
Our facility includes wood, marble, metal, glass, and fiberglass processing. We also have Graphic, Administration, Marketing, and Sales departments, for a total of about 100 employees.
What inspired the business and where is your company today?
Born from a visionary idea of innovating bakeries, we have come a long way in 40 years of experience. From Riccò del Golfo, a small Ligurian town, we cross the five continents exporting our creations all over the F&B world. Costa Group’s recipe is simple: we want to bring ideas from paper to fittings, we export Italian tradition and culture overcoming everything that is just ordinary, classic, and unoriginal.
Tell us about one specific project you worked on and which challenges you solved?
Among many projects, we would like to mention La Grande Epicerie de Paris (LVMH Group). 3000 sqm on four floors with a gastronomic offer that includes excellent wines, baked products, butchery, etc.
It is a prestigious project we are very proud of, and we developed every single detail in cooperation with Le Bon Marché’s team of architects.
The first challenge that we faced was due to the high level of details and finishing of every single piece that we manufactured. In addition to this, we had to meet the deadlines both during the design and logistics phases and during the assembly, since the opening date had already been set and could not be postponed. Finally, our design and manufacturing had been carried out exclusively based on plans and drawings, since the building was still under construction.
Which milestones are you planning to achieve in the next 12 months?
From a commercial point of view, we are working on further development in the US market, where we have already been successfully working for over 12 years with several important projects including Sorbillo pizzerias, the renovation of the former La Centrale in Miami (now, Luna Park Miami) at Brickell City Centre, and obviously Eataly stores in New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas (under construction).
In general, for 2021 we are looking forward to a significant global recovery of the F&B industry, and we will provide restaurateurs and Ho.Re.Ca entrepreneurs solutions that can help them to face the new, post-COVID challenges.
What do you like most about 4URSPACE?
What we really appreciate is the dynamism and the reliability that allows reaching professionals from the Retail industry.
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