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Home page > Ligabue Group > Past & Present

Past & Present

Gourmet cuisine in every corner of the world, since 1919
  • 1919

    Founder Anacleto Ligabue placed his business bet by supplying food to Società Veneziana di Navigazione ships in the port of Venice.

  • 1929

    Anacleto came up with the idea of offering on-board supervision to kitchen staff as well as supplying the ships with food.

  • 1940

    More than 130 ships (which included the whole Achille Lauro fleet) were using Ligabue catering services.

  • 1950s

    Ligabue provided catering and hotel services to over 400 ships including cargo ships, ferry boats, transatlantic passenger and cruise ships.

  • 1960s - 1970s

    Eni starts exploring for oil in Iran: Ligabue is the first catering services company in the world in the oil sector.

    Ligabue expands its services to the in-flight catering market.

  • 1973

    Giancarlo Ligabue founds the CSRL, a non profit association which seeks to study the origin of human life with special focus on the culture of food.

  • 1979

    Ligabue Group subsidiary company SACE is incorporated in Saudi Arabia

  • 1980s

    Ligabue is present in Libya at the Bouri eld (offshore), with creation of a company. Ligabue expands heavily on the German cruise market.

  • 1990s

    Ligabue starts working on contracts in Central Asia, with creation of the Central Asia Company.

  • 2003

    Acquisition of ALC Company to expand in the Algerian industrial market.

    Inti Ligabue, since 2001 member of the B.O.D. on 2004 joins actively the company.

  • 2006

    Acquisition of shipsupply company Arthur Riva Rotterdam, and Plantours Kreuzfahrten.

  • 2009 - 2010

    Strategic relaunch Group plan.

    Inti Ligabue: Appointment as Vice President of the Group.

    Acquisition of 17 accomodation vessels for Ersai Consortium, Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan.

    Leadership of ferries catering in the Mediterranean with more than 40 vessels managed (whole Moby eet).

  • 2012

    Inti Ligabue: Appointment as C.E.O. of the Group.

    Management of German Cruise Ship "Hamburg".

    Contract Acquisition of Camelot Barge. The biggest barge in the world.

  • 2013

    Ligabue Group subsidiary company is incorporated in Brazil at Guarujà for a strategic Saipem partnership.

The Ligabue Catering Group is a highly esteemed member of the worldwide business community, unique in the sector for its diversified offering and areas of operation. From its roots in the Venetian lagoon, Ligabue has reached worldwide success thanks to the quality of its personnel and the wide range of services it offers. In 90 years of operation, the company has achieved many important objectives.

The success story began long ago in 1919, when founder Anacleto Ligabue placed his business bet by supplying food to Società Veneziana di Navigazione ships in the port of Venice.

In 1929 Anacleto came up with the brilliant idea of offering on-board assistance to kitchen staff as well as supplying the ships with food. This marked the beginning of the ship catering business which has played such a crucial role in the company’s further development. Ship owners no longer had to buy provisions and hire their kitchen staff to provide meals for passengers and crew and simply turned to Ligabue, which soon became a key partner for leading ship owners.

By 1940, more than 130 ships were using Ligabue catering services. In the 50’s, with the rapid development of the shipping business, Ligabue provided catering and hotel services to over 400 ships, including cargo ships, ferry boats, transatlantic passenger and cruise ships.

A new business area was added in 1963 for the supply of catering and hotel services to worksites, oil fields and offshore drilling platforms. This was the beginning of an important partnership with the ENI Group and other international oil and construction companies around the world. Ligabue became the leading caterer for industry

In 1970, under the guidance of the current Honorary Chairman, Giancarlo Ligabue, Ligabue also began supplying meals to flights departing from Venice Airport, in this way enabling rapid growth in the airplane and airport catering sectors as well.

When Giancarlo Ligabue took over as Company Chairman in 1972 the Group extended its airport services to other Italian airports, managing bars, restaurants, stores and duty free shops.

In 1973 Giancarlo Ligabue, a keen scholar and scientist, set up the Centro Studi Ricerche Ligabue (The Ligabue Study and Research Centre), a non-profit association which seeks to study the origins of human life, with special focus on the culture of food.

Between 1980 and 1990, the Cruise Ship Division was created and partnerships with leading Italian ferry groups, with over 50 ships, were strengthened.

International operations have been expanding since 2000 with the opening of branches in the Middle East, North Africa and Western and Central Asia to better develop the strategic On & Off Shore business area.

Now in its third generation, with the entry of Inti Ligabue as CEO, the Company supplies top quality catering and hotel services using leading edge technologies for every type of ship, offshore drilling platform or large construction site.