The history of this renowned company begins towards the end of 1800, with Renzo Barbera, who, at his estate in San Lorenzo ai Colli, dabbled to cultivate citrus and olives. In 1894 Renzo transforms his passion for the land into a flourishing business, until in 1910 he was called to the Salandra Government. The activity passed into the hands of son Manfredi, who showed great entrepreneurial skills, giving an immediate impetus to the company : demonstration of such development was the awarding of two gold medals to the Barbera oil at the inauguration of the Eiffel Tour in Paris. Afterward, the innovative capacity of Manfredi senior (son of the first Manfredi) did not fail to step up and became the first to package the oil in glass. At that time the company delivered its oil to Tirrenia Navigazione and the restaurant manager asked Grandpa Manfredi to think of olive growlers for the onboard restaurant. The input was immediately caught, Manfredi found in Murano of the beautiful artisanal olers to be used for his precious oil. It was a great success! From that moment the azieda packed the oil exclusively in glass bottles and cans. The old otri remained memories of the past. The father of the young Lorenzo, said Renzino, was assisted by eclectic and genial personality. Great poet, passion inherited from the family of mother Carolina Natoli, grows unpained between words and oil. But in reality, even Manfredi senior of fantasy had so much : in the 60 in full economic boom it puts another novelty for his company, "the must oil". He soon becomes international referee for the designation of the COI (International Olevest Council). Today the company is in the hands of Manfredi junior that Grandpa looks like in appearance and character. He was an industrialist capable of conceiving the factory in modern key, but with a visceral attachment to tradition. His heir has hinted that it is necessary to move to foreign markets where a good oil such as the Sicilian goes exported.
AWARDS AND AWARDS
1900-International exhibition of Paris : 4 gold medals.
1904-Grand Prize Saint Louis : 2 Gold Medals.
1906-International exhibition Palermo and Monreale : Grand Prix and Gold Medal.
1998-Restaurant Show, New York : 1 ° Award.
1999-SOL, Verona : Lion d' Oro and Gran Mention for extra virgin olive oil "Frantoia".
2000-Fancy Food Show, New York : Finalist category condiments 1 ° Category Olio olive oil.
2001-SOL Verona : Gran Mention to Quality for extra virgin olive oil "Frantoia". International Competition "Mario Solinas", International Oleicol Council Madrid : 1 th Prize for extra virgin olive oil "Frantoia". 10 th International Competition Oils Extra Virgin di Oliva "L' Orciolo d' Oro", Pesaro : Distinction for the extra virgin olive oil "Stupor Mundi".
2003-Concourse "The Orciol d' Oro", Pesaro : Distinction as the medium fruity for the oil "Stupor Mundi". L.A. COUNTY FAIR, Los Angeles : Gold Medal for the oil "Stupor Mundi", Silver Medal for the oil packaging "Stupor Mundi".
2004-Contest L.A. COUNTY FAIR, Los Angeles : Gold Medal for the oil "Stupor Mundi". Competition "L' Orciolo d' Oro", Pesaro : 3 ° Award as an intense fruity for the oil "Stupor Mundi", Distinction for the oil "Frantoia".
"Manfredi Barbera & Sons S. p.A." is today one of the most evolved oil companies in the international landscape, the excellent products of which are obtained and bottled according to the highest quality standards and food hygiene. Establishments and production are guaranteed by the most important international certification systems : ISO 9001, ISO22005:2007, BRC certified (British Retail Consortium), IFS Certificate (International Food standards).
The historic venue is located in Via Emerico Amari in Palermo, to which, in 2003, a modern production plant was added in the sunny and enchanting Custonaci, in the province of Trapani.