Service station operators Autogrill and Dufry plan merger.
Italian motorway service station operator Autogrill and Swiss duty-free store operator Dufry are apparently planning a merger. This would create a global leader in travel retail, the Bloomberg financial agency reported.
According to the report, Autogrill
said that as part of its growth strategy
, the group is interested in evaluating various strategic opportunities and is also in talks with operators in the sector for this purpose, with the primary objective of promoting the development of the company
and continuing to create value for all stakeholders.
The Autogrill Group, owned by the Italian entrepreneurial family Benetton, with 62,500 employees
, is the world leader in transport catering
. Already last summer there were media reports about a possible merger between Autogrill and Dufry. These were dismissed.
Autogrill is considered one of the world's leading providers of food and beverages for travelers. The group is present in 30 countries and on 4 continents and operates at around 950 locations approximately 3,800 sales outlets with more than 31,000 employees and is present at 142 airports.