Giovanni Randi

At the end of the 1960s Giovanni Randi, after a brief entrepreneurial experience in the wine and distillation sector, moved by his curiosity and desire to take on larger and less seasonal sectors, directed hi work towards making a plant for the production of tartaric acid and cream of tartar.

Time proved his intuition and his studying and researching skills right: a few years from then Randi Group imposed itself for quality and continuity, becoming leader in the sector of tartaric acid, cream of tartar, sodium and potassium tartrate, potassium tartrate production.

Completed the spectrum of tartaric products with strictly natural origin and enlarged the managing team with the inclusion of his four sons, Giovanni Randi realized that production ought to be secured investing in the supply of all raw material with wine origin.

In Europe the sector was definitely saturate, while in other countries there was turmoil for growth in the wine production therefore space for new businesses in the collateral sectors.

The desire of spreading the activity and the sharing of projects with his sons lead Giovanni Randi to invest energy to consolidate the activity of Randi Group in the sector of the wine industry by-products transformation, from tartaric acid to ethyl alcohol, even outside of Italy.

In 1991 a plant in Australia for the production of Calcium Tartrate, Tartaric Acid and later Ethyl Alcohol was built. It was followed in 1992 by the construction of a plant in California for the production of Cream of Tartar. The group completed its projects with the construction of a plant in Santa Rosa, Argentina, for the production of Calcium Tartrate, completed with a distillery for the production of Ethyl Alcohol.

At the end of 1996 the acquisition of Villapana in Faenza, distillery with production of Tartaric Acid and Ethyl Alcohol, further reinforced the group’s activities. The following main investments for the rationalization and upgrade of the production in Villapana determined the first step in a sector not yet explored, that of renewable energy production. The first investment in that sense was the installation of a group of endothermic motors that use the biogas produced in the waste treatment plant as fuel for the production of electrical energy. After having consolidated the capabilities of grape marc collection, a biomass boiler was built, that uses as fuel the self-produced spent marc, producing electrical and thermal energy.

The acquisition of a stake in La Alcoholera de la Rioja, excellent model of distillery managed in a rational way, in Spain in 2008, contributed to consolidate the presence in the Tartaric Acid and Ethyl Alcohol production sector.

Today the Group is certainly one of the most significant in the “Natural Tartaric Acid” landscape thanks to the massive self-production of Calcium Tartrate in the Italian, Spanish, Australian and Argentinian distilleries.