Rancilio Group, renown coffee machine manufacturer hires Massimiliano Bizzarri as its new CEO.
January 31 - 2024
Coffee Geography Magazine
Massimiliano Bizzarri is the new Chief Executive of the Rancilio Group. He succeeds Ruggero Ferrari, who has led the Rancilio Group for the past four years.
“I welcome this new challenge with great enthusiasm, and I thank both Ali Group for the trust they have placed in me and Ruggero for the splendid job he has done in recent years,” comments Massimiliano Bizzarri, CEO of Rancilio Group. “I will put all the experience I have gained in my professional career at the company’s disposal, and I am sure that together we will achieve new goals and accompany Rancilio Group towards a new phase of transformation and expansion.”
Massimiliano Bizzarri, 54, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has lengthy experience with multinational industrial groups in different business sectors: from automotive to food processing equipment. He joined Ali Group in September 2023 as Senior Vice President EMEA APAC and in recent years has held senior roles at Interpump Group as Division President (pumps and food processing equipment) and at GEA Group as Business Unit CEO (pasta and extruded products).
“It has been a privilege to lead the Rancilio Group during a period of great global change and I am proud of the results we have achieved in these four years,” says outgoing CEO Ruggero Ferrari. “I have decided to leave the Group for family reasons and to dedicate myself to new professional goals, but I will continue enthusiastically to follow the evolution of the Rancilio Group.”
Rancilio is an espresso machine manufacturer, founded in 1927 by Roberto Rancilio in Parabiago, Italy. It’s earliest machine was 'La Regina' – a vertical boiler machine, similar to the original Bezzera and Victoria Arduino devices in function and gilded 'Belle Epoque' styling.
In 1950, Rancilio released a horizontal boiler machine, the Invicta Horizzontal, showing evidence of the postwar shift toward spare, modern styling. The machine however, still used the same forced-steam brewing method from the early 20th century. By 1953, Rancilio adopted lever piston technology introduced by Gaggia. In 1957, Rancilio released a model which automated the lever process, the H/L Automatica. The company followed new technological trends towards continuous deliver brewing introduced by Faema in 1961. In 1965, Rancilio commissioned design work from industrial designer Marco Zanuso, beginning with the Rancilio Z8, and continuing with the Z9 in 1974. Rancilio continued with several Z-series machines, with the Z11 being the last. The S-series machine would become popular in the 1990s, and become well known in the North American marketplace.
In 1997, Rancilio created a home kitchen-sized espresso machine based on their commercial offerings. This was initially only available as a thank-you gift to importers and vendors of Rancilio's restaurant-grade coffee machines. This machine was later sold to consumers as the Silvia. The Silvia is a one group machine with a vibratory pump from ULKA and a single brass boiler that's controlled by 3 thermostats for both steam and hot water. It is frequently sold with its companion Rocky grinder that is available in doserless and dosered models with stepped settings.
In 2001, Rancilio revamped their lineup, introducing the basic Epoca, and the Classe series. In 2011, they introduced a new advanced brewing system for the Classe 9 called Xcelsius, which gives precise control of water temperature during the brewing cycle. Rancilio made an attempt at a super-automatic machine, the Classe 12, and used cafes in Borders bookstores as a test market. It was deemed a failure, recalled, and abandoned. They subsequently purchased the Swiss Egro brand of super-automatic machines and have built a presence in that market with their Egro One. In October 2013 Rancilio was acquired by Ali group.