Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread

Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread

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Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread

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Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread

Nutella, the nutty chocolate spread, is turning 50. Last year some 365 million kilos were consumed - roughly the weight of the Empire State Building - in 160 countries around the world. Half a century ago, in a small town in northern Italy, this would have been unimaginable.

In the hungry months after the end of World War Two, a young confectioner has a vision - of an affordable luxury made of a small amount of cocoa and lots of hazelnuts. His name: Pietro Ferrero.

"My grandfather lived to find this formula. He was completely obsessed by it," says the current boss of the family business, Giovanni Ferrero. "He woke up my grandmother at midnight - she was sleeping - and he made her taste it with spoons, asking, 'How was it?' and 'What do you think?'"

The way the family tells the story, it's a modern fairytale. Pietro was a humble man who lived in an enchanting region famed throughout the land for its delicious hazelnuts. Times were hard and chocolatey delights were not for the common people. Still, he dreamed of a magic formula that would enable everyone to enjoy his sweet treats.

When Pietro had his vision, the Piedmont region of Italy, and its capital Turin, was already famed forits chocolate industry. It was the birthplace of Gianduja, a creamy combination of chocolate and hazelnuts. But only the rich could think of buying it.

"Chocolate was so expensive, it was really high-end, nobody could afford it, at least in Italy," says Giovanni Ferrero.

But in 1946 his grandfather launched Giandujot, or Pasta Gianduja. Produced as loaves wrapped in aluminium foil, it was a sort of solidified Nutella that had to be cut with a knife. The first spreadable version - Supercrema - came a few years later.

"This was a big success," says Giovanni. "It was the first brand that allowed people to enjoy confectionery at a very accessible price, even if it was not fully confectionery. This is how everything started." It could also be eaten with bread, which formed a big part of the diet at the time. People who never ate chocolate got the Supercrema habit.

But it was Pietro's son, Michele Ferrero, who turned it into Nutella, relaunching it with its now famously secret recipe and iconic glass jar. "Nutella was born the same year as I was born, 1964, so I have a small brother in the family! And it was not just an Italian success but a European success." sais Giovanni Ferrero.

Fifty years on, Nutella is a global phenomenon, produced in 11 factories worldwide, and accounting for one fifth of the Ferrero Group's turnover, along with other products such as Kinder and Ferrero Rocher chocolates. The company is the number one user of hazelnuts in the world, buying up 25% of the entire world production.

Vocabulary

to go nuts for sg

megőrülni valamiért

spread

kenhető krém

to consume

fogyasztani

unimaginable

elképzelhetetlen

confectioner

cukrász

affordable luxury

megfizethető luxus

to be obsessed by sg

megszállottnak lenni

modern fairytale

modern tündérmese

humble

szerény, alázatos

enchanting

varázslatos, elbűvölő

chocolatey delight

csokis élvezet

birthplace

szülőhely

high-end

gazdag célközönségre tervezett termék

to launch

elindítani

to wrap

becsomagolni

to solidify

megszilárdít

spreadable

kenhető

confectionery

cukrászat

accessible

hozzáférhető

to relaunch

újra elindítani egy üzletet

worldwide

világszerte

to account for

indokol valamit

turnover

forgalom

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