Tommie and Liza Gridelli’s entrepreneurial background begins in post-war Italy. It was there that their grandparents traded shoes that they made themselves for olive oil from the area. It was also where the siblings went in the summer to meet with family.
“For us it was like arriving in another world, and we loved all of it. We stayed in a big house with many relatives and a lot revolved around the food. Every day was like a party,” explains Liza Gridelli.
Summer memories from Italy sowed a seed, and already as children, Liza and Tommie started cooking and experimenting together at home in the kitchen. Today they run a growing family business. In 2012, the doors of a café/restaurant and delicatessen were opened in Gothenburg. The restaurant was wound up in 2018 and they concentrated on selling high-quality delicatessen products with fine design under the brand Gridelli.Things have gone well. Sales have essentially doubled annually since the company was founded, and since the beginning, annual sales have increased by 1,300%. As the next step along the journey, a holding company has been set up in which a number of products will be developed under different brands.
Quality raw materials and fine design – the art of scaling up
Today’s consumers are picky and, for Gridelli, it’s important to deliver high quality in raw materials and design. Their love of art and aesthetics is also an aspect that has accompanied them from childhood, when their father was a clothing designer and their mother a decorator.
“A lot of people questioned how we could spend so much money on the labels, with gilding and texture. For us it was vital,” says Tommie Gridelli.
“It often happens that people might buy the product mainly because it’s attractive, but then they buy it again because they also liked the content. This is the best testimonial we can get and shows that good products scale up on their own,” continues Liza Gridelli.