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Selling the fruits of the Italian soil

Dominique Coombes R'94 shares his premium olive oil used by celebrity chefs
7 Michelin Star Chef Bruno Barbieri with Dominique
7 Michelin Star Chef Bruno Barbieri with Dominique

Despite having been born in France, after 8 years at Worth, Dominique Coombes R'94 headed to Oxford to do a Masters in Modern & Medieval Languages and then moved back to Italy where his parents were living. Whilst searching for jobs in Milan, he accepted what he thought would be a temporary job in Umbria, as Press Officer for the Opera Theatre in Spoleto, but stayed for 2 years. Whilst there he was head hunted by a company which pioneered the extra virgin olive oil and salad dressings packed in single portion bottles aimed at the airlines’ First and Business Class services. The company was acquired by Terre Francescane, who have been producing premium extra virgin olive oil since 1639, and are purveyors to Michelin Star restaurants and celebrity chefs across the world.

Dominique tell us, "I initially started in Sales and Marketing and have now moved into the role of Business Development Manager, following the challenging phases of the company’s growth. We have been lucky. Although we have suffered Covid-related set backs on our travel retail and airline catering channels, we have been rapidly expanding in other trade channels and markets. I am very fortunate to work with an amazing, tightly knit team. We are currently focused on developing our presence in the export market and our Corporate Social Responsibility which has seen us develop 70% green energy in-house and support the Serafico di Assisi charity based in Assisi, home to St Francis, patron saint of Italy."

Terre Francescane and Gradassi products are available from duty free shops in Italy and abroad, and at the newly opened EATALY store in London and The Fine Cheese Co.  Find out more by taking a look at our listing in the Worthian Business Directory.

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