Sales: $1.0 billion
Key Personnel: Joseph Nissim, founder; Soly Benveniste, CEO.
Major Products: Beauty, personal care and household cleaning.
New Products: Collistar—Face Magic Drops self-tanner, Sublime Black Precious Cream; Neutro Roberts—Fresh-Green Tea & Lime antiperspirant.
Comments: Privately-held Bolton Group is parent to Collistar makeup and skin treatments and a wide range of personal and household care products that include Neutro Roberts body care, Sanogyl dental care, Omino Bianco laundry care and Carolin floor cleaners, among many other products that are well known among European consumers, including canned tuna. In fact, Bolton’s food unit accounts for nearly half (49%) of the firm’s total revenues, with household and laundry at 17%, personal care at 16% and beauty at 5%. (Bolton also has an adhesives business, which represents 13% of sales.)
Bolton has increased production at its Calenzano, Italy plant, ramping up output of Manetti & Roberts roll-on deodorants. Specifically, production jumped from six million units packed in 2010 to 10 million units in 2015, according to the firm.
Earlier this year, Neutro Roberts was relaunched with a new logo that is said to merge the Manetti & Roberts pharmacy logo with the classic blue Neutro Roberts logo.
Joseph Nissim, who is well in his 90s, is reportedly still at the helm of the company he founded.