90 years of Amadori without the family lunch

Francesco Amadori, founder of the group, 90 years old today, and his niece Francesca, 45 years old

The first plastic consequence of the disagreements in the Amadori house is that today the usual family lunch will not be held in Cesena for the birthday of the patron Francesco. Double disappointment, since the figure is round: the founder of the second Italian poultry group (1.2 billion euros in turnover) turns 90. For him, the leading poultry company bought a page in the newspapers with a gigantic 90 and a thank you from “8,900 people who have never stopped looking to the future next to you”. The figure is that of employees, but it should …

The first consequence, plastic, of the disagreements in Amadori house, is that today will not be held the usual family lunch, in Cesena, for the birthday of patron Francesco. Double disappointment, since the figure is round: the founder of the second Italian poultry group (1.2 billion euros in turnover) turns 90. For him, the leading poultry company bought a page in the newspapers with a gigantic 90 and a thank you from “8,900 people who have never stopped looking to the future next to you”. The figure is that of employees, but it should be 8,899, because in the meantime Francesca, niece and pupil of the founder, until two days ago communication director and a previously written leadership path, was fired on the spot. Last act of a family war that had lasted for months. In fact ousted by her father Flavio, president, who, however, was tactically abroad. In the company also Flavio’s brother, Denis and Francesca’s cousins, Andrea and Gianluca. Sons of Arnaldo, who in turn was liquidated by his brother in 1998, as it was twenty years earlier for the other brother, Adelmo. A story that repeats itself, in short, and that includes among the abrupt exits also those of Francesca’s mother, the manager Maurizia Boschetti. No family party, no. “It couldn’t have been anyway, there is Covid”, someone specifies. But the Amadori’s cell phones are also off. Because even if the company minimizes (“the working relationship ended for reasons that respect the company principles and rules, valid for all employees, without distinction”), out there we talk about nothing but the family saga. And Francesca, who suffered heard the grandfather by phone, studies the papers: “I am evaluating the most appropriate initiatives – he said hotly – to oppose a measure that I consider unfair and illegitimate and that does not concern the violation of any company rule, finding on the contrary foundation in other logics that will have to be ascertained in the appropriate locations “.

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On his side there is the whole neighborhood, used for decades to live around the Amadori and the company. Both, everyone says, have never delegated a human and supportive relationship with the community of employees and ‘neighbors’. Francesca on the front line: “When there was the ‘nevone’ – recalls the newsagent Loretta Pasini -, the roof of the elderly center was in danger of collapsing. She replied immediately, and not only with a contribution, but with everything that was needed”. Normal in these parts: “Amadori gives work, helps, supports – shrugs a customer of the newsstand -. The company is seriously present and so is the family”. Francesca included. “A good girl,” says another customer bitterly. Then it goes away. In the background, the white walls of the establishment.

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