It has been reported that Ernesto Illy, honourary chairman of illycaffè, has died at the age of 82. The cause of death has not been disclosed. He is survived by his son, Andrea, who is currently CEO of the firm.
Son of illy founder Francesco, Ernesto started a research laboratory that soon became the source of new inventions and patents. As a result, illy became a leader in innovation and technology. Inspired by his love of coffee, he promoted premium quality coffee around the world. Thanks to his tenacity, illy has become one of the largest coffee companies in the world.
Founded in 1933, illy now has coffee outlets in 100 countries around the world and the Italian-based company estimates that six million cups of its espresso are drunk each day. Its famous 100% Arabica coffee beans are also sold in retail outlets.
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