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Medicinal plants, herbal drugs and spices (raw material) since 1930

A. Minardi & Figli has been operating in national and international markets since 1930, spanning three generations. It specialises in the wholesale trade and processing of medicinal plants, herbal drugs, and spices (dried raw material).

The company - firmly rooted in the Romagna region - covers approximately 5,600 square metres, occupies a total covered area of 2,200 square metres, and employs over 20 staff members.

The company was founded by Alfredo Minardi, who began working for the local agricultural consortium in his youth around the early 1920s. He collected plants and roots and gained a deeper understanding of their health-giving properties. After leaving the Consortium, he then turned this passion into a profession, collecting plants for companies in the liqueur and pharmaceutical sectors. The business itself expanded from the mid-1930s through the sale of exotic goods from Italian East Africa. At that time, only self-sufficient products such as hibiscus tea could be sold instead of tea.

Alfredo was assisted by the many members of the family (5 daughters and 2 sons); in particular Diego, the eldest son, and Anna, joined the family business that quickly expanded the scope of domestic sales into important foreign markets. All this led to the classification of Romagna products, first and foremost the renowned Coriander, of which there was a commercial variety known unsurprisingly as “seed of Romagna”, also popular in Russia. Diego graduated as an herbalist in Bologna in 1953 with Prof. Lodi and thanks to this new drive, the range of products handled by Minardi & Figli has always expanded to include not only the most common plants, but also the more unusual and exotic ones. His commitment to both the qualification of the role of the herbalist and the countless legal battles for the recognition of herbal products has been remarkable.

Today, the company is run by Dr Irene Minardi, a pharmacist, supported not only by the younger generation of the family, but also by highly specialised trained staff (we have two herbalists with diplomas and two graduates in applied pharmaceutical sciences). The company stands out for its careful selection of raw materials, boasting a wide range of products that we proudly define as one of the most comprehensive nationwide, not to mention our excellent and prompt response to customer needs. The trade is aimed exclusively at professionals such as herbalists, pharmacies, breweries and distilleries, as well as pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies, food, homoeopathic, cosmetic and veterinary industries. The company has always been committed to continuous improvement when it comes to the environment, promoting the use of clean energy.

A. Minardi & Figli is a founding member of Assoerbe, the Italian association of processors, importers, exporters, wholesalers and representatives of foreign houses of medicinal, aromatic and fragrance plants. 

In May 2021, MISE (Italian Ministry of Economic Development) granted our company registration in the prestigious Special Register of Historical Brands, established in 2019. The value of this Association is the key prerequisite that the brand has been in continuous operation over the last 50 years under the same name. This represents a continuity that legitimises cultural and productive tradition, with the ability of the company to renew itself over time. Our company was founded in the 1930s, and this fact formalises not only the strength of our expertise, but also the credibility and authority it has gained through its near 100-year history.