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1972: The Company M.A.R.R., 'Magazzini Alimentari Riuniti Riminesi' begins it's activity in Rimini, supplying and distributing food products to restaurants and hotels on the Riviera Romagnola.

1979: The Cremonini group buys a shareholding in MARR.

1983: MARR begins the marketing of fish products.

The '90s: MARR spreads throughout the Country, opening new branches in Sicily, Campania, Lombardy, Lazio, Veneto and Sardinia.

1998/1999: Targeted acquisitions of regional operators, in particular Adriafood, Copea, Discom, Venturi and Sanremomare.

2003: Entry of a pool of institutional investors into the capital of MARR (lead-investors: Barclays Private Equity, Arca Impresa Gestioni SGR and Arca Merchant) which buy around 33.3% of the capital.

2004: MARR buys Sogema SpA, a company operating in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta, and that is active in the distribution of food products to the foodservice sector.
 

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2005: In February MARR buys Sfera Srl, a company operating on the Riviera Romagnola and the Riviera Marchigiana.
In March a new distribution center is opened in Calabria, further improving their presence in southern Italy.
21 June 2005 the shares of MARR are listed on the Star Segment of Borsa Italiana.
In September with the acquisition of As.Ca., a company operating in Bologna, the strategy of coverage of major italian cities is strengthen.

2006: in February is acquired the going concern relating to the activities of distribution to the foodservice of Prohoga, a company operating in Trentino Alto Adige, a strategic tourism area.

2007: in January is signed the acquisition of New Catering, a company based in Forlì and operating in the distribuition of food products to bars and fast food operators.
In early April operations start up in the new MARR Toscana distribution center in Bottegone (Pistoia).
In June MARR strenghtenes its presence in the fresh seafood segment by leasing the going concern of F.lli Baldini, a leading company in the distribuition of fresh shellfish.
In September acquisition of the going concern of Cater, specialized in supplying canteen operators, was finalised. By the operation MARR acquires a further distribuition center in Rome.
In December MARR finalised the acquisition of the going concern of Jolly Hotels relating to the distribuition center of food products to the hotel of NH Group, leading chain, in Italy.

2008: in February lease contract of the going concern of Minerva Srl, company operating in the Garda Lake area and specialised in the distribuition of fresh and frozen seafood, was finalised.
In July MARR signs the definitive contract for the acquisition of Emi.Gel, company based in Bologna and operating in the distribuition to bars and fast-food outlets.

2009: in early months of the year the going concerns of Baldini Adriatica Pesca (January) and Minerva (February) were acquired.

2010: In February the national convention of the MARR Group sales organization took place in Riccione (RN), with over 700 sales agents and sales managers taking part. Numerous innovative proposals for private label products were presented on this occasion, including a line of gluten free products.
June 21 marked the fifth anniversary of the listing of the STAR segment on the Italian Stock Exchange. In five years the Group increased its total takings from 795 million euros in 2004 to 1,138 million euros in 2009, and a net profit of 22.4 million euros in 2004 increased to 38.5 million euros at the end of 2009.

2012: MARR celebrates its 40th anniversary.
The contracts for the leasing of the going concern of Lelli Lino e figli srl (“Lelli”) and the leasing of the relevant buildings, located in Anzola dell’Emilia (Bologna), where the distribution of food products to the foodservice sector and Cash and Carry acticities are carried out, entered into force on 3 September. Lelli carries out its business activities in a recently built facility of over 8,000 m2, that also includes a modern Cash and Carry, offering a wide range of products.

2013: On 23 February 2013, the contract for the lease of the Scapa Italia S.p.A. (“Scapa”) going concern took effect, through which MARR took over the management of the distribution centres in Marzano (Pavia) and Pomezia (Rome), two large, modern and optimally located structures. The centre in Marzano (opened in 2009) has a total surface area of 22,000 m2, of which 11,700 are at controlled temperature, while the warehouse in Pomezia has a surface area of 11,000 m2, of which 4,800 are at controlled temperature.
MARR will concentrate the logistical and distribution activities of this National Account clientele (operators in Canteens and Chains and Groups) at these two structures, further rationalising the activities dedicated to the Street Market segment carried out at its other distribution centres.
activities dedicated to the Street Market segment carried out at its other distribution centres. The Scapa operation will also enable MARR to access a significant portfolio of clients in the Canteens segment (in which Scapa was positioned as a primary operator with major international clients) and that of Chains and Groups, thus strengthening its leadership.