Press Release

March 07, 2018

Gucci tops BrandZ™ Top 30 Most Valuable Italian Brands 2018 Ranking

Gucci leads the first BrandZTM Top 30 Most Valuable Italian 2018 Brands ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. It is one of the seven luxury brands to feature in this ground-breaking study, which tracks and addresses the changing environment for brands in Italy and charts the fortunes of the country’s most successful brands.

Gucci tops the ranking with a brand value of $16.3 billion, followed by telecom provider brand TIM at $9.3 billion and energy company Enel in third place at $7.4 billion. Coming in at number four is food and dairy brand Kinder at $6.9 billion, with Prada taking the final spot in the Top 5 at $4.0 billion.

“Italian engineering, design and creativity are powering world-class Italian brands, both young and old,” says David Roth, CEO EMEA and Asia, The Store WPP. “The BrandZTM Italian Top 30 reflects Italy’s tradition of businesses built by craftspeople and experts with great vision and determination; whether it’s applied to everyday items such as Barilla pasta, the finest clothes and accessories, or the quality engineering needed to create the latest Ferrari or a new yacht.”

There are seven leading luxury brands in the Italian Top 30. Together, Gucci, Prada, Armani, Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Fendi and Ferragamo contribute $28.9 billion to the total brand value of the ranking. Within the automotive industry, Ferrari revs ahead with its brand representation of performance driving. The concentration of premium brands is in contrast with Spain’s focus on affordable fashion and Germany’s concentration on technology and engineering.

“Italy’s skill at developing premium luxury brands lends the ranking a distinctive feel, but the country has many more strong names in sectors that are less celebrated, from Oil & Gas to Financial Services to Cruise operators” says Massimo Costa, WPP Italy Country Manager.

Food and dairy brands are the next dominant category, making up 15% of total brand value at $13.1 billion. Amongst the six brands ranked, three were from the Ferrero Group, namely Kinder, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher. The total value of the brands in the BrandZ Top 30 is $85.3 billion.

Italian brands are typically rated very Healthy, meaning they score highly across the five brand indicators of Health, which comprises Purpose, Innovation, Communications, Experience and Love. Brands in the BrandZ Italy Top 30 scored particularly well for Purpose and Communications. However, as with other European markets, innovation is a challenge that brands need to act upon. Only 17% of the BrandZTM Italy Top 30 are perceived as Innovative by consumers. Innovation, when value is created in new and different ways, is one of the hardest measures to build but the one that creates the most value. On average, Italian brands that are perceived as Innovative are nearly twice as valuable versus others, with an average brand value of $3.4 billion versus $1.8 billion.  

The BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Italian Brands 2018

Rank 2018 Brand Category Brand value 2018 ($M)
1 Gucci Luxury 16,273
2 TIM Telecom Providers 9,259
3 Enel Energy 7,355
4 Kinder Food & Dairy 6,904
5 Prada Luxury 4,082
6 Ferrari Cars 3,488
7 Eni Oil & Gas 3,131
8 Nutella Food & Dairy 2,840
9 Generali Insurance 2,526
10 Armani Luxury 2,460
11 Ferrero Rocher Food & Dairy 2,372
12 Intesa Sanpaolo Banks 2,210
13 Bottega Veneta Luxury 1,948
14 Costa Cruises Cruises 1,877
15 UniCredit Banks 1,869

“While Italian brands are some of the best in the world at communicating their message to consumers, there is an area in which they may improve: they are still not perceived as Innovative and Creative. To build stronger brands and generate value and growth, Innovation is an important driver. Game changers are shaking things up and always coming up with new ways to promote their brands’ experiences” says Federico Capeci, Chief Digital Officer & CEO Italy, Kantar, Insights Division.

Key trends highlighted in the BrandZ Italian Top 30 study include:

  • Brands with purpose. Buyers of everything from coffee to couture now expect goods that are produced in an ethical, socially and environmentally responsible way and brands have responded. Italian brands are amongst the most Purposeful in Europe and even globally, significantly outperforming brands in Spain and the UK. For Purpose, Italy is ranked 4th – outpaced only by the BrandZ Top 30 Global, USA and Germany rankings.
  • The power of ‘Brand Italy’. Italian products are highly regarded around the world, particularly when linked to food, wine and fashion. Italian brands that want to leverage this reputation will need to think not just about how to promote their Italian heritage, but also how to establish their authenticity.
  • Adapting to new markets. Some Italian brands have mastered the art of staying true to their beliefs while also adapting for export. Bakery brand Corsini, founded in Tuscany in 1921, for example, makes oversized cantuccini biscuits for Starbucks to go with coffee chain’s extra-large coffee servings.

The BrandZ Italian Top 30 report also includes new research from Y&R’s BAV Group in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and the Wharton School, which examines what it takes to build powerful nation brands. According to BAV Group’s 2018 Best Countries report, Italy ranks 15th out of 80 major markets around the world across all measures. it also ranks highly on being connected to the rest of the world, having an educated population, being safe, and promoting gender equality. These attributes contribute to “soft power” – an increasingly important source of international influence that helps build positive consumer attitudes towards Italian brands.

The BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable Italian Brands report and ranking and extensive analysis are available online here. The reports, rankings, charts, articles and more can also be accessed through the BrandZ app, which is free to download for Apple IOS and all Android devices from or by searching for BrandZ in the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

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