To all those who have been offended, including the thousands of employees and partners who work with Barilla around the world, I apologize for and regret my insensitive comments. I understand that they were hurtful and they are not a genuine view of my opinion.
To clarify, I would like to point out that:
- I have the utmost respect for anyone, without distinction of any kind.
- I have the utmost respect for gay people and for everyone’s right to express themselves.
- I have the utmost respect for all loving marriages and families.
At Barilla, we consider it our mission to treat our consumers and partners as our neighbors – with love and respect – and to deliver the very best products possible.
We take this responsibility seriously and consider it a core part of who we are as a family-owned company.
While I cannot undo recent remarks, I can apologize.
To all friends, family, employees and partners that I have hurt or offended, I am deeply sorry.