Il Fondatore

The History

Il Fondatore

The Founder

A.L.B S.p.A. and Smeraldina brand were established in 1985, and are the outcome of a brilliant entrepreneur's long experience. Giovanni Maria Solinas, born in 1926, was still a kid when he started profitably selling home-made soft drinks. And in 1955, with his wife, he created and produced his first real brand: Plubium.

The Solinas family

Experience, passion for his work, deep respect for the precious water, for consumers and employees are some of the many values the founder, Giovanni Maria Solinas, has handed down to his five sons, Mauro, Riccardo, Marco, Nicola and Antonio. These values, along with an innovative managerial orientation, make A.L.B S.p.A. Today a model for efficiency and excellence.


  • 1985

    Smeraldina trademark is registered and printed for the first time on 1 LT tetra pak packages.

  • 1990

    1.5 PET bottle is launched and the line completed with other formats. The Glass line is also launched.

  • 2002

    Creation of the new 0.75 LT glass bottle customized that features emerald facets.

  • 2005

    0.25 lt. PET format is launched. Smeraldina Corporation is established in New York. Sales in Denmark get started.

  • 2006

    First glass bottle Christmas special edition. First historical Club Smeraldina collection. Distribution started in the USA, Belgium and Switzerland.

  • 2007

    Smeraldina is also drunk in London.

  • 2009

    0.75 lt line glass format was born. New 1.5-liter PET bottle. Smeraldina arrives to China and a collaboration with a Paris-based client gets started.

  • 2010

    Sales in Hong Kong and Singapore are started. Smeraldina is also sold in Australia. A collaboration with Illy Caffè, which involves integrating Acqua Smeraldina in several Illy Espressamente stores in London and Paris, gets started.

  • 2011

    0.5 liters Tetra Pak Prism packaging is launched (the only manufacturer in Italy). Innovative PET 3x3 0.5 lt packaging is created.

  • 2012

    Smeraldina sponsors the Internazionali d'Italia, the prestigious tennis tournament in Rome, making its entry into the capital. A slightly sparkling Smeraldina water is created and launched in Rome.

  • 2013

    Smeraldina is present in 63 Conad stores in Rome and throughout Lazio. First soft drinks created for the American market. First Smeraldina instant win contest.

  • 2014

    Smeraldina is present in 38 Esselunga stores. New PET 0.75 lt format, Smeraldina Sport Cap launched. Distribution in Saudi Arabia. US presence gets strengthened.

  • 2015

    Distribution in Spain gets started. Smeraldina is featured in some Famila stores in Veneto. "Sempre Frizzante” innovative bottle created.

  • 2016

    Entry in Bulgarian and Ukrainian markets.

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