Bernam – with headquarters in Carpi, branches in Spain and Poland, associates throughout Europe – is a “scouting” agency for food- stuffs and organic ingredients: not a production or distribution company, but a partner able to provide detailed advice on the provenance, characteristics and quality of any organically certi ed food product. A specialist broker for the sector, which operates exclusively at brokerage level. “I was born a manager and I’m also an agronomist – says Maurizio Bernaroli, the founder of the company -. When I started working, the organic sector was still in its infancy and it was dif cult to nd organic products: today it is easier, but we have to be sure that they are really what they say they are”. Over the last decade, the company has achieved remarkable European growth, with 50% of the turnover coming from abroad (the Spanish branch is managed by his son Vittorio) and today serves a group of about 400 companies- “from crop rotation in the field to the food on the table, from the raw material to the nished product”, underlines Bernaroli. Bernam also employs a group of 14 young but already very experienced collaborators. For the future M.Bernaroli is looking at horizontal development: two new companies set to operate in the same sector, but each with a different perspective. “One will focus on insect farming for livestock production; the other will have the aim of launching Italian specialities into the markets of Eastern Europe and Asia”.