In 1979 Felice Nespoli moves from Seregno to Saronno opening a shop for the sale of tripe and beans.
Towards the end of the 1940's Francesco, son of Felice, starts working with his father. He collects bones and fat with his truck from public slaughterhouses and delivers them to soap factories together with dirty tripe for internal production.
Until the beginning of the 1950's Felice treats the tripe in the public slaughterhouse in Saronno and then resells it in his shop.
Half way through the 1950's the Nespoli family moves the production of bovine offal to a warehouse in via Roma in Saronno, creating the Nespoli s.n.c.
Around the end of the 1960's Francesco Nespoli starts a partnership with Angelo Zerbi, owner of the Lombarda Alimentari and previous owner of Manzotin. This collaboration brings the two entrepreneurs to merge the two companies.
On the 24th of July 1970 Francesco Nespoli and Mario Zerbi, son of Angelo, create the "Società Italiana Lavorazione Carni e Affini s.n.c.", commonly known as S.I.L.C.A., by merging Nespoli s.n.c. and Lombarda Alimentari, whose headquarters are still found in via Varese 2/a in Saronno. The main activity of the company is the production and trade of bovine offal from South America.
Towards the end of 1970s S.I.LC.A. starts a partnership with italian company “SURGELA” regarding the production of frozen ready-cooked meals. The recipes for these meals were created by the famous starred chef Gualtiero Marchesi. Of these products we remember "squids with peas" , "salmì hare" , "savoury rice with sausage and peas", "salami with lentils" and "ready-made tripe". During these years the company starts dealing with other products than bovine, such as sheep, pigs, chicken, rabbits and fish.
In 1978 S.I.L.C.A. becomes a limited company (s.p.a.) and Giorgio Nespoli, son of Francesco, enters the company.
Nel 1979, Francesco subscribes with Argentinian company “SUTECO”, a contract for the control of the quality of products coming from the southern American continent, thus creating a large network of contacts and relationships with producers and exporters from various countries.
In 1984, Felice Nespoli, the youngest of the family, enters the company. Half way through the 1980s S.I.L.C.A. S.p.A. enters the catering industry by distributing food products to restaurants, canteens and communities. The food distributed includes bovine, pig, sheep, rabbit, chicken and fish products.
In 1990 Mario Zerbi leaves the company passing his shares of S.I.L.C.A. s.p.a. to Giorgio and Felice Nespoli.
During the 1990s S.I.L.C.A. continues the usual job of the previous years but also expanding its business towards other branches such as sales.
At the start of 2000 the food branch records a drop in consumes of bovine products. The years 2001 and 2006, with the arrival of BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalophaty), commonly known as “mad cow”, marks for S.I.L.C.A. S.p.A. an involution in the production of bovine products like tripe and the beginning of a radical company transformation.
In 2007 S.I.L.C.A. starts importing fresh bovine meat from South America and exporting refined cuts of bovine in the European market. In this context, the partnership of S.I.L.C.A. with Pasquale Pandiscia, manager of “Handelsgruppe Köln Bonn GmbH”, gave the necessary incentive so that the company could efficiently enter the German market. Envisioning this in 2004 the company had registered the “Royal Beef” brand which has since been marking the high quality of the meat imported and sold by S.I.L.C.A.
In 2008 the company stops the catering distribution.
Starting in 2010 S.I.L.C.A. expands considerably its sales branch. Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, New Zealand, Australia and the majority of countries in the European community are nowadays among the major exporters the company considers for the import of food products.
Today S.I.L.C.A. S.p.A. continues the traditional production and treatment of bovine offal even if the company's core business is slowly shifting to the sales branch. This has allowed a strong increase in the company's turnover, making S.I.L.C.A. one of the most important importers of food products in Italy and in the European community.