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Meet the Founders

Meet the Makers: the Ferrua family of Galup

Meet the Makers: the Ferrua family of Galup

In the heart of Italy, where culinary traditions are woven into the fabric of daily life, one sweet delicacy stands out, capturing the essence of festive celebrations – the Galup panettone. This delectable creation, with its rich history and irresistible flavor, has become a symbol of holiday joy and a testament to the craftsmanship of its founding family.

The story begins in 1922 when visionary baker Pietro Ferrua opened a small bakery in Turin, Italy. Turin, known for architectural wonders and culinary prowess in equal measure, provided the perfect backdrop for the birth of a culinary legend. Coupled with the dedication of Regina Ferrua, Pietro’s passion laid the foundation for what would eventually become the celebrated Galup panettone.

man making bread

The journey to creating the perfect panettone was not without its challenges. Panettone, a traditional Italian Christmas bread, required a meticulous and time-consuming process. The dough is a delicate blend of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter, enriched with candied fruits and nuts. The secret lies in the slow fermentation, which allows the flavors to meld and the dough to rise naturally, resulting in the light and fluffy texture that defines an authentic panettone. 

The Ferruas experimented with various techniques while using the same mother yeast for the softest dough possible. Eventually, Pietro’s dedication to perfection paid off as the family bakery became a holiday season destination.

As the years passed, the Ferrua family continued to refine and elevate their panettone, passing down the closely guarded recipes and techniques from one generation to the next. Each family member contributed to the legacy, infusing the traditional recipe with a blend of innovation and reverence for tradition.

galup holiday style packaging

The turning point for Galup came in the mid-20th century when the family decided to expand its reach and scale production. While keeping the same commitment to quality and authenticity, Galup became a household name synonymous with Italy’s famed holiday treat.       

Today, the Galup panettone is known worldwide for its iconic logo, impeccable standards, and exceptional taste. Much has changed over the last century, but Galup’s core approach has not wavered. To this day, their panettones are made with the very same mother yeast they started with in 1922, fine-ground type-0 wheat flour, farm fresh egg yolks, aromatic tonda gentile hazelnuts, and more authentic Italian ingredients.

The end result? A perfect dessert to delight everyone at your holiday table. 

Meet the Founder