Roberto Ranieri

Roberto Ranieri


Roberto Ranieri is the owner and Managing Director of Open Fields. He graduated in Agricultural Sciences at Bologna University, Italy. In the early 90s he worked as Associate Scientist at CIMMYT (Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo), Mexico. In 1993, he received a Master of Science at the Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. In 1993, he joined Barilla and began working as manager in the R&D department. For Barilla he organized strategic research projects that led to the release of three high-quality varieties of durum wheat (“Svevo”, “Normanno”, “Aureo”) and one high processing tomato hybrid (“Scarpariello”), which became significant pieces of the cultivation contracts of the Barilla supply chain strategy and eight International patents (currently, the “Aureo” variety is mentioned on the Voiello pasta packaging). The main patent (debranning system for durum wheat milling as well as the whole grain pasta), with others among the eight obtained, was industrialized by Barilla. Ranieri has been responsible for a number of major research projects funded at national and European level. In 2005, he was appointed director of CORIAL (Food Research Consortium of Barilla in Foggia). From 1998 to 2010, he was an advisor of Italmopa (Association of Italian millers), and from 2005 to 2010 board member of the European research project HEALTHGRAIN. In 2010 he founded Open Fields Ltd. Since 2014 he is member of the Italian National Academy of Agriculture. In 2020 he became chairman of the STUARD demonstration farm (Parma, Italy).