Three months after the arrival of a new partner from Italy and another one from Spain, the Italian-based retail joint venture between Optotrades and Free Optik known as F&O gets another new Italian partner, taking the total number of affiliated outlets to 700. The new member is Altolivello, another buying group with 35 optical retail outlets in Italy, mainly in the Apulia region. Its chairman, Roberto Giampaolo, has joined F&0's executive team. F&O is now the second largest buying group in the eyewear sector in Italy, after Vision Service with its 791 outlets. It boasts an annual sell-in of €50 million. The presence of the Spanish group, Pro Vision, is evidence of the group's ambition to go beyond its Italian identity. Contacts are being made in other countries of Continental Europe.