Innovation Trends

Innovation Trends, Technology

INNOVATIONS IN FOOD PACKAGING

24/05/2021 INNOVATIONS IN FOOD PACKAGING

Food packaging is a global industry that has experienced a constant growth in recent years: plus 6.8% in value terms since 2013, a figure that confirms packaging as an essential element in modern trade. Due to the growing interest that consumers are showing in fresh products with extended shelf life, the biggest challenge that the food packaging industry is currently facing concerns continuous innovation in concepts and technology to satisfy and somewhat anticipate their needs. Starting from the visual appeal that significantly influences the consumers’ choices, one of the most interesting innovations is vacuum skin packaging. With its clear, attractive…

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Logistics and supply, Technology

FROZEN FOOD IS A HEALTHY AND WASTE-CONSCIOUS CHOICE

12/04/2021 FROZEN FOOD IS A HEALTHY AND WASTE-CONSCIOUS CHOICE

Frozen food has earned a negative reputation over the years for being highly processed and less nutritious than fresh food. You may be surprised to learn that this is far from the truth. Frozen food can be just as healthy, if not healthier, than its fresh counterpart: it all depends on how quickly and efficiently the food has been frozen and also on how professionally the supply chain has been managed before that frozen food reaches our kitchens. Freezing food to avoid spoilage is a practice that has been popular since 3000 BC when the ancient Chinese used ice cellars…

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Innovation Trends, Technology

FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES

22/03/2021 FOOD PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES

The COVID‐19 pandemic significantly disrupted the food supply chain: think of all the food normally going to restaurants that had to be diverted to other outlets to avoid its waste or all those gaps in the supermarket shelves due to the absence of common items whose availability has always been taken for granted. In this context, having a system in place that allowed distributors to extend the shelf life of foods proved to be essential: it was not just about being able to meet the unforeseeable peaks and falls in demand but also - and above all - about preserving…

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Innovation Trends, Technology

OUR ADVANCED COLD CHAIN

22/02/2021 OUR ADVANCED COLD CHAIN

As governments all over the world began the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine, cold chain management has emerged as a crucial factor for ensuring the effectiveness of the vaccine itself. An efficient management of the vaccine cold chain requires several degrees of coordination among multiple stakeholders such as - just to name a few - pharmaceutical manufacturers, specialized laboratories for storage and logistics providers who can ensure climate-controlled transportation and distribution. Even if for a completely different range of products, this process is not dissimilar to the one we experience on a daily basis in our business. The cold chain and…

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Logistics and supply

INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS SOLUTION: GROUPAGE SHIPMENTS

29/01/2021 INTELLIGENT LOGISTICS SOLUTION: GROUPAGE SHIPMENTS

Since our core business is the export of high quality Italian food all over the world, a well-functioning supply chain has always been essential to us. As if to say, there is no excellence without a timely delivery. This is the reason why, for the past twenty years, we have always improved our logistics management with the intent of constantly ensuring a perfect service. Many years ago we introduced in our range of services the sea freight groupage shipment: we chose it because it is a cost-effective, eco-friendly way of transporting goods and at the same time it allowed us…

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Technology

CLEAN ENERGY FROM WINE PROCESSING WASTE

17/12/2019

  Is it possible to generate clean energy from wine processing waste? Today, it is indeed. The innovation is a result of the partnership between Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Serena Wines 1881 – among the top-5 Italian producers of prosecco – which teamed up in a biennial research project based upon a joint patent. Ca’ Foscari President Michele Bugliesi and the Director of the Conegliano (Treviso)-based company, Giorgio Serena, have signed an agreement for the in-lab development of new generation PV cells that will exploit the natural dyes of the lees – the waste product of winemaking and…

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Innovation Trends

WINE GROWS ON INSTAGRAM

17/09/2019

  2018 saw a 71% increase in wine followers on Instagram. Such result – recorded by Omnicom Pr Group Italia by surveying the top-25 Italian wine makers in terms of income (source: Mediobanca) – highlights how Instagram is the most active social network in the wine world: 17 of the 25 companies – as opposed to 15 in 2018 – have an official page. While Facebook is the main network in terms of the number of profiles – 21 of 25 companies – Instagram is on the rise in terms of users. YouTube and Twitter – on the other hand…

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Innovation Trends

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY AND AGRICULTURE IN ST. PETERSBURG

29/11/2018

  St. Isaac’s Square, St. Petersburg: a baroque construction towers before the statue of Czar Alexander II. This building hosts the institute dedicated to Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov (1887-1943), one of the most remarkable personalities in modern science. A geneticist, botanist, and agronomist, Vavilov was one of the most brilliant minds in the first half of the 1900s. He conducted numerous studies concerning the origin of cultivated plants and collected an enormous quantity of seeds, all meticulously classified and recorded at the Institute of Applied Botany, currently named after him: the Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry. One can say that…

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Innovation Trends

FROZEN FOOD IS AS GOOD AS FRESH

14/11/2018

  Despite it has existed for over a century, a large number of consumers are still somewhat sceptical towards frozen food. It is a common belief that fresh products are of a higher quality, and especially that they have more vitamins and nutrients compared to those exposed to temperatures lower than -18°C (-0.4°F). In reality, a number of scientific reports have proven that there are no significant differences between fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit, and even hint that a number of greens are stored better when frozen. Most fruits and vegetables have a water content between 70 and 90%,…

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Innovation Trends

THE EVOLUTION OF THE RISOTTO, IN THE NAME OF LIGHTNESS

12/09/2018

  The risotto culture had birth in Italy in the mid-19th century. In Northern Italy, to be specific: Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna. After nearly 170 years, the risotto is one of the most representative dishes of our country around the world, hand in hand with pasta and pizza.   Italian grandmothers and great-grandmothers, as well as traditional recipe books, passed on the custom to start its preparation by browning onion in butter and olive oil, add rice, sizzle it and simmer it with white wine, and at last gradually add the warm stock. Christian Costardi, a young chef who…

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Innovation Trends, Market

THE FOOD PRODUCTION INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION: DELOITTE CHOOSES ALIFOOD

02/01/2018

  At a time when the food production industry is going from strength to strength in Italy (it accounted for 11.3% of the country’s GDP in 2016, second only to the steel industry), it is now time for operators to consolidate this positive trend by applying the principles of innovation on products and processes. Deloitte, one of the most prestigious corporate consultancy firms in the world, has dedicated a book entitled Il Settore Alimentare: l’Innovazione nei Paradigmi (‘The Food Industry: Innovating Models’) to the exemplary cases driving such innovation. The innovation that Deloitte proposes is not just technology or product…

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Innovation Trends

HOSPITALITY: A LUCRATIVE RESOURCE FOR MADE IN ITALY FOOD & BEVERAGE

01/12/2017

  More than any other Made in Italy speciality, food & beverage is the one that most attracts international enogastronomy dealers and tourists to visit the places of production. Many wine cellars and agricultural business are already prepared, while others are organising themselves, for what is considered an important strategic incentive in their relationship with the public. The marketing of hospitality is a vital point of growth for Italian food & beverage producers, especially from the value point of view. Some real opportunities for “experience” have been created: visits to the agricultural company, products tastings, all organised to reveal the…

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About Alifood

About Alifood

We strongly believe that everything we plan and do should create value, for both our clients and suppliers. We do not see ourselves as mere food traders.

The sale of the products we select is just the last step of a complex, structured process that is based on strong business relationships and, in many cases, real partnerships. Our job is made of several functions: sourcing the right product, selecting a reliable producer, managing the entire logistics chain, providing all the necessary documentation and certifications and following up all the after-sale requirements besides consulting and tutoring on how to best use each single product. We do all this because we strongly believe that everything we plan and do should create value, for both our clients and suppliers. Our familiarity with the Italian food an agricultural industry, developed over the last twenty years, gives us the ability to efficiently deal with all the diverse needs pertaining to different markets.

Thanks to our experienced, professional and multilingual global working team, matching international demand and local supply is what we do best.

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