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PIZZA, A 15 BILLION-EURO BUSINESS FOR ITALY

14/10/2019

  With an estimated turnover of 15 billion euros per year, pizza confirms its reputation as a Made in Italy goldmine. The data recorded by Coldiretti – Italian federation of independent farmers – confirms the growth trend of one of the pillars of the Mediterranean diet. Pizza has established itself as one of the most versatile dishes in Italian cuisine, and the cornerstone of an economic system including 128,000 pizzerias nationwide. Its growth supports the employment of 110,000 full-time staff, and the same number of part-time weekend staff. “Passion for pizza is a global matter”, states a Coldiretti memo, “with…

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THE 2019 HARVEST IN ITALY

27/09/2019

  Compared to the record level achieved in 2018, a 16% fall in Italian production is expected in 2019, amounting to an estimated 46 million-hectolitre deficit. In spite of this, Italy is set to maintain its world leadership once again. These are the predictions of the Osservatorio del Vino (wine observatory) presented in Rome at the Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry, and Tourism Policies. For the first time ever, Assoenologi (national association of oenologists), ISMEA (institute for food and agricultural market services), and UIV (Italian wine organization) have joined forces and skills to provide the data. More specifically, the 2019…

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ITALIAN FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL MARKET ON THE RISE

26/08/2019

  Following the year 2017, penalized by the unfavourable weather trends, in 2018 Italian agriculture has regained a positive role in contributing to the national economy (+0.9%): this is what emerges from the 2018 report drafted by ISMEA (the Italian institute for food and agricultural market services). Employment in the sector has also grown in 2018 (+0.6% compared to 2017), as a result of a 1.6% increase in employees and a slight decrease in freelance workers. The number of agricultural businesses registered in the Italian Company Register has slightly fallen – about 750,000 as at the end of 2018 –…

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TOO GOOD TO GO, AN APP TO FIGHT FOOD WASTE

25/07/2019

  It was born in Denmark in 2016 and has just landed in Italy. We’re talking about Too Good To Go, the app that allows cafés, restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, supermarkets, and hotels to sell –  at a discounted price – food that is ‘too good to go’, thus allowing consumers to take a tangible (and convenient) action against food waste. Launched in March 2019, today Too Good To Go Italia – available in Milan, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Verona, and Genoa – boasts 150,000 users. Across Europe the app is already present in 12 countries, with a total of 10…

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EXPLORING THE WORLD OF ITALIAN ONIONS

15/07/2019

  Whether red, white, flat, mild or pungent, onions are one of the staples of the Mediterranean diet. Scientifically known as allium cepa, onions are a bulb full of mineral salts and vitamins that, raw or cooked, produce unmistakable fragrances and flavours. There are a host of native Italian varieties that are essential ingredients in the most well-known dishes. Every area has its own cultivar boasting unique characteristics. Let’s explore the most important of these: The Acquaviva red onion: a variety from Puglia, it has a large, flat shape and a purplish colour, though the flesh inside is white. It…

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ITALY: BOOM OF THE CRAFT BEER

29/04/2019

  Italians drink beer more and more frequently, and above all, they regularly choose beer produced in Italy, giving life to a trend that is revolutionizing the market. It is craft beer that is growing in particular, to the detriment of industrial beers. The data collected by Unionbirrai – the organization of Italian microbreweries – highlights, over the 2015-17 triennium, a shocking 55% increase in the number of breweries – from 649 to 1,008 – and a 16% increase in employment – from 7,893 to 9,126 employees, many of whom under 35 years. Medium-term predictions are equally positive: a 10%…

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GRAPPA: the 100% ITALIAN SPIRIT

11/04/2019

  For decades, grappa has been little more than a form of pocket heating for farmers in Northern Italy. The ‘cool’ Italians and most foreigners disdained it”, wrote R.W. Apple Jr. on the New York Times in 1997. Things have changed a lot since then. Today, the grappa market is quite solid indeed. In 2017 the top-10 Italian companies achieved a total turnover of 211 million euros, with an average growth by 6% compared to 2016. But let’s take it from the top. What exactly is grappa? Grappa is the par excellence national spirit, 100% Italian in terms of historic…

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SWEET HISTORY OF ITALY, THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BISCUIT

27/03/2019

  The French brag about creating the legendary Macarons – little sweets made of 2 domes of meringue and a heart of ganache cream – yet it takes no other than an etymology research to set things straight. It was Caterina de’ Medici who, in 1553, offered the famous pastry at her wedding with the Duke of Orléans, no less than four centuries before the claimed birth of Ladurée, the most famous pastry shop in Paris. Thus, Italy is the birthplace of the biscuit. Every since the Roman ages, when slices of bread cooked twice – “bis-cooked” – in the…

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THE ITALIAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN AT CIBUS 2019

07/03/2019

  Once again, Cibus returns to Parma in 2019, in its ‘Connect’ version. The rendezvous is set for Wednesday April 10th and Thursday April 11th; two strictly professional exhibition dates organized by Fiere di Parma (the Parma exhibition organization) and Federalimentare (the Italian food industry federation), in cooperation with ICE Agenzia (the national institute for foreign trade). Compared to the previous edition, Cibus Connect tripled its number of exhibitors and exhibition space upon adding a brand-new pavilion. Conferences will be an essential part of the event, with a handpicked selection of appointments. The schedule will kick off with a sector analysis…

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ITALY’S BEST WINES

28/01/2019

  Sassicaia has finally taken its place on the throne fifty years on from its foundation. It was voted best wine of the year by the international BIWA (Best Italian Wine Awards) jury which has set up a list of the fifty best Italian bottles. The winning vintage – currently on sale – is 2015, the Super Tuscan described by wine critic Luigi Veronelli as “ecstasy for the mind”. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, Sassicaia was first produced in Tenuta di San Guido di Bolgheri, in Tuscany. Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta is the marquis gentleman in…

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FRANCIACORTA

14/12/2018

  The sparkling wine born just over 50 years ago on the hillside around Lake Iseo (Brescia) is the result of the project by a group of 11 pioneers, who – in the postwar period – began experimenting wine production using the champagne-making technique. The name derives from Franzacurta, a toponym mentioned in 1277, referring to the monasteries founded by the Cluniac order, which were exempt (in Latin, francae) from payment of the tithe owed to the bishop on goods being delivered to the city of Brescia. Franciacorta is obtained by means of bottle refermentation and disgorging techniques. Its base…

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THE MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT BUSINESS IN ITALY

26/10/2018

  In 2018 Massimo Bottura and his Osteria Francescana claimed first place in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking. The restaurant in Modena is one of 8 Italian restaurants boasting the three Michelin stars. 41 Italian restaurants earned two stars, and 306 earned one. But what is the benefit of being awarded by the French guide in terms of turnover? According to research by JFC, in 2017 the total turnover for Italian starred restaurants was about 400 million euros, with a 10.3% increase compared to 2016. JFC has calculated that in 2017 Italian restaurants awarded by the Michelin guide have…

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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.

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