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Easter Lunch in Italy: Special Menu for Your Italian Easter

24/03/2016 Italian easter menu

Easter is the most important religious event for Catholic people – together with Christmas – and it is also the celebration of the end of winter and nature’s rebirth. In Italy, Easter Sunday is a national event, but also the Monday after is a holiday called Little Easter or Angel’s Monday. If for Easter Sunday Italians eat at home or at a restaurants with their relatives, in Angel’s Monday they usually go out for a picnic with friends to enjoy the first days of Spring. (more…)

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Food trends

PANETTONE WINS THE EXPORT RACE

22/12/2023

Just two years ago, more or less in the same weeks of December, we tried to explain the ultimate debate between Panettone and Pandoro, the two most loved Christmas puddings in Italy.  Although the traditional discussion is still ongoing in Italy and fans of one or the other often end up in heated arguments over which of them tastes better, the most recent figures about their export tell a story with just one main protagonist.  The export of Italian panettone and pandoro is worth approximately EUR 500 million. Last year it registered a double-digit growth in European countries such as…

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Gourmet food

ITALIAN SOTTACETI AND SOTTOLI

05/10/2023

Italy is renowned for its rich culinary heritage, boasting an array of delicious dishes and ingredients that have captivated food enthusiasts around the world. Among the lesser-known treasures of Italian gastronomy are sottaceti and sottoli, preserved vegetables that have been cherished for generations. Sottaceti are pickled vegetables that capture the essence of seasonal produce. Italians have been pickling vegetables for centuries as a means of preserving their harvests for the colder months. The most common vegetables used in sottaceti include cucumbers, bell peppers, onions and cauliflower. These vegetables are submerged in a brine solution containing vinegar, water, salt and aromatic…

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Gourmet food

UNLEAVENED BREAD, A SHARED TRADITION

22/08/2023 UNLEAVENED BREAD: A SHARED TRADITION

Bread, in Italy, is as popular as pasta and pizza. It is the first thing that gets served in restaurants, without even asking for it. We eat bread together with almost any dish except pasta, rice and - of course - dessert, but when a delicious layer of sauce remains on the plate, we can’t help but making scarpetta, that is using a piece of bread to collect it and enjoy it. Even though more than 250 different types of bread are baked all over the country, including regional varieties, not many people know that unleavened bread is the most…

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PLEASE MEET OUR TEAM: OUR LOGISTICS SPECIALIST

24/01/2022

The most recent addition to our team of highly skilled professionals is a new Logistics Specialist, Sofia Baretto. She joined our company last November and, despite having been with us for only a couple of months, she has already shown a great ability in dealing with the hectic pace of our job. Her degree in Translation and Interpreting makes Sofia fluent in both English and Russian; she also has an intermediate knowledge of French and Spanish and she knows the basics of Chinese and Latvian. Her remarkable language skills - paired with her Master’s degree in Economy and Languages of…

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Food trends, Market

THE UNSTOPPABLE PRICE INCREASE OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

17/01/2022

Last November and December the market registered yet another rise – the third in the past six months – in agricultural prices. It was a +5.1% month-on-month, stronger than October’s 2.5% increase which was largely due to higher prices for many commodities and especially, among the others for wheat and coffee, as ongoing weather concerns in major-producing areas ( such Brazil, Canada and Eastern Europe) continued to hinder the supply scenario amid rising demand. On a larger scale, last September the FAO Food Price Index reported a staggering +23.1% of global food prices compared with December 2020 (for 2021 as…

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Food trends, Gourmet food

THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN DESSERTS: SOME SWEET CURIOSITIES

02/08/2021 THE MOST FAMOUS ITALIAN DESSERTS: SOME SWEET CURIOSITIES

The famous “dessert stomach” was probably invented in Italy because, never mind the three savory courses that form a standard Italian meal, many are the traditional sweet foods that we indulge in at the end of a friendly session around the table. Starting from the most famous of all Italian desserts, Tiramisù , it is interesting to know that, back in the 19th century, this powerful, coffee-flavored sponge cake used to be allegedly served as a “tonic” to the customers of a local brothel in Treviso. If this were true, it would not come to a surprise then that its other…

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Market

ITALIAN GELATO: THE WORLD LEADER

16/03/2020

  With a turnover of more than 16 billion euros, crisis is an unknown word to the leadership of Italian handmade gelato. A supply chain that includes the producers of raw ingredients and semi-finished goods, machine manufacturers, and finally the finished product prepared and served by the master ice-cream makers, with Made in Italy on top of the world at all such stages. An estimated 100,000 ice cream parlours exist worldwide, and the business continues to grow by 5% every year. Italy is the undisputed home of handmade gelato and the world’s greatest consumer. It boasts 19,000 production and sales…

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Food trends

THE RECIPES ITALIANS SEARCHED FOR MOST ON GOOGLE IN 2019

14/02/2020

  As in the past, recipes were one of the most searched-for subjects by Italians on search engines in 2019. Google has published the league table of the most popular and two traditional Italian desserts are jostling for first place on the list of Top Ten. Surprisingly, Neapolitan pastiera, a traditional Easter dessert from Naples, is at number one. It’s a shortcrust pastry pie filled with a mixture of ricotta, candied fruit, sugar, egg and wheat grain boiled in milk. Another dessert comes second, one of the most well-loved sweets in Italy and abroad: the legendary tiramisù. The recipe people…

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Regions of Italy

A FOOD AND WINE JOURNEY THROUGH APULIA

03/12/2019

  Thanks to its mix of Eastern and Western culture, its beaches washed by a turquoise sea, its white villages and cities of art and culture, it seduces travellers year-round: we are talking about Apulia, Italy’s easternmost region boasting the longest coastline in the country. From the mountainous peaks of the Gargano area to the Tavoliere delle Puglie plain, the region stands out for the food and wine specialties that have made a name for themselves beyond national borders, becoming globally-recognized symbols of excellence. Here’s how to taste a bit of Apulia in 3 stops.   The Gargano Starting from…

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Food trends

TRENDS: FOOD & BEVERAGE IN 2018

15/02/2018

  What wonders does the food & beverage industry have in store for us in 2018? For the past few years, the Waitrose and Whole Foods supermarket chains have been laying down the law, anticipating the food trends that will sweep the world. According to the list they’ve produced for 2018, we will be seeing very simple, yet high-tech, specialities boasting health benefits. Consumers will continue to be obsessed by one question: where does this food come from? Traceability, ingredients and wholesomeness will be the aspects to look out for when buying food, to the point where some consumers will…

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Gourmet food

Italian Carnival rhymes with Venice

02/03/2017 italian carnival

  Carnival has just ended, but the party atmosphere still lingers on. All of Italy celebrates Carnival, but the most popular and famous carnival is the Carnival of Venice. It’s one of the of the oldest in the world and it’s surreal because it’s set in a city that is so mouthwatering, so picturesque that no matter where you look, it looks like a postcard. (more…)

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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.

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