Food trends

Diet and nutrition

FOOD CRIMES: THE ITALIAN ETIQUETTE

24/03/2023

Italian cuisine is the world’s most popular. If this means that there are billions of people in any area of the globe who love it, it is also true that the price it pays for popularity entails surrendering to a series of “food crimes” that would make any Italian cringe. Leaving out of the discussion the (in)famous ‘Hawaiian’ pizza (the one with pineapple which, being a fruit, should be eaten at the end of a meal), the most common mistakes reveal a lack of knowledge of what the Italian food culture really is about. If ketchup is widely appreciated as…

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Diet and nutrition

THE RAPID GROWTH OF PLANT-BASED FOODS

07/02/2023

In the past few years, the real innovation in the food market has been driven by alternative food options. Although “perfection” is still to be achieved, next-generation plant-based meat, egg and dairy products are becoming more and more competitive with animal products on taste, price and accessibility. Currently valued at USD 14.3 billion, the plant-based food market is expected to reach the value of USD 88.00 billion by 2029. Its fast, high growth rate is mainly due to three reasons: increasing consumer interest in plant-based diets, the rising consciousness for animal rights and the widespread awareness regarding benefits of plant-based…

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Gourmet food

A GOURMET SEASON: PORCINI MUSHROOMS AND TRUFFLES ARE KINGS OF THE FALL

12/12/2022

Fall is foodies’ paradise. While the days growing shorter and the air turning colder call for longer, cozy indoor meals, this season is filled with so many sensational products that every food lover is truly spoilt for choice. The Autumn’s harvest in Italy is a real bounty: pumpkins, chestnuts, pomegranates, cabbages, beetroots…the list is almost endless and it strongly influences our eating habits during this time of the year. Cold pasta salads make room for earthy soups; new ruby wine and fresh extra virgin olive oil become the perfect pairing for casseroles and stews. If we were to crown a…

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Gourmet food

THE MOST POPULAR PASTA RECIPES: FUN FACTS

25/11/2022

If you add Italy and food the result is always pasta. Easy-to-prepare, delicious and so versatile that it can be combined with a plethora of other ingredients to create some of the world’s favorite dishes. Funnily enough though, the most famous pasta recipe in the world is not one of those that a visitor would find featured on a menu in any restaurant in Italy: probably because of its history, linked to somebody feeling unwell, or maybe for the abundance of butter which is not very popular in the Mediterranean diet.  Created in 1914 by Alfredo Di Lelio, the owner…

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Gourmet food

THE BEST ITALIAN DRIED FRUIT

24/10/2022

If Fall is the season for harvest, October is its richest month when it comes to fresh fruit. Chestnuts, apples, pomegranates, pears and grapes: in Italy we have such a variety and abundance to suit every taste. Not many people know, though, that this autumnal month is the one that sees also a couple of dried fruits, considered as national excellences, getting ready for consumption: the hazelnut from Piedmont e the pistachio from Sicily. Recognized as the best in the world for its balanced flavor and a good production yield, the Tonda Gentile Trilobata (also known as PGI Piedmont Hazelnut)…

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Diet and nutrition, Food trends

BRESAOLA, A PORK-FREE ALTERNATIVE

30/09/2022

Prosciutto (ham), salame, pancetta: some of the most famous Italian cured meats are made with pork. Real top-quality food, prepared according to ancient methods rooted in our gastronomic tradition. The recent outspread of the African swine fever virus (ASFV), that is causing a severe disease in pigs and wild boars, is significantly impacting their sales. Furthermore, there are numerous countries in the world where the consumption of pork meat is not allowed for religious reasons. When it comes to keep enjoying food excellences though, Italy provides an alternative solution: it is called Bresaola and it is a cured beef from…

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Food trends

THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE AND ITS IMPACT ON PASTA

27/08/2022

After the doom and gloom of the last few months, the deal recently signed by Ukraine and Russia is a beacon of hope for grain exports. The agreement, that allows the resumption of vital grain exports from Ukrainian Black Sea ports, is an important diplomatic breakthrough aimed at alleviating the global food crisis sparked by the war. As a matter of fact, so far Russia had blocked maritime access to those ports thus impeding the export of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain to the numerous countries that rely on it. Considering that in normal times Ukraine would export around…

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Food trends

ALTERNATIVE PROTEINS, NOT JUST MEATLESS MEAT

15/07/2022

Alternative proteins is a general name used to indicate all those ingredients, foods and beverages that contain proteins derived from non-animal sources. Considered crucial to nourish the world’s growing population while mitigating the effects of the climate crisis, alternative proteins also entail a range of processes that can replace animal protein production, including the three main ones: plant-based, fermentation-derived and cultivated food. If traditional fermentation processes have already been used to improve plant-based products (for example, to add taste and nutrition to plant-based steaks), foods produced with precision fermentation made their debut on the market last year: among them, ice…

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Diet and nutrition, Food trends

TRENDS IN ICE CREAM CONSUMPTION

08/07/2022

Although the global ice cream industry suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic due to supply chain disruptions, sales now seem to be on the rise again. In Italy and in the rest of Europe, the supply chain already bounced back in 2021 with a 25% upturn; now recent figures report that the global market - valued at USD113.82 billion in 2021 - is projected to register a CAGR of 6.47% during the next five years (2022 - 2027). If the current scenario in EMEA shows a per capita consumption of around 4.6kg yearly, the increased demand for quality convenience food among…

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Food trends

SUSTAINABLE GASTRONOMY DAY 2022

17/06/2022

Every year on 18th June, the world celebrates Sustainable Gastronomy Day. Observed for the first time in 2017, this celebration is led by the UN General Assembly, UNESCO and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The correct explanation of what sustainable gastronomy really is comes from FAO: “Gastronomy is sometimes called the art of food. It can also refer to a style of cooking from a particular region. In other words, gastronomy often refers to local food and cuisine. Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing or even preparation of food) is done in a way that is…

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Diet and nutrition, Food trends

SUN-DRIED TOMATOES: A TASTY, VERSATILE AND FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENT

18/05/2022

Although the concept of functional foods originated in Japan back in the 1980s - when government agencies started approving foods with verified benefits, in an effort to improve the health of the general population – the topic is becoming more and more popular now that consumers all over the world are more conscious than ever about the food they purchase and eat. In a few words, functional foods are ingredients that offer health benefits which extend beyond their nutritional value: some are naturally healthier than others, some may contain supplements or other additional ingredients designed to improve health. The most…

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Food trends, Gourmet food

MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA, THE ULTIMATE FOOD EXPERIENCE

15/04/2022

For as much as it used to be a local delicacy, these days Buffalo mozzarella (PDO) - aka Mozzarella di Bufala DOP, in Italian - is one of the foods that people order automatically whenever they see it on a menu. Never mind if the restaurant is in Rome, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai or New York City. Creamy, flavorful and incredibly soft, it is the ultimate mouth-watering experience for dairy lovers all over the world. Mozzarella di Bufala DOP is a fresh cheese made with the milk of the domestic buffalo, typical of southern Italy. Buffalo’s milk is higher in calcium,…

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