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 – which may be ascribed to a medium/long-term process of sector rationalization.

The data related to young farming businesses (run by managers under 35), recording a 4.1% growth, is also quite intriguing.

The food industry sector is even more dynamic, with a 2.7% increase in added value, though slower than 2017 when it recorded +3.8%. Employees in the sector have also grown (+3.1% in 2018, following a 1.9% increase in 2017), as opposed to the number of businesses remaining essentially equal to the 2017 figure, just under 71 thousand.

Foreign food and agricultural trade has suffered strongly due to global uncertainty and the slowdown of the world economy. After a +7.4% growth recorded in 2017, Italian food and agricultural exports – worth close to 41.8 billion euros – have only increased by 1.2% in 2018.

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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.

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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