IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an article made by Foodweb, Livelitaly only traduced the article in English.

LINK: https://www.foodweb.it/2019/02/food-italiano-export-record-418-miliardi/

Up by 1.8% compared to 2017. Almost two thirds of exports reach European countries, where the main trading partner is Germany

Yet another record for Italian food & beverage exports, which in 2018 reached € 41.8 billion for the first time, with an increase of 1.8% over 2017. It is Coldiretti’s track record year just ended, based on the final data of Istat. Almost two thirds of Italian agri-food exports reach the countries of the European Union. The main trading partner is Germany, while outside the EU borders the United States is the reference market for Italian food.

THE ADDED VALUE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
Growth drives are the basic products of the Mediterranean diet, starting with the wine that is the most exported Italian product and shows an increase of 3% in value. But the real star is the category of sparkling wines, which jump 13% and reach a value of sales abroad of more than 1.5 billion. Following the fresh fruit and vegetables, while good performance protagonists include meats, cheeses (with an increase of 3% in value) and pasta, which increases by 2% on the basis of projections on ISTAT data for the first ten months.

FOOD ITALIAN AND ITALIAN SOUNDING
“The trend on international markets could further improve with a more effective protection against international agropiracy and counterfeiting, which bill over 100 billion euros by improperly using words, colors, locations, images, names and recipes that refer to the Italy for fake products “- said the president of Coldiretti Ettore Prandini -. “We need to overcome the current fragmentation and dispersion of resources for the promotion of true Made in Italy abroad, aiming at a single Agency that will accompany companies around the world on the model of the French Sopexa”.

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