The growth of the Italian food and beverage sector is mainly due to Italian food exports, for which the USA is one of the main markets, according to Ivano Vacondio, President of Italian F&B industries association Federalimentare.1
Despite ongoing restrictions and delays due to COVID-19, Italian exports continue to supply Americans and consumers around the globe with high-quality Italian ingredients, processed food, and alcohol. Italian food & beverage exports reached a value of 17329.9 million euros in the first half of 2020, a growth of 2.6% compared to the first half of 2019.2 In this article, we’re going to discuss the top 8 food and beverages made in Italy that are shipped around the world, from Italian sparkling wine to pistachios and olives. Get ready to taste your way around this beautiful part of the Mediterranean.
How Italian food & beverage exports drive Italian economy
Italian food exports play an important role in the manufacturing industry and are the third most valuable sector to the Italian economy. Italy is a Mediterranean country with a warm, consistent climate and rich fertile soils. It has an abundance of high-quality fruit and vegetables ready to export in bulk overseas.
Geographically, Italy is well placed. In the heart of Southern Europe, it has a population of over 60.36 million, and is a tourist hotspot. This means that people from far and wide develop a taste for Italian cuisine, wine and snacks. Culinary and economically advanced, its local dishes, rich in fresh ingredients,