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Worthwhile agribusiness

The leading food industry of Emilia Romagna

An excellent food industry from excellent farming practices. Emilia Romagna is the leading Italian region in terms of the foreign exportation of food products, with a 16% share, worth €5.470bn, of the total national market.

Worldwide, Emilia Romagna is regarded as synonymous with excellent products - Parma Ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Reggio, and the great Pignoletto, Lambrusco and Sangiovese wines - that are often imitated, yet never equalled.

This primacy conceals a great love of the land, and a strong dedication to getting things done - and well. However, it also reveals the region's special focus on work, preferably carried out together, sharing common goals.  

Organization, innovation, internationalization.  Emilia Romagna boasts a highly integrated system based on 73,466 farms, 4,968 agribusinesses, and 51 producer associations, supply chains and production clusters in the following sectors: fruit and vegetables, wine, milk, animal husbandry, cereals.

Co-operation plays a determining role, with 778 cooperatives that alone account for 60% of the region's production and a third of the turnover of all Italian coops. 

The gross saleable production of Emilia Romagna's agriculture is worth €4.35bn, while the agri-food industry reaches €20bn in sales, accounting for 15% of the national total. 

This system invests in competitiveness, innovation and modernization, also thanks to the Rural Development Programme, which in the 2007-2013 period allocated €500m to these objectives.

And all to ensure quality, safety and traceability "from farm to fork".

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Published Jun 19, 2014 — last modified May 05, 2015

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