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CHALLENGES AND PRIORITIES FOR TODAY’S FOOD SECTOR. TOOLS AND APPROACHES FOR COMPETITIVENESS

In light of the analysis, research and observations developed from the suggestions supplied by the members of the Ambrosetti Club Food & Beverage & Nutrition Community, we have developed four proposals which we believe represent an important point-of-departure for promoting competitiveness in this sector.

Challenges and Priorities for Today’s Food Sector. Tools and Approaches for Competitiveness

In addition to making a decisive contribution to Italy’s reputation throughout the world, and thanks to the acknowledged quality and uniqueness of its products, the Italian Food & Beverage sector has a substantial impact on the nation’s economy. In fact, sector revenues were €132 billion in 2016, with a workforce of 465,000 and export of products worth €31.5 billion, 8% of total Italian exports.

It is also a sector that has proven to be highly resilient and for which the effects of the 2008-2009 economic crisis were fairly mild, and this aspect only further reinforces its strategic significance for Italy.

In light of the analysis and observations developed for the Italian Food & Beverage sector, we have identified a number of priorities which we believe represent a potential point-of-departure for promoting competitiveness in this sector:

  1. Promote its dimensional restructuringby fostering optimization in size and the creation of a number of “national champions”;
  2. Support supply-chain integration processesboth upstream (integration with the farming stage) and downstream (agreements and partnerships with distribution chains);
  3. Reinforce the defense of Italian food productsnot only through the use of certificates of origin, but above all through attentive management of customs-related aspects and fighting fraud and the “Italian Sounding” phenomenon;
  4. Provide incentives for investment in innovation and R&D, in advertising and distribution.

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