Covid does not hinder exports of Italian pasta

According to Ismea elaborations on Istat data, sales grew by +30% this year in the period January-July
Covid does not hinder exports of Italian pasta

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Italian pasta exports confirm the positive performance of Italian food on foreign markets. The figures confirm, on the whole, a progression of Made in Italy food sales on foreign markets, growing by +3% in the first 8 months of 2019 for a value of 29.4 billion euros.

Data by sector show that in the first seven months of 2020 there was a double-digit growth for Italian pasta sales, increasing by +30% compared to the period January – July 2019. According to ISMEA elaborations on Istat data, even in the most critical months of the pandemic – characterized by restrictive in many customer countries – Italian pasta exports did not suffer major repercussions compared to heavy drops recorded by other sectors in April and, even more so, in May.

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In addition to the excellent performance of Italian pasta and, more generally, of the entire cereal derivatives sector (+13% in the January-July period), ISMEA’s analysis highlights the good performance of fresh and processed vegetables (+7.8%), oils (+5%) and industrial crops (+13.7%).

The meat and fish sectors’ sales remained stable, while wine and must suffered a sharp drop: -3.2%, which means a loss of 3.5 billion in turnover compared to 2019.

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