The big jump in sales to the US, the redemption of pasta, and the advance of organic food were the three main drivers of Italian food exports in 2022. During the past year, sales to foreign markets were excellent despite geopolitical tensions, problems experienced by supply chains, and rising raw material prices. In contrast, 2023 is shaping up to be characterized by more modest growth due to uncertainties that give no respite.
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In 2022 the main markets for Italian food were once again Germany, the US, and France. Exports to Germany grew by +9.3 percent, while the increase was double-digit in the US and France. In the USA sales of Italian products, led by pasta, increased by +18.5 percent over 2021. This growth was also driven by oil, ready meals, diet foods, and sugar. Thus, the United States is confirmed as the second largest market for Italian F&B, ahead of France where exports of food and beverage from Italy grew by +13 percent.
Source: Prometeia on Istat data