Italian meat and charcuterie exports achieved about 3.5 billion euros of in 2022, growing by +15.6 percent compared to 2021. “These figures show the meat sector’s strong strategic value within the food sector, which is our economy’s flagship with about 67 billion euros of total exports,” said Matteo Zoppas, President of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), during an official meeting held at the headquarters of Assica, the Italian meat and salumi industries association. “Kudos, therefore, to the producers who have shown great resilience and adaptability in coping with the sharp increases in energy and transport costs in the last difficult years. Not to mention African swine fever with its significant impact on business and limitation of our products exports to several markets,” Zoppas said.
The positive export trend seems to be confirmed in the first three months of 2023. In this period, sales reached 852 million euros (+23.5 percent compared to 2019, the last pre-Covid period). Germany, France, the UK, the U.S., and the Netherlands are the main outlet markets.
The sector’s development is at the heart of the agenda of the Italian Trade Agency, which “continuously deploys various initiatives to publicize the excellence of Italian meat. We do so by telling the story of made-in-Italy products all around the world, as well as organizing promotional campaigns and collective trade shows with b2b networking moments where supply and demand can meet,” said Zoppas.