Italy maintains its world leadership in the sector of PDO, PGI, and TSG certified productions, with 814 products of Food and Wine sections and no less than 13 new registrations over the course of 2016. In 2015 this sector reached 13.8 billion Euros of production value, with an increase by + 2.6% on a yearly basis, representing 10% of total revenues of national food industry.
Geographical Indications continue to be a key factor in growth of Made in Italy in the world, with export value of 7.8 billion Euros, equal to 21% of the agri-food exports, and a positive trend that almost reaches double digits, with + 9.6%.
The Food sector consists of over 80,000 operators and is worth 6.35 billion Euros at producer prices. Wine sector reaches a certified production of 2.84 billion bottles and is worth 7.4 billion Euro at producer prices.
The distribution areas of the Geographical Indications as a whole involve widely the whole Country. The analysis confirms a strong concentration especially in areas of Northeast and Northwest of the Country, with 20% of the Italian provinces covering more than 80% of total economic value.
In the agri-food sector, the top three provinces - Parma, Modena, Reggio Emilia - confirm the importance of Food Valley in Emilia region, thanks to the number of PDO and PGI chains (34) which insist in the territory, but especially the economic value of the most important productions (Parmigiano Reggiano, PDO Prosciutto di Parma, and PGI Balsamic Vinegar of Modena). In the Wine sector, ‘Prosecco System’ produces the greatest impact on the territory of Treviso and Verona.
In the domain of food sector, Cheeses are the main category of PDO and PGI productions in terms of turnover, with a value of almost 3.6 billion Euros at producer prices, with an incidence of 56% on the total food sector. The exported quantity, which accounts for 34% of the certified production, shows results that improve the ones already excellent concerning 2014. Both PDO and PGI wines received 523 awards, boast an inscribed area of 494,000 hectares, and a production that reaches about 50% of the total wine produced in Italy.