Cibus is preparing a special edition to celebrate 2018, proclaimed to be the “Year of Food” by the Italian Government to favour the growth of production and export of made-in-Italy food products. More than 3,000 exhibiting companies and a growing number of Italian and international buyers are expected in Parma from 7 to 10 May. The most innovative products will be displayed in a dedicated area, the incoming programme for foreign buyers has been strengthened and a new exhibition pavilion will be opened.
The 19th edition of Cibus takes place at a favourable time when the Italian economy is investing and hopes for a recovery. The food sector ends 2017 with remarkable results: export increased by +7% versus the previous year and domestic sales recorded a slight, yet encouraging +0.8% growth. With regards to food industry exports, the estimated value at the end of 2017 was 32.1 billion euro.
With an overall turnover of 137 billion euro (about 190, if we consider the whole agri-food sector, including the primary one), Italian companies are committed to keeping the 2017 pace for 2018 with production and export increases of +2% and +7% respectively, and a more encouraging growth of domestic sales ranging between +1% and +2%.
The main food export markets, in addition to Europe and United States, are Canada, Japan, Australia and Russia. In Asia the main export destinations are: China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and Taiwan.
Cibus 2018 will also feature a new pavilion built to meet the growing request for exhibiting space: an area dedicated to the most innovative and original food products placed on the market, selected by a panel of experts. During Cibus 2018, the new Pavilion 8 will be opened and reserved to institutional customers, i.e. regional specialities and joint projects. A new layout that will house the Food Court of the various Italian regions with a space dedicated to recipes, cooking shows and tasting area “all-in-one”, all designed as a gallery of flavours and tasting, managed by specialised chefs and cooking schools.
“2018 is expected to mirror 2017 in the agri-food sector – declared Luigi Scordamaglia, President of Federalimentare – These exceptional export performances make the threshold of 50 billion euro by 2020 announced during Expo2015 not only possible, but even surmountable; indeed, these performances will be accompanied by a modest, yet visible recovery of internal consumption”.