The Italian food sector continues to grow and, from May 7 to 10 in Parma, it will present the results achieved and its future plans at Cibus 2018, the most important trade fair dedicated to the Italian agri-food sector, which is organized by Fiere di Parma and Federalimentare. The food industry turnover reached 137 billion euros, with a growth of exports of more than 6% for a total of 41 billion euros. Exports are growing in all areas; especially to Russia, Spain, South America, North America, and Asia.

These results will be celebrated, together with the presentation of new products and trends, at the 19th edition of Cibus: 3,100 exhibitors, over 135,000 sqm of exhibition space, 80,000 professional visitors expected – 20% of whom from abroad, including 2,500 top buyers -, and 1300 journalists. One thousand new products will be on display in the main area, while a selection of 100 of the most innovative products will be presented in the Cibus Innovation Corner.

There will be chefs cooking new products for visitors to taste, both at the different stands and in the Food Courts dedicated to typical regional products. The wide range of designation of origin products will be displayed by the protection Consortia in the AICIG (Italian Association of Geographical Indication Consortia) area. Current food trends and relevant current issues will emerge from the exhibition, roundtable discussions, and conferences: the continued growth of health products, but also of ready meals; consumer demand focus on both premium products and low cost ones; innovation and sustainability; prevention of food waste; the scourge of Italian sounding; and more.

“Cibus means tradition and innovation, and it is with this formula that we wish to present Italy’s extraordinary agri-food heritage,” said Andrea Oliviero, Deputy Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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