The value generated by the export of Italian tomato sauce amounts to about 1,6 billions of euros, according to the information provided by ANICAV, the national industrialists association for vegetable food preserves.
The largest importer is Germany, counting over 400 thousand tons, equal to 20% and worth more than 285 billion euros, followed by the United Kingdom (15%), France (7,3%) and USA (6%).
What’s left in Italy is about 2 million tons. Exportations evidently exceed the amount that is consumed in Italy!
“Foreign markets represent an important growth area for us, reflecting the fact that, even in times of crisis the consumers give quality the priority” claims the president of ANICAV, Antonio Ferraioli. “The exportations of Italian tomato sauce are still able to make up for the stagnation of the internal consumption”.
The export of Italian tomato sauce is constantly growing (+5,5%), mostly thanks to emerging markets like the Asian one, even though there are “obstacles” of a protectionist nature, the best example being custom duties. Think about Australia, where sales data are undergoing a significant decrease.
Mutti brings quality in the Italian tomato sauce industry. The company from Parma is the number one Italian private group in the tomato processing sector, a symbol of Italy’s strengths worldwide. In the long history of tomato, a whole chapter was written by Mutti, one the symbols of the Made in Italy, who underlines the importance of quality and of a perfect integration and cooperation between all the parts involved in the production process.
Italy is known for the high added value of its products and for how the factories still have methods that are close to those of the old craft traditions. In this scenario Mutti is the number one company in the tomato processing sector, as well as Italy’s main manufacturer of tomato-base products in terms of sales volume and market value. Investing in quality and also thanks to the fruitful relationships with the suppliers. Mutti is today a guarantee of quality and a symbol of the Italian excellence.
Francesco Cirio was born in Asti, Italy, in 1836 to a humble grain merchant. He proved to be a brilliant entrepreneur, extending his capacity planting tomatoe fields and establishing production sites in southern Italy, a region that has the ideal Mediterranean climate for growing tomatoes.
Few years later, Cirio canned-tomatoes became a common ingredient in the Italian cuisine. Cirio soon obtained a well-earned reputation of manufacturer of high-quality Italian food products, in particular tomatoes, both in Italy and abroad. Nowadays Cirio has over 150 years of experience and exports to 60 countries, and has become an icon in the field of Italian canned-food. The Italian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world, and tomato sauce is an essential ingredient in many of its most typical dishes.
The importance of tomato in the Italian cuisine is unquestionable: it’s a versatile ingredient, which brings color and flavor to many dishes, including those that today are famous through the world. No product characterizes the Italian cuisine better than tomato, and here lies the strength of Cirio, which makes good use of its experience.
Nowadays, if you want to use or taste tomato-based dishes, Cirio will offer you the best possible dining experience.
It’s present on the market since 1977, Pomì is part of the cooperative Consorzio Casalasco del Pomodo Italiano. The brand Pomi’ was acquired by Parmalat in 2007. Today the company owns over 350 agricultural activities on nearly seven thousand hectares of land in the Po valley, among Piacenza, Parma, Cremona and Mantova.
Pomi’ is a 100% Italian brand and is synonymous with taste, quality, honesty and transparency. For this reasons the company managed to cross the national borders and today it exports to over 60 countries all around the world.
The traditional Pomi’ tomato sauce is made of “Italian tomatoes, that are processed on the spot in full respect of man and the environment, only a few hours after they are harvested and left to ripen in the sun”. It’s one of the company’s flagship products, sold in the well-known Tetra-brik package.
The company Alce Nero has a turnover of over seventy million euros and very positive impacts on the food distribution chain, and is constantly growing on the markets. Very valuable data is that of GDO (“Grande Distribuzione Organizzata”, which means “Wide organized distribution”), a channel in which the company has become a Bio brand leader, especially for its tomato-based products (tomato sauce and pulp).
The company was founded in 1949; the company Alce Nero chose its position in the fertile Val Mezzano, a valley characterized by very good weather and soil properties. The organic tomatoes are only picked when they are fully ripened, and are processed within 8 hours after harvest. The final product is clean, savoury, of a bright, beautiful red and perfect for sauces and pasta (find out what are the 5 best Italian pasta brands in the world!).
Since the ‘50s the company based in Buccino (province of Salerno) commercializes tomato-based products. La Fiammante strongly values history and tradition, and underlines the importance of such factors in the manufacturing of a high-quality product. This seems to be working, as the company’s turnover shows a constant growth (a growing trend since 2015).
La Fiammante is one of the most popular brands of tomato-based products in Italy. The main features of its products comply with strict standards which respect the tradition of the made-in-Italy. The timing in the harvesting and the care with which the tomatoes are processed and packaged really make a difference, allowing for a high-quality flavorful product.