Italian food: colonization of the world?

Among the first places in the world for foreign food spread, Italy is at the top. The peninsula excellent ranking is due to pasta, chocolate, tomato, apple and preserved pork. Even wines and sparkling wines, roasted coffee, bakery and confectionery industry are really famous out of Italian borders.

A heritage, the Italia “food”, which could have even more success in international trade if Italy was stronger in the supermarket sector. This, in addition, with a more aggressive trade policy (which has been lacking so far but that in 2015, thanks to the financing plan for the promotion of the “Made in Italy” launched by the Italian Government, perhaps finally begin to operate), it is essential to grow into new markets (eg. China) or even in mature markets not yet sufficiently beaten (eg. the United States). There are really few Italian companies who seriously export their products abroad: among them, we can nominate Rana, Italian tortellini company driven by Gian Luca Rana (son of the founder, Giovanni), Barilla and La Molisana, both really appreciated abroad.

The quality of the Italian “food” is a world leader and this may further push exports. According to a study conducted by Fondazione Symbola, there are 120 products for which Italy ranks in the top three positions in the world for international trade. In addition, Italy has the highest number of certified foods in the globe: 264 PDO and PGI products (plus 4,698 regional specialties), followed at a distance from France, 207, and Spain, 162. In the wine sector, Italy can count on 332 Doc, 73 DOCG and IGT 118. And then there’s the biological food: Italy is the first in Europe by a number of companies and among the first in the world for growth rate.

The world love Italian food and that’s a fact: if you go anywhere in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and America, you’ll find Italian restaurants almost everywhere, from London to New York, from Paris to Beijing, Tokyo, Sidney and so on.

Is Italy colonizing the world with its food? Well, it seems but is not properly a forced colonization, is more that foreign people understood the quality and the taste of Italian food, and decided to go in love with it.