All posts by Welcome Italia

07 Jun 2019

Tickets OUT NOW!

Ah, Italy…the sun, amazing wine, olive oil, tasty food, the warmth of its people. Wouldn’t it be nice to plan a trip to Italy and enjoy all its delicacies? But it’s busy at work, flights are expensive, and sometimes you just don’t have the time!
Well, if you can’t go to Italy, Italy will come to you!

Welcome Italia, the leading gastronomic event dedicated to Italian excellences, has arrived at its seventh edition and is finally back to London! Three days of great food, wine and company, from the 18th to the 20th of October at The Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminister.

Friday 18th will be trade only so if you are interested in doing business with the exibithors along with conferences and seminars dedicated to the Italian food in the UK request you free pass HERE and subscribe to our B2B newsletter to stay tuned!

Come to have a taste of Italy and meet the companies that are bringing products of the Italian excellence from all the various regions in Italy! Try some of the best olive oil from the Southern Italy, experience great cheese from the North or amazing cured meats from Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Lazio…

And there’s more! You will be able to take part to masterclasses and tastings that will take place at the Cookery Theatre with the most important Italian cuisine chef’s in the UK.
So, grab your tickets now and get ready to impress your friends by preparing the best Italian aperitivo or dinner with the amazing products you’ll be able to taste and buy during the event!

Ticket is just £8 online (£10 at the door) and includes a goodybag of Italian products from our sponsors!

Kids under 12 go free (if accompanied by a paying adult)

Book yours now (via Eventbrite)!

22 Mar 2019

Italian food products in the department stores of London

 

Interested in expanding your business in the UK? London, with its fancy department stores, it is the dream of many producers, but which Italian food products have been able to reach what is commonly considered the “retailers’ Olympus”?

Apart from the renowned Harrods, there are many department stores spread around the city, offering the best selection of Food & Beverage thanks to their marvellous Food Halls.

The team of Welcome Italia visited four of them: Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and of course Harrods. From a detailed observation of the Food Halls and of the correspondent e-commerce, we were able to identify the range of Italian products available and create a detailed report, that will be useful to any business in the field that is interested in this type of market.

Findings point out that truffle-based products are experiencing a real boom in the UK market. Evergreen products are the extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic vinegar of Modena. This last is known as an elite product thanks to its fancy aged product range.

It has not been identified any emerging trend, showing that these types of stores do not cover the role of trend setter but are mainly focused on offering the excellence of Italian food already present in the UK market.

In the meantime, request our report on Italian food products in the department stores of London at  info@welcome-italia.co.uk.

19 Mar 2019

Welcome Italia hosts the award-giving ceremony for the certification Italian Hospitality

 

We are proud to announce that Welcome Italia will host the award-giving ceremony of the prestigious certification Italian Hospitality, assigned to all the Italian restaurants of the UK, that were able to ensure compliance with quality standards typical of Italian hospitality.

This ceremony is part of the project “ITALIAN HOSPITALITY, ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD ” promoted by Unioncamere (Italian Association of Chambers of Commerce), based on the experience of the brand “Italian Hospitality” carried out with the operational support of IS.NA.RT (National Institute for Research on Tourism) and the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad.

The aim of the project is to develop and promote the traditions of Italian food products by creating a certification recognised all over the world, able to guarantee the authenticity of the products employed and the training of the floor and kitchen staff.

The ceremony will bring together the most important players and guest of honour involved in the Italian hospitality in the UK, creating in this way worthwhile networking opportunities.

 

27 Feb 2019

Italian Food&Beverage export in the UK in 2018

 

Brits are increasing their Google searches in the field of Italian cuisine. Most of the times they look for “Italian restaurants”; however, they are also trying to learn some Italian recipes, mainly made with pasta or chicken.

However, Italian cuisine enthusiasts are not homogeneously distributed around UK: most of the Google searches come from the areas of Bristol, London and Cambridge.

If we look at the export value of Italian Food&Beverage in the UK in 2018, the number is around 1,6 billion of euro.

Italian Food & Beverage export for the UK (Period January-September 2018, Absolute values and per capita)
Country
Tons Kg per capita Billion in €z

€ per capita

United Kingdom 1414.382 22 1.6

25

If we consider the single sectors, the most popular products are pasta, peel tomato and tomato purees, followed by beans and cheeses.

Regarding the wine sector, it represents the 14% of the overall Italian Food & Beverage export in the UK.

Italian Food&Beverage Export for the UK: Top 10 products per kg per capita
Regno Unito Kg per capita
Sauces 0,3
Rice worked with round grains 0,4
Rice worked with long grains 0,3
Peeled Tomatoes 2,1
Stuffed and/or cooked pasta 0,4
Pasta 2,5
Tomato puree 1,3
Apples 0,3
Fresh cheeses and dairy products 0,2
Beans preserved without vinegar 1,2

 

 

Source: http://www.italiani.coop/litalia-sulle-tavole-deuropa/
12 Feb 2019

Presenting Welcome Italia 2019

We are proud to announce the seventh edition of Welcome Italia!

Save the date! 18th-20th October 2019 at our beloved Royal Horticultural Halls.

The show that celebrates the excellence  of Italian food and beverage is now at its seventh edition!

Find out the opportunity to discover traditional Italian food and new innovative proposals being transported in the Belpaese for three days.

As usual, you will have the chance to taste the best Italian  products directly from the producers and purchasing them!

The famous Cookery Theatre will be at the centre of entertainment also for this year, with a completely new format!

Moreover, a new area of the venue will be open to attractions and experiences!

Stay tuned: many news are on their way!  In the meantime, enjoy some of the best moments of last year:

 

18 Sep 2018

Discover Lazio companies exhibiting at Welcome Italia

We are proud of hosting the biggest group of Lazio companies ever exhibiting in London! Thanks to the collaboration of the Agency for Agricultural Development of Lazio Region (ARSIAL) 27 companies will present outstanding wines and fine products that represent the true essence of Rome and the rest of its region!

COMPANY NAME PRODUCTS STAND
ACQUA FIUGGI WATER B10
ALIMENTI ELEMENTARI WINE,OIL, CONSERVES G3
AZ. AGR. CAVALIERI WINE A6
CAFFE’ HAITI ROMA COFFEE B6
CANTINA TENUTA SANTA LUCIA WINE G7
CANTINE CAPITANI WINE B8
CASALE CERTOSA WINE A1
CASATA MERGE’ WINE B4
CHINOTTISSIMO BEVANDE ITALIANE CHINOTTO B13
DI CRISTIAN DESSERT SWEETS A4
GUGLIELMI CARNI CHARCUTERIE G5
GUIDONI GELATINE DI VINO ARTIGIANALE WINE GELLY A3
I PRODOTTI DEL COLLE OIL, BISCUITS, HONEY B7
IL MOLINO OIL, PASTA, PATE’, CONSERVES G1
KISSARO’ BAKERY A5
LA VALLE DELL’USIGNOLO OIL, WINE, PATE’, PICKLED PRODUCTS, CONSERVES A2
LAMPONI DEI MONTI CIMINI RASPBERRY B18
L’AVVENTURA PRODUTTORI DI FELICITA’ WINE F2
MERUMALIA WINE B9
MOLINO ‘7CENTO WINE, OIL, SAFFRON, FRUIT B5
NAPOLEONI GLUTEN FREE SWEETS A7
NERONI TRADIZIONE ITALIANA CONSERVES, PICKLES G6
PAGNANI TARTUFI DI PAGNANI GIANPIERO TRUFFLE B16
PASTIFICIO ZAFFIRI PASTA B15
SALUMIFICIO CASTELLI CHARCUTERIE, PORCHETTA, PROSCIUTTO, COPPA A3
TAMIA OLIO EXTRA VERGINE DI OLIVA OIL G2
TORPEDINO TOMATOES B14
VILLA PONTINA ORGANIC PDO OIL B17
18 Sep 2018

Discover the excellences of Lazio with Giancarlo Caldesi

Discover the excellences of Lazio with Giancarlo Caldesi at Welcome Italia 2018.
We are waiting for you all at the Royal Horticultural Halls (October 5th at 4 pm) to enjoy his cooking show.

As a businessman he is the owner of the Caldesi Group of Restaurants and Cookery Schools with restaurants in London’s Marylebone and culinary mecca, Bray, in Berkshire. A passionate chef Giancarlo can often be found cooking at the restaurants and entertaining diners with his stories behind the Italian regional dishes he creates.

His live work includes a number of UK and International food festivals such as Masterchef Live, Foodies Festivals, Good Food and Wine Shows and Taste Italia where he entertains audiences with his lively yet informative cookery demonstrations.

With his wife Katie he has written several cookery books about Italian regional cousine, such as Rome: Centuries in an Italian Kitchen’. In this book the duo present their interpretations of classic dishes, like Katie’s Cacio e Pepe (spicy cheese and pepper pasta), alongside family favourites like Spigola in Saltimbocca (seabass with parma ham and sage leaves). Collaborating with Rome’s best chefs, they share modern Italian recipes like Sorbetto di Peperone, a fiery hot chilli sorbet that reflect the heat and colour of this bustling city. This is an impressive, fresh look at Rome s cuisine.

He also is a regular contributor to articles for National newspapers and food magazines with a specialism on the food of Tuscany, where he was born.

In 2010 Giancarlo was awarded the ‘Ordine Della Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana’ (The Order of Italian Solidarity) by the Italian government, one of the highest honors an Italian chef can receive.

17 Sep 2018

Obicà Pop-Up Cafeteria!

Obica’ will host a Pop-Up Cafeteria at Welcome Italia!

Obicà Mozzarella Bar is a casual and contemporary Italian restaurant.

Obicà brings classic and regional Italian cuisine to the new levels of taste of contemporary gourmets. The focus is on the ingredients: fresh, local produce paired with a curated selection of imported Italian artisanal specialties. Our light cooking methods respect the quality of these ingredients, combining them in dishes which are authentic and packed with flavour.

Started in Italy in 2004, today Obicà has restaurants in international gateway cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, London, New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

Find them in the mezzanine!

13 Sep 2018

Welcome Italia live on London One Radio

London One Radio is the official radio of Welcome Italia! The event will be broadcast live from the Royal Horticultural Halls with exclusive interviews and insights.

London One Radio is the only and official Italian radio station in the UK, based in London. Under the auspice  of  the  Italian General Consulate in London, the radio represents the voice of Italians and Londoners. London One is at every London’s events as well as international ones such as Sanremo or Radio City MIlan, by also becoming  BBC supplier. The radio is part of I.C.S Ltd group – chaired by Philip Baglini – that also have the the online magazine Italoeuropeo.com/co.uk that for 10 years spread accurate news and information from the UK and the rest of the world.

30 Jul 2018

The True Italian Taste project

We are pleased to announce that Welcome Italia becomes part of The True Italian Taste project.
The True Italian Taste project – funded and promoted by the Ministry of Economic Development and ITA (Italian Trade Agency) as part of the “The Extraordinary Italian Taste” campaign and coordinated by Assocamerestero – started in 2016 in USA, Canada and Mexico and involves now Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and UK, in collaboration with the ICCAs of these Countries.
The project aims to tell consumers all over the world about the benefits of true Italian products and the importance of the link between foods and the places they come from.
Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the true Italian food, we look forward to seeing all of you at Welcome Italia in October!

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