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 vinegarof 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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)
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€ per capita
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks to the collaboration with ARSIAL, a great number of companies from Lazio will attend Welcome Italia 2018!
The cuisine of Lazio has an important feature: popular extraction.
‘Pasta amatriciana’, ‘maccheroni’, ‘asparagus’, ‘guanciale’, ‘porchetta’, ‘coppa’ and ‘trippa’ are just some of many traditional dishes of this region.
Roman cuisine is particularly well known thanks to recipes that are part of a so-called ‘poor dishes’ tradition. The best known delicacies are ‘carciofi alla romana’, ‘coda alla vaccinara’, ‘coratella’ d’abbacchio’, ‘grattachecca’ and ‘spaghetti alla carbonara’.
This region is not short of wines either. ‘malvasia di Candia’ and ‘trebbiano toscano’ are some of the most grown white grapes. Among red wines, some of the finest products are ‘cesanese’, ‘ciliegiolo’, ‘Montepulciano’, ‘merlot’, ‘cabernet sauvignon’ and ‘barbera’.
Come to Welcome Italia and discover delicacies from Lazio!
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