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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.

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)
Tons Kg per capita Billion in €z

€ per capita

United Kingdom 1414.382 22 1.6


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/

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