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Boost for lovers of Italian food
From:Shine  |  2018-11-08 00:29

Fans of Italian cuisine will benefit from an agreement signed between the Italian Trade Agency and Hemato import more authentic Italian agricultural products for its Hema Fresh stores.

More than 30 Italian food brands will be added to the shelves in Hema, according to the ITA, including pasta, wine, olive oil and kiwi fruit.

“The China International Import Expo is a sign to remove trade barriers among China and other countries,” said Ettore Francesco Sequi, Italy's Ambassador to China. “Which is of great help to Italy as many of our enterprises didn’t have many marketing channels in China.”

Meanwhile, the agency and China are to work together to ensure food safety. Sequi said oneaside effect of e-commerce was fake, copycat products and Italy would be making every effort to ensure the Italian food lovers had the best quality food.

Sui Pengfei from China’s ministry of agriculture and rural affairs said there is still large space for Italian agricultural products in China.

“We have listed the top 20 countries in trade volume of agricultural products last year,” said Sui. “Italy is not one of them.”

ITA has earmarked 20 million euros (US$23 million) to help promote small enterprises in China, many of them food companies.

Guiseppe Mazzarella, the agency's president, said more than 200 Italian companies had come to China to introduce their products at CIIE.

“Apart from the world-renowned Ferrari and fashion business, food is also a key point of our showcase,” said Mazzarella.

FICO Eataly World is one of the food companies. The first and largest food industry chain themed park in the world, FICO in Bologna has attracted more than three million tourists since November last year. Apart from offering a taste of food, the park also shows visitors food processes such as how spaghetti is made from flour.

“At least 20 percent of the tourists are foreigners, many of them come from China,” said Tiziana Primori, CEO of FICO.