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DINING IN AUSTRALIA, WITH ITALIAN-MADE PRODUCTS
Fine wines, some of the best in the world, delicious, unique extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, mozzarella and local cheeses: Italian food is unequalled throughout the world and has no need of introduction.
And an opportunity to get to know some of the top companies in the industry is provided by the Fine Food Australia fair: an event due to host a very select group of companies organised by ICE (the Italian Trade Promotion Agency).
The 2014 edition of the fair (the thirtieth) will be held at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, from September 15th to 18th. The exhibition is held every year, alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, and is open exclusively to operators. Last year's edition took place in Sydney and was attended by more than 1000 exhibitors from 40 countries around the world. The exhibition, open only to traders, recorded a turnout of over 20,000 visitors from a total of 38 countries, and extended over an area of 30,000 square metres.
Visitors to the Melbourne fair will have the unique opportunity to sample the flavours of Modena Balsamic Vinegar and other traditional condiments, including a variety of organic products: delicious tomato sauces ready for use; cherry tomatoes ripened in the southern Italian sun and preserved in oil; vegetables and olives also in oil.
Clearly, there will also be pasta, preparations for creating a real Neapolitan pizza, and some of the best Italian wines extra-virgin olive oils, not forgetting the famous Mozzarella di Bufala PDO. All this, and more, will be on display in the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, in an exhibition space measuring over 100 square metres.
The area will accommodate a total of 13 carefully selected companies, including 9 from around Frosinone, in the Lazio region.
The display space will also feature a special service area organised by ICE, whose task will be to welcome and direct foreign visitors.
Imports of food products in Australia put Italy in sixth place among the country's leading suppliers, with a market share of 4.26% in 2013. Australian imports from Italy have increased steadily over the past three years and in 2013 recorded a hike of 7.2%, indicating the excellent quality of Italian-made food products.
The principal imports include drinks: wine features prominently, of course, but mineral waters and spirits will also be on show at the fair; as well as preserved fruits and vegetables, pasta and milled products. The trade balance for the sector is very much in Italy's favour, with Australia recording a significant deficit of 264,880,000 Euros.
The figures for the first quarter of this year confirm the positive trend, with Australian imports from Italy increasing by 11.6% to a value of 108 million Euros, confirming Italy's position as the country's sixth most important supplier.