After only a year of business, the Filiera Italia association, represented by Coldiretti, has become a non-profit foundation. Born in 2018 to enhance the Italian agri-food excellence, it now sees the participation of important Italian Bodies and Institutions that will allow Filiera Italia to become an authoritative national and international reference point. The ambitious goal of the new reality is to foster an increasingly sustainable development and to face new commercial, climatic and innovative challenges. The new president is Enzo Moavero Milanesi.

Spokesperson For A New Growth Model For The Agri-food Sector

From left: Ettore Prandini and Enzo Moavero Milanesi

The Filiera Italia runs at a fast pace to face a future full of important challenges. The Association, born last year to enhance Italian food excellence and the principles of the Mediterranean diet, is now a foundation that brings together the best of national agricultural production and the participation of companies and entities as Eni, Snam, Enel, Tema, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (Cdp), Poste Italiane and Banca Intesa.

The Italian agri-food sector represents 25% of GDP with 538 billion euros and an annual growth trend that has reached a historical record in exports, only in 2019 they increased by 4% (Coldiretti research). Never before have so much Italian food and wines been consumed all over the world. It is an economic and cultural wealth that must be protected and promoted with appropriate policies at national and international level. This will be the task of the new organization of the Filiera Italia which aims to develop a new management model and to become the reference point for national and Community institutions.

To achieve this, a team of experts and professionals has been put in place: the new president is Enzo Moavero Milanesi, director of the School of Law of the Luiss University of Rome and professor at the Collège d’Europe (Bruges, Belgium), from 2018 to 2019, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation and from 2011 to 2014 Minister for European Affairs. Vincenzo Gesmundo, Coldiretti general secretary, is the deputy vice president and Luigi Scordamaglia, CEO Inalca/Cremonini, holds the position of managing director.

Among the hot topics on the agenda, an increasingly sustainable development, transparency on the origin of the products on their labels, the fight against climate change, the Italian battery nutrition labelling system (with the important exclusion of PDO and PGI products) up to the dispute on duties.

“With the Made in Italy agri-food sector which has become strategic for sustainable economic and employment growth, Filiera Italia represents today the only reality in the country that has been able to create a system in the face of new challenges, from trade wars to climate change up to innovation” stated the president of Coldiretti, Ettore Prandini. “Investing in agri-food means looking to the future positively. The Filiera Italia will be the incubator of reflections, proposals and initiatives in the dual perspective of exhorting the continuous qualitative and sustainable improvement of Italian production and the benefits for consumers everywhere in the world. An active hotbed, in line with the most current guidelines of the European Union and the United Nations to achieve concrete results, promote and protect the excellence of the entire agri-food chain”, as the President – Enzo Moavero Milanesi – pointed out.

An excellence that boasts names such as Antinori, wine producers over 26 generations, Bonifiche Ferraresi, the leading Italian agri-food company in terms of land area and only listed company in the sector, Granarolo, the most important Italian milk production chain, Conad, the biggest Italian retail buying group. And to give more concreteness and sustainability to production, synergies with Eni are also included, aimed at enhancing forms of circular economy with zero waste in which the unused products of the individual supply chains are maximized to produce renewable energy.