Salgono a 40mila gli agricoltori che nelle proprie aziende nel 2016 hanno salvato semi antichi e le piante rare del Made in Italy dal rischio di estinzione. È quanto emerge dall’analisi di Coldiretti/Ixè presentata insieme alla Sis, la Società Italiana Sementi sul ritorno delle antiche sementi della tradizione italiana che dopo aver rischiato di sp...

The “Marinella philosophy” originated in the year 1914, when the thirty-four-year-old Neapolitan Don Eugenio opened a small shop in the Riviera of Chiaia of Naples. After having completed the renovations, the young founder undertook his first trip to London to meet with prospective suppliers and recreate a small corner of England in Naples with exc...

The whole world is aware of Sicilian blood oranges and of how good they are. They are used by the leading beverage producers and are even commercialised in the US. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee for consumers on the origin and composition of the fruit juices that reach their tables.  The citrus fruit sector is very important for the...

Gucci is now the highest ranked luxury brand on the Brand Finance 2017 report, coming at at no. 3. The value of the Gucci brand increased from $ 5 billion (2016) to $ 6.1 billion (2017). Gucci executives note a lot of their recent success in benefiting from dominating in the digital/social media market. In terms of growth, Gucci is among the best p...

The transformation of "bringing a bottle" equating to "bring a prosecco" began about four years ago, for me. While my student days were reliant on cheap vodka and whatever mixer I had around the house, shamefully incorporating Ribena squash on more than one occasion, my mid-twenties have been replaced with prosecco. I head to the supermarket, selec...

You may not look at the Mazda Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider and say, “Viva l’italia!” But why would you? It’s a Japanese car sold by an Italian-American company. But when I drove one for the first time, something strange happened. I think I found the automotive embodiment of myself: energetic, easy to beat up, made here and there, with borderline Ita...

So you think you know Italian wines? Wrap your heads around this: Italy’s National Registry of Grapes boasts 461 official grape varieties, 377 of which are genetically different Native grapes. So basically you could explore a new variety 365 days of the year yet fall short, let alone combining the endless permutations of producers, terroir, and sty...

Three-and-half billion Kinder eggs are sold globally each year but the popular chocolate-toy hybrid generates zero sales from the United States market. Until now. Confectionery maker Ferrero International S.A. says at the beginning of 2018, it will debut a version of the iconic, decades-old Kinder Egg to the U.S. market for the first time. The most...

Tucked away at the corner of Vandeventer and Boyle Avenues in The Grove neighborhood is an online retailer and wholesaler of imported Italian specialty foods, Ditalia Fine Italian Imports. I’ve literally passed it hundreds of times driving down Vandeventer but never bothered to find out what was behind its unassuming brick façade. My curiosity got...

Private equity is setting its sights on the Italian retail industry. With 28 transactions worth €1.8 billion, 2016 was the strongest year since 2010. What has grown above all is the total value of signed deals: within 12 months they tripled compared to the 456 of 2015, and are getting close to the €1.668 billion of 2014. The number of operations is...