Federalimentare, the Italian food sector body, has called for a number of measures to reinvigorate the country’s EUR113bn (US$175bn) food industry.

“While we have growing exports of ‘Made in Italy’ foods, production is not increasing. Food makers have been held back by rising costs and poor demand at home,” a spokesperson for the trade group told just-food.

The industry group presented economic information at a food sector convention in Parma yesterday (6 May).

The last year has been “difficult” for the Italian food industry with domestic consumption falling 1.5% and production costs increasing 9.8%, Federalimentare said in a statement.

It said that while food exports increased 7% last year to ensure the growth of the sector, the new government must take steps to increase food safety and simplify legislation on food.

The industry, meanwhile, must focus on research, innovation and the promotion of Italian food worldwide, the trade body added.