Especial SociosEne. 31, 2018
Italia: Fuerte caída de 40% en la producción de Almendras para la temporada 2017/2018
Italy is the second largest EU-28 almond producer after Spain. Sicily and Puglia are the main almond-producing areas, accounting together for approximately 88 percent of total supply.
Tuono, Pizzuta d’Avola, Fascionello, Filippo Ceo, Fragiulio Grande, Genco, Falsa Barese, Ferragnés are the leading varieties grown in the country. Italy’s marketing year (MY) 2017/18 almond production is forecast to drop by approximately 40 percent compared to the previous campaign due to the summer drought that affected the Italian peninsula. Quality is expected to be good.
In-shell almonds are mainly sold for fresh consumption. Shelled almonds are milled and generally used as a raw material for confectionary and bakery food companies.
In 2016, Italy imported 41,580 MT of almonds, mainly from the United States and Spain, accounting for 62 and 23 percent of total imports, respectively. In 2016, Italy exported 10,075 MT of almonds mainly to France, Germany, and the United States, accounting for 33, 26, and 8 percent of total exports, respectively.