Bologna Mortadella, Parma Ham, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Piadina Romagnola and Parmigiano Reggiano: these are just five of the 44 PDO and PGI certified products to be found in Emilia-Romagna. This is the highest number in Europe, so that these very recognizable brands are exporting not just products but also a strong identity inextricably linked to the names of cities in the region.

The agri-food sector is one of the pillars of the Emilia-Romagna economy: a sector that combines innovation and tradition and is able to provide employment while at the same time seizing the opportunities offered by regional strategies.

Using a common expression in our jargon, we can say that the sector covers the whole supply chain "from farm to fork", from agriculture in the strict sense of the word to the food industry in all its different forms,  including mass production, local products, mechanics, logistics and packaging.

The size of agri-food companies is mostly medium-small, but there are also well-known names in food processing and large multinational companies in the industrial plant construction sector.

Companies linked to catering, gastronomy and agritourism are paying increasing attention to nutritional, health and organic aspects and the lively activity of the "food" sector can sometimes trespass into the areas of tourism and creativity.

To these must be added the companies that produce energy from biomass derived from agricultural processing residues and food industry waste.  From secondary school to postgraduate specializations, the education system in Emilia-Romagna meets the demand for skills along the supply chain, ensuring continuous growth of the sector.

Emilia-Romagna based companies