Food farming sector


The food farming sector

The food sector has always been one of the strongest areas of the Apulian economy. Apulia’s key resource is the richness of its raw materials: its fruit, vegetables and cereals, favored by the Mediterranean climat, are grown in a range of crop types and varieties throughout the region. for most of the year
The Apulia product basket is rich and generous: red, white and rosé labels continue to gather further recognition at fairs and competitions throughout the world; the extra virgin olive oil, symbol element of the Mediterranean diet, for which Apulia is the first producing region in Italy; fruit and vegetables, Apulian dairy products such as Canestrato, Silan Caciocavallo cheese and mozzarella, Altamura DOP bread, Apulian production features many types of pastas, of these the most famous is certainly the orecchietta,, are just a taste of the list of delicacies that you can taste in Puglia.

The Region supports the food and drinks sector, accompanying the various actors in their growth, with policies in favor of excellence and of characteristic products. One of the strategies has been development of the Prodotti di Qualità Puglia/Apulia Quality Product label, an umbrella label uniting a range of different product categories and specific types, including many recognised with certifications of origin (DOC, DOCG, IGP, STG) and others without designation.
This brand was originally created to improve consumer recognition and guarantee product quality and origin.

The “Prodotti di Qualità Puglia” include:

  • 4 DOCG WINES (Contro lled and Guaranteed Denomination of Origin )
  • 6 IGT WINES (Typical Geographical Indication )
  • 10 DOP products (Protected Denomination of Origin )
  • 5 IGP products (Protected Geographical Indi ation )
  •  233 PAT products (Traditional Food Products) recognised as such by the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policie s in 2014

The nursery gardening sector

Nursery gardening is one of Apulia’s traditional production sectors that has grown in recent years thanks to the improved quality achieved, innovation and an ever-increasing interest in foreign markets. In Apulia, the companies involved in nursery gardening flowers tend to be small and are more-or-less equally divided between those dedicated to nursery plants, and those growing flowers and ornamental plants. Although fewer in number, those specialized in pot plants are also important. Roses, gerberas, lilies, chrysanthemums, carnations, lisianthus, freesias are just some of those grown locally. The cultivation of leafy plants and green and flowering fronds is also carried out, particularly in certain parts of the province of Bari, Taranto e Lecce. Floriculture is highly developed in the areas of Terlizzi (Province of Bari) and around the Taviano and Leverano flower markets in the Salentine.

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The Terre Federiciane Quality Food Farming Production District

The Terre Federiciane Quality Food Farming Production District covers the provinces of Bari and Foggia. Included amongst the main objectives behind the establishment of the district is the innovation of productive structures, improving technological and management processes and infrastructure as well as the conditions under which businesses in the area are able to access credit.
This cluster includes: 767 business, 15 Universities and Research Centres, 3 trade unions, 45 trade associations, 28 local institutes and 10 private associations and consortia.

The Jonico Salentino Quality Food Farming Production District

The Jonico Salentino Quality Food Farming Production District was established with a view to defining new organizational models for businesses in the food farming sector and create spin-off productive activities in the provinces of Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto. To achieve this, the cluster works on the one hand, towards the diversification and enhancement of products, and on the other, to put strategic marketing operations in place that will help the sector and broaden its market.
This cluster includse:
40 business, 3 Universities and Research Centres, 11 trade unions associations, 7 local authorities, public associations and chambers of commerce and 7 private associations, foundations and consortia.

D.A.Re – The food farming technological business cluster

D.A.Re acts as the interface between Apulia’s research network and its food farming sector thanks to the services that support innovation that it provides the businesses and districts involved across the region.
Amongst the main services offered, it sets up negotiations concerning Intellectual Property Licensing, the search for industrial partners interested in scaling up innovation, contracts that make the most of research from the moment a project is first put forward (contract research negotiation), supporting spin-off activities resulting from research and assistance in fund raising (venture and seed capital), as well as the provision of practical services to bodies, institutes and businesses interested in promoting innovative methods and processes. The District includes: 102 business, 12 Research Centres and Universities, 17 public and local bodies, trade union, and sector associations, 2 private associations and foundations.

Apulia’s Nursery Gardening Business Cluster

The cluster was established with a view to supporting regional initiatives and development programmes aimed at improving competitiveness, internationalization and the creation of new businesses in the sector.
Amongst the cluster’s specific objectives are the implementation of new production techniques and methods and the establishment of businesses involved in developing the technology and varietals that will make year round cultivation in the region possible. This District includes: 228 businesses, 11 trade union associations, 4 University and Research Centres and 22 other concerns including local bodies, employer founded and sectorial associations.

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