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Peanut Made in Italy: back on the market after almost 50 years

A conference to implement the rebirth of the Italian peanut supply chain

The press conference for the rebirth of the Italian peanut supply chain was held today 10 September. The meeting took place at the headquarters of SIS, Società Italiana Sementi, a company of the agro-industrial group BF Spa, the only company with 100% Italian capital, today present in the seed sector.

Among the participants: Ettore Prandini president of Coldiretti, the managing director of BF SpA and SIS Federico Vecchioni , the councilor for agriculture of the Emilia-Romagna Region Alessio Mammi , Mauro Tonello president of the SIS, the head of the economic area of Coldiretti Gianluca Lelli , and Mattia Noberasco CEO of Noberasco.

Focus of the conference: the Italian peanut and the desire to rediscover a product that today is completely obscured by its foreign antagonist. The peanut in Italy is mainly imported from: Israel, Egypt and the United States of America. The goal for the next few years is to increase the agricultural and industrial aspects necessary to develop the production of peanuts on the national territory. The aim is to cultivate over thirty thousand hectares.

Vecchioni said: "Once again what made possible an important project like this was the ability of the operators of the agro-industrial chain to create alliances. They are the protagonists of the future of Italian agriculture, the alliances made up of all those subjects - such as Gruppo BF Spa, SIS, Noberasco - which are able to join forces to achieve a common goal - consumer well-being - subverting the paradigm that saw agriculture, industry, processing and distribution in unbalanced roles , opposed and antithetical".

A 'team game', therefore, to bring about the rebirth of the Italian peanut supply chain. Tonello, in his speech, specifies that the protagonist of this project is not simply the peanut, but the whole of Italian quality agriculture, which is going to regain possession of a supply chain that had been lost over time because it was considered 'not convenient'. "We are proud to announce the birth of the Italian peanut supply chain which returns to the market after almost 50 years. Reviving a supply chain means restarting a set of skills, know-how, investments in agriculture, industry and fundamental applied research in a context of economic recovery", comments the president of the SIS.

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