November 2 2018  |  Confectionery & Fine Foods

The best of Italian food for duty free

By Jas Ryat

Food Accademia has found its feet in the travel retail sector, bringing high-quality Italian ingredients to duty free stores worldwide. Attending the TFWA World Exhibition and Conference in Cannes for the third year running, the company showcased its select but diverse portfolio of high-quality ingredients from Italy’s world-famous store cupboard.

Food Accademia aims to fill a void of luxury Italian foods in duty free

The company has the exclusive travel retail rights to distribute all the brands under its portfolio, making the best of Italian cuisine available in duty free stores worldwide.

“Italy is a long country and we have brought together food from the very north to the very south,” said Fabrizio Canal, General Director, Food Accademia. The range encompasses many of the country’s core culinary products, from Acquerello rice grown in the northern region of Piedmont to Sicilian marmalade sourced in the south.

There’s also a range of Olive oils from across the country – “because it tastes very different depending on where it comes from”- supplied by a brand called Operaolei, as well as gourmet chocolate by Zaini Milano.

A frequent traveler, he decided to set up the company after noticing that Italian food in airports often fails to showcase the true quality of the cuisine and spotted a gap in the market. “Nowadays I think passengers are prepared to pay a bit more for that high quality product,” he explained

The firm would like to expand its presence in the US market as there is a large Italian community present

Currently, Europe remains the company’s strongest market but with duty free sales surging, Canal hopes to build on a growing presence in the US, where there is a existing demand from the large Italian community.

He is also eyeing the Asia market for future expansion.

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