Observatory of the performance of Italian businesses in the food and beverage sector

Main branch of study: Innovation

Name of project: Food Industry Monitor. Observatory of the performance of Italian businesses in the food and beverage sector

Aims: analysis of the economic and competitive performance of leading Italian businesses in the food and beverage sector

Project leader: Carmine Garzia

Other lecturers involved: Michele Fino

Project Manager: Francesco Maria Gentile

Partnership: Ceresio Investors

Project Overview

The Food Industry Monitor is a long-term scientific research project developed by the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) in partnership with Ceresio Investors. The observatory has a dual objective:

  • To create a map of the evolution of economic and financial performance of a representative sample of companies in the sector, over a sufficiently-long period of time;
  • To identify top performers of each segment in the Food and Beverage sector in order to analyze distinctive features of their business models.


Edition 2019

The fifth edition of the observatory analyzes the evolution of performances of over 800 companies with an aggregate turnover of around 63 billion Euros. The sample represents the 71% of all capital companies operating in the Sector.

The analysis was developed taking into consideration 15 segments of the food and beverage sector for each of which a representative sample, made up by medium-sized and large businesses with strategic and operational sites based in Italy, was selected.

  • The analysis of businesses’ performances waswere conducted for each single segment and for the whole F&B Sector for the period of time between 2009 and 2018;
  • Businesses’ performances were analyzed referring to four main profiles: growth, profitability, productivity financial structure;
  • For each segment, a specific analysis on performances of the 20 companies with the highest turnover was carried out;
  • Top performer segments of the whole F&B Sector were identified;
  • By analyzing the performances of four groups of companies defined four different business model used by wine companies a focus on wine sector was developed;
  • An analysis on packaging for the food segment was carried out, with particular reference to companies producing bioplastic packaging;
  • Projections for biennium 2019-2020 were developed in order to highlight growth, profitability and export projections in different segments of the F&B Sector;
  • A specific analysis on different business models and also on the impact that some strategic business choices may have on business performances, was developed.


Analyzed segments

  • Mineral waters;
  • Beer;
  • Coffee;
  • Preserved foods;
  • Spirits;
  • Confectionery and bakery products;
  • Flours;
  • Food equipment: machineries and tools for food and beverage production;
  • Packaging: made up of bioplastics, plastic, aluminium and carboard;
  • Milk and dairy products;
  • Oils and fats;
  • Fresh and dried Pasta;
  • Meat products;
  • Frozen food;
  • Wine: cooperatives, integrated producers, trader and producers of Spumante and Prosecco.

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