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Vendemmia 2015, European and World Grape Harvesting data

Posted by on Wednesday December 9th, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Vendemmia 2015 does not betray expectations, showing tangible growth and significant numbers: EU countries have experienced an average increase in production of 2.7% with 171.2 million hectolitres compared to 166.7 the previous year. The result referred by Copa Cogeca  (the body bringing together farmers and their cooperatives in the EU) is excellent, which, once again, marks Italy ­as the leader – the only country to exceed the threshold of 50 million hectolitres – holding first place ahead of France and Spain, respectively with a level of 47.6 and 40.6 million. “Italy is the last European country to close harvesting – commented Palma Esposito of Confagricoltura – this occurs as a result of the variety of different areas of land and climatic conditions that characterise our country, the only one where harvesting lasts three months. Compared to last year, we...

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Beer: strong growth in responsible consumption among women

Posted by on Friday December 4th, 2015 in Beverage | 0 comments

Italian women discover beer. According to recent research by Doxa and commissioned by AssoBirra, Italy is the country with the highest number of women who drink beer. These statistics look all the more significant if combined with the other data relating to consumption, according to which Italian consumers have a more responsible approach towards bear: if it is true that 6 women out of 10 drink beer with their meals, it is proven that 80% of them still prefer having a classic 33 cl glass of lager with a pizza. Given these revealing statistics, AssoBirra itself decided to honour beer-lovers by launching the “Birra io t’adoro” campaign: this is the first campaign in 30 years and is designed to promote new habits of young women, now used to comfortably doing things once considered to be only for men, like...

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Palm oil: an open debate about health and sustainability

Posted by on Tuesday November 24th, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Featured in the vast majority of the products we use on an everyday basis, over the last year palm oil sparked off a huge debate about its growing use and the damage that this ingredient seems to cause to health and the environment. The matter acquired great visibility from 13 December last year onwards, when a number of European laws imposed to explicitly declare ingredients on the labels of food and cosmetics: this way, millions of consumers discovered that the ‘vague’ expression “vegetable oils and fats” concealed a high percentage of palm oil, an ingredient often accused of increasing cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. Although deriving from plants, palm oil has atypical features. Indeed, due to its chemical composition it is more similar to butter and it is used instead of butter in a...

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Parabens: the effects on our body and on that of our children

Posted by on Tuesday November 17th, 2015 in No food | 0 comments

Parabens are synthetic preservatives largely used in cosmetics. They have an antibacterial and antifungal action that slows down the decomposition of the product due to the action of fungi and microbes that proliferate thanks to the favourable environment consisting of water, proteins and sugar –typical elements found in lotions and food that can carry diseases, including serious ones. Therefore parabens ensure a long shelf life for lotions, shampoo, soap, deodorants and sun cream, retaining their features and extending their shelf life. Used for years in cosmetics, these substances are now in the limelight due to recent studies that have highlighted a number of side effects. According to experts, parabens interfere with our hormonal system and especially with the activity of estrogens, female hormones, causing infertility and issues during pregnancy. Precisely the latter was examined by in-depth research, which studied...

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Leap in exports of Italian wine abroad

Posted by on Tuesday November 10th, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Italy confirmed as home to good wine. With a production of over 48 million hectolitres (official data from the European Commission), the 2015 grape harvest led our country to clearly overtake long-standing rivals like France and Spain and strengthen its leadership in one of the few sectors of the economy still full of potential. “We are nearing the goal of 5.5 bn of value for wine exports – declared Unione Italiana Vini president Domenico Zonin, while commenting recent data from Istat on the first 7 months of 2015 – statistics have highlighted a drop of volumes, which reported -3.1% in total, which was however echoed by 5% growth for DOP products. This information must lead to a general reflection on future production strategies, based on an outstanding harvesting to say the least. A real boom for wine exports, led...

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