The demand for Italian agri-food products in foreign markets is robust, showing consistent increased growth and market penetration with the rising popularity of global food culture, and an increased focus on good-quality, healthy and eco-conscious products: it is no surprise that the world looks to Italy to fill its growing quest for the highest quality ingredients.
The increased consumer demand for access to better food is undeniable and, as expectations become more particular, the power of Italian cuisine will continue to be called upon for its delicacy and wide variety of products and centuries-old recipes. The rich and diverse micro-climates of the country's many regions and the high-quality raw ingredients have helped establish Italy as the most approachable and identifiable ethnic cuisine across the globe. Furthermore, the various regional authenticating designations such as PGI, DOC, DOCG and, PDO, combined with the oversight of the Italian national security agencies, will help to ensure the authentication and integrity of the products, boosting consumer confidence and trust.
Notwithstanding the positive scenario, Italian small and medium enterprises, ("SMEs"), are not able to take advantage of the opportunities in the international market due to structural and systemic barriers.
The inability to scale, limited financial resources or know-how, and lack of logistics support are some of the biggest impediments SMEs face. Not only do these issues keep wonderful Italian products from gaining the global recognition and audience they deserve, but it keeps these companies from enjoying the benefit of growth through the export market. Admittedly, there are many hurdles and obstacles that impede the importation process of Italian food products abroad. Namely, there's a lack of product knowledge, difficulty in gathering a varied portfolio of products; trouble in financing an export operations; and last but not least, the burden of dealing with customs regulations and documentation.
This is IF&B's challenge!
IF&B aims to be the point of reference in the Food Service Distribution Market at an international level. IF&B is a full-service specialized division that covers the entire process of exporting Italian Food & Beverage specialties.IF&B is the perfect partner for:
- Fully outsourced procurement services for Italian Food & Beverage specialties
- Integrated logistics and product consolidation (supply chain management)
- Commercial and distribution partnerships with local importers/distributors everywhere around the globe
The name "Cremonini" is synonymous with Italian excellence in the agro-food sector.
The Group, founded by Luigi Cremonini in 1963, is distinguished both nationally and internationally and it plays a leading role in Beef Production, Distribution to Foodservice and commercial & "on concession" Catering.
To this day, Production, Distribution for Ho.Re.Ca and Catering represent the company's 3 main pillars and IF&B was born from this legacy, to share this unique breadth of experience with its foreign partners and stakeholders.
Our operating model is divided by functions: purchasing, logistics, sales, quality assurance, marketing, legal, and, supply chain management. Each division is led by subject matter experts. Executive committee: a team of senior members of the IF&B management team are in charge to oversee the coordination of daily activities of each division and determines the overall strategic guidelines. Proprietary intranet software and interactive web portal: these tools are designed to achieve maximum speed, efficiency and transparency in the execution of all processes.