With an exhibition area covering over 20.000 m2, FierAvicola once again confirms its place as Italy’s leading trade show and one of Europe’s most high-profile B2B events for poultry production and processing.
This three-day event is the most adequate meeting place for poultry industry professionals, and the perfect strategic shop window where high level international business relations can be developed, thanks also to the central location of Forlì among the markets of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Region.
FierAvicola is organized every 2 years in Forlì, the capital city of the Italian Aviculture with some 200 exhibiting companies and 10,000 expected visits in 2019; the event refers to all products and services concerned by the poultry chain. FierAvicola's mission, that has placed it among the most high-profile international poultry trade fairs, is going on even in 2019: the main goal for this edition consist in presenting and enhancing the excellences in the whole poultry supply chain, focusing on equipment and other products to producers and processors of meat and eggs.
In 2019 FierAvicola focuses on the animal welfare in antibiotic-free breeding, a theme that will be at the center of a three-day events program aimed to promote smart methods to improve efficiency, quality and sustainability in poultry breeding.
Today, 120 billion eggs are produced every year in the European Union, that is 7.5 million tons. Italy, with about 650,000 tons per year, is one of the most important egg producers in Europe, while in 2017 the production of poultry meat in our country amounted to 1,354,000 tons. In 2017 the turnover in Italy of the poultry industry was 5,850 million euros (a slight increase compared to 5,450 million in 2016): the poultry chain employs today almost 40,000 workers and is made up of over 18,500 farms. Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Veneto are the three regions which cover almost half of the national egg production, i.e. 10,2 billion in 2017. In the Emilia-Romagna region, the poultry chain represents 20% of the entire national value, with 1,800 companies, a turnover of 2 billion 600 million a year and over 60 thousand employees.
Some 42 million hens are bred each year in Italy on intensive farms. Forlì is in fact the Italian capital of the egg production: in a few months the National Egg Commission will be established in the "Palazzo di Vetro" located right next to the Exhibition Center; the White Meat Market will continue to be housed in the same premises, too. This fact represents the acknowledgement of the central role that Forlì has acquired in the poultry business in the recent last years.
The care and welfare of animals is directly reflected in the quality of meat and eggs. In terms of animal welfare, awareness raising towards Italian breeders is very strong, aimed at reducing, and if possible eliminating, the use of antibiotics. The trials launched in the last two years have yielded better results than expected and even today a significant part of Italian poultry production is antibiotic-free. The forecast and the main goal are for marking a further decrease in the next few years, until it becomes a residual fact.