September 9, 2020

Food Accademia brings a taste of Italy to TR Marketplace

Food Accademia - a rapidly growing supplier of top quality, authentic and original Italian fine foods and beverages for travel retail sale and foodservice  – is delighted to be taking part in this year’s inaugural TR Marketplace, organized by TR Business.

Food Accademia - a rapidly growing supplier of top quality, authentic and original Italian fine foods and beverages for travel retail sale and foodservice  – is delighted to be taking part in this year’s inaugural TR Marketplace, organized by TR Business.

Says Food Accademia CEO Fabrizio Canal: “With the cancellation of TFWA WE this year, TR Marketplace comes at the perfect time for us. Like so many brands affected by Covid-19 – and particularly those for whom travel retail is the main focus – 2020 has proved financially very difficult, with business coming to a practical standstill. But, with travel beginning to open up again, we must look ahead and we must be prepared. TR Marketplace provides us with an extremely cost-effective mechanism for showcasing our variety of Italian brands to retailers globally, to ‘virtually’ meet with our existing and hopefully new customers, introduce our latest new lines, and to rebuild our business as we head towards 2021.

“The timing – to coincide with when we would have been in Cannes – works perfectly for us. It means we have plenty of time to follow up with our retail partners during the last quarter to firm up orders and kickstart our road to recovery stronger than ever!”

 Food Accademia was created by Fabrizio Canal  in 2015 to offer top quality, authentic Italian fine foods to travel retail and now works with approaching 50 brands, collectively bringing together the very best that the country has to offer.  “We have seen steady growth over the last three years and by 2019 were working successfully with leading retailers including Lagardere and Dufry at airports not just in Italy but with growing distribution in Europe. This was not just for retail sale, but we were enjoying a developing foodservice business for products such as meats and cheeses, as well as wines for pouring.”

Canal believes strongly that Italian fine foods have huge potential in travel retail outside Italy. “Our team is able to select the right products according to culture and market trends in each country and region,” he continues. “Our specialists can suggest the best product portfolio for each business opportunity including retail formats: food courts, coffee and beer shops, restaurants etc.”

Food Accademia will come to TR Marketplace with a brand new website optimized to showcase its offering to global travel retail buyers and exciting news regarding its latest brand partners and merchandising support. Most of all, they believe they have a concept that has more potential than ever. 

“We know very well that consumers in the ‘new normal’ will not be purchasing in the same way as before. What we do believe is that priorities will be different. Lockdown in many countries has seen families and individuals with much more time on their hands – time when they have rediscovered the kitchen, cooking from scratch rather than ‘quickly prepared meals’. They have discovered new recipes, new ideas – and a new love of fine foods and cooking. We believe that travellers will now be far more interested in the availability of unique, authentic and quality fine foods, wines and spirits that they can take home with them or gift to friends and family. We are here to provide the perfect selection.”


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