In its recent history, the FVG Region has been characterised by its agricultural productivity and its consequent ability to turn this production into food products.
A fair amount of agricultural land available in the plain is used for the cultivation of cereals and protein crops (of which 13000 ha are organic or being converted), the products of which are then transformed into food and non-food products.
The grape value chain is a leader in the production of vine plants, white wines, red wines, sparkling wines, spirits, and the dedicated equipment. The forestry resources in the mountain and foothill zones feed the wood biomass sector (cellulose and paper) as well as the construction sector. In addition, the woods are being enhanced using native crops (chestnut and hazelnut).
The livestock and fish farming sectors (both in sea and sweet waters) and the processing of products are also aimed at enhancing secondary by-products and materials. Last but not least, there is the coffee hub located in Trieste, which offers cases of international excellence.
From 2012 to today, the number of food companies is again growing and has almost reached pre-crisis levels. There are 14,626 companies active in the primary sector and 1,159 in the secondary sector; it is difficult to estimate the amount of smaller suppliers and service providers. 15,000 employees work in the primary sector and 8,200 in the secondary sector. 132 Mln euro and 758 Mln euro is the volume of exports in the primary and secondary sectors. The added value is 585 million euro for the primary sector and 501 million euro for the secondary sector. (Source: Website Cluster agroalimentare FVG - Infocamere)