The Italian brewing sector, particularly the agricultural beer sector, has seen significant growth in recent years. The number of producers has nearly quadrupled in the last six years, reaching a share of 22% of national breweries at the end of 2022. Italian breweries, especially agricultural ones, are increasingly growing their own hops and barley, leading to a closer connection with the local community and a growing interest in craft beer.
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However, the Italian brewing sector seems to be a positive exception, as highlighted in the recent report "Craft Beer supply chains and markets" by Unionbirrai-ObiArt (www.unionbirrai.it/it/report-2022/), which photographs the presence of over 1,300 active breweries, with 9,600 direct employees. Preview Earth and Life 31 Subscribe or access the digital newsstand In particular, the trend of the agricultural beer sector appears interesting (Ministerial Decree no. 212/2010) which, in the last six years, has almost quadrupled the number of producers, with a increase, from 2019 to 2022, of 43%, reaching a share of 22% of national breweries at the end of 2022 (source: Unionbirrai-ObiArt). The growing trend of Italian breweries in general, and of agricultural ones in particular, which by their nature pour more than 50% of the raw material grown on the company "into the bottle", focuses attention on the availability of brewing raw material (barley and hops) grown in Italy. According to ...