The Italian production of poultry meat was 1,374,100 tons in 2021, (+1.14% compared to 2020). The overall turnover of the national poultry meat and egg sector in 2021 amounted to approximately 5,900 million euros (4,830 million for meat, 1,070 million for eggs), confirming the leading role played by the Italian poultry supply chain in the national agribusiness.
Italy produces 105.6% of the chicken meat consumed within the country and 120.8% of the turkey meat. Italy is confirmed as the fifth European producer of poultry meat after Poland, Germany, France, and Spain.
AIA, Amadori and Fileni are the 3 main Italian producers of poultry meat, accounting 85% of the national production and they produce over 90% of the turkey meat (there is only one other turkey producer in Italy). Out of the 27 producers reported in the network map, ten producers are fully integrated and therefore have complete control over the entire poultry meat supply chain, from breeders to processing plants; the others are classified as producers because missing the breeder/hatchery and/or the slaughterhouse and/or the feed mill.
The main provider of animal health related knowledge in Italy is SIPA (Italian Society of Avian Pathology), which the vast majority of Italian practitioner vets involved in the poultry sector are associated to. The main actors of the Italian poultry sector or providers of technical and scientific knowledge to run poultry farming innovatively are as follows.
- 24 Italian producers
- University of Milan
- University of Bologna
- Centre for agricultural research and analysis of agricultural economics
- Istituto Zootecnico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe)
- Coop Italia
- Compassion In World Farming (CIWF)
- Competent Authority for Animal Health