Milan and Italy the host nation
As its aims demonstrate, this Expo - dedicated to food safety, security and quality- is intended to stimulate the regional and national economies and showcase Italy's - and Milan's - outstanding qualities when it comes to food.
The quality of the Italian cuisine is well known and appreciated all over the world. Italian food is loved because it is healthy; it is authentic, because Italians' passion for the quality and taste of food, their regional cuisine and produce, the country's biodiversity and the health of its people and animals are all part of the Italian culture of living well. The Italian food industry (the nation's second largest) includes no fewer than 36,000 family firms and medium-sized companies, half a million workers, and an annual turnover of €100bn. This ingredient of Italian excellence stems from centuries spent honing farmers' skills, refining production methods and improving agriculture management methods.