New Year:68% of Italians celebrate at home on 66-euro budget

Traditional foods preferred

30 December, 13:37

    New Year:68% of Italians celebrate at home on 66-euro budget New Year:68% of Italians celebrate at home on 66-euro budget

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Italians will spend an average of 66 euros on New Year's dinner, a survey by Coldiretti farmers' association showed Monday.

    At least 47% of respondents have budgeted less than 50 euros, 26% plan to spend 50-100 euros, and 14% will spend 100-200 euros.

    At least 68% said they will bring 2014 in behind closed doors: 28% at home and 40% at the homes of relatives or friends.

    More families are choosing traditional, cheaper Italian products over exotic foods: 81% of Italians will be eating lentils and 73% will consume pork sausage, up 9% over last year, while 5% will splurge on oysters and 4% on caviar (-2% ad -1% respectively).

    Spending on local, seasonal fruit is set to rise by 11% while estimated sales of out-of-season cherries and peaches will shed 1%.

    Almost nine in 10 Italians, or 86%, will imbibe Italian sparkling wine, while 11% said they prefer champagne. A vast majority of Italians also said they won't give up their traditional holiday cakes such as panettone (81%) and pandoro (78%). Coldiretti December 2013 projections show made in Italy exports doing well this holiday season, with sales of wine, sparking wine, grappa, liqueur, panettone, cheese, cold cuts and pasta topping a record 2.7 billion euros.

    The farmers' association sees sales increasing in various product categories, including Italian sparkling wine (+16%), panettone (+14%), wine (+8%), cold cuts (+5%), pasta (+4%) and cheese (+3%). (ANSAmed).

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