Italmercati – the Italian wholesale markets network – is a business network that offers extensive knowledge in the agrifoods sectors and is aimed at returning centrality to markets and operators. This national network includes 20 of the most important Italian agrifood hubs, with the goal of increasing the impact of individual companies through a unitary representation of all markets belonging to one network, with a unified framework for quality and regulatory processes. As a key participant of Italmercati, CAAB and CAAB Advisory are some of the most important partners of the Italmercati network and has access to the entire network of national and international agrifood markets and business partners. Learn more here.

Il CAAB, Centro Agroalimentare di Bologna è uno dei principali attori di Italmercati, insieme a  Emilia Romagna Mercati RETE DI IMPRESE – Regional Network.

In collaboration with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering School of Engineering of the University of Bologna (UNIBO), CAAB works closely with UNIBO to study the feasibility of constructing a metropolitan laboratory for a local energy community within CAAB, in order to optimize the management of energy communities. The development of these energy communities increases energy flow within the community, and also aids the use of energy storage, flexibility and transition to electromobility. Learn more here.

FieldRobotics è un’azienda tecnologica a carattere scientifico fondata nel 2022 a Bologna. I sistemi sono stati sviluppati con il gruppo di ricerca in ingegneria dell’automazione e sistemi di controllo dell’Università di Bologna.
FieldRobotics ha due principali aree di applicazione:

  • agricoltura e in particolare quella in serra e l’agricoltura eroica
  • ricerca e salvataggio in alta montagna e in mare aperto.


CAAB Advisory, in qualità di consulente strategico, ha elaborato un pacchetto di servizi di consulenza:

  • analizzare i potenziali mercati dell’AgriBusiness per individuare quelli più adatti
  • produrre un Business Plan efficace da presentare ai potenziali investitori
  • partecipare a diverse fiere nazionali e internazionali come EXPO Dubai 2020, MacFrut, FruitLogistica,… al fine di dare massima visibilità e fare rete.


Grazie alle attività svolte, sono stati raggiunti diversi risultati e i prodotti riscontrato un notevole successo.

Bologna Business School (formerly known as Alma Graduate School) is the business school of the University of Bologna. CAAB Advisory in close collaboration with Bologna Business School, and it provides its advisory services to entrepreneurs and start-ups participating in Start-Up Ecosystem Day, an event organized by Bologna Business School. The event aims to foster interactions between the best national and international start-ups with students, faculty and the BBS Community, in order to accelerate and grow their business projects. Learn more here.

Agency of Energy and Sustainable Development (AESS) is a legally recognized, non-profit association for the sustainable energy development of the territory. As of 2019, and in partnership with CAAB, AESS is the coordinator of the EU Commission funded Green Energy COmmunity (GECO) project, which is an Energy Community in the Pilastro-Roveri district of Bologna, which aims to manage and optimize the production and consumption of electricity at the community level. The GECO Energy Community will be able to generate social impacts and benefits through reduced prices of energy; increase employment opportunities; implement use of smart technologies for monitoring consumption; and optimization of energy exchange within the grid. Learn more here.

FICO (Fabbrica Italiana Contadina) is a food-themed park located in Bologna, Italy. Opened in 2017, FICO is dedicated to celebrating Italian culinary excellence, offering visitors an immersive experience in the world of food and culinary traditions. The park spans a vast area and includes restaurants, markets, educational areas, and spaces dedicated to agricultural and food production. FICO serves as a landmark for those wishing to explore Italian gastronomic culture through tastings, workshops, and thematic pathways.

Stefano Boeri Architetti is a renowned architectural firm based in Milan, Italy, founded by Stefano Boeri. The firm is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to sustainable architecture and urban planning. Stefano Boeri Architetti focuses on integrating nature into urban environments, with iconic projects such as the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) in Milan, which features residential towers covered in trees and plants. The firm’s work spans various scales and typologies, including residential, commercial, and cultural buildings, as well as master planning and landscape design. Their projects aim to create harmonious and sustainable living spaces that enhance the quality of urban life.

Ernst & Young, commonly known as EY, is a global professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. EY is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms and offers a wide range of services, including audit, tax, consulting, and advisory services. With a strong commitment to building a better working world, EY helps businesses, governments, and individuals address complex challenges and achieve their goals. The firm operates in over 150 countries and serves clients across various industries, providing expertise in areas such as financial services, technology, healthcare, and more. EY is known for its focus on innovation, digital transformation, and sustainable growth, helping clients navigate the evolving business landscape.