The manufacturing industry is supported by a modern and dynamic tertiary sector of administrative and financial services, IT and ICT, research and communications and a credit sector system. A network of bodies, institutes and promotion structures work to ensure that studies and technologies are constantly being disseminated and updated. A decisive role is played by local public institutions, which provide a large range of service infrastructures to businesses. Prestigious private and public institutions work to make the “Parma” brand unique within the agro-food sector.
These include Alma- the International School of Italian Cuisine and the most authoritative training centre for Italian cuisine worldwide, and the Stazione Sperimentale per le conserve alimentari - the Experimental Station for the Food Preserves Industry – one of the most qualified applied research institutes in the sector. The market for typical produce and commodities is also backed by the Borsa Merci Telematica italiana the Italian Online Commodities Exchange – a futures exchange tool. Last but not least is Fiere di Parma – Parma’s trade fair centre. Its main events, Cibus and Cibus Tec, have become key reference points for professionals in the trade from around the world. Parma’s tradition in food and agriculture is one that is time-honoured, and has long been a commitment shared by the entire area. Its efforts were crowned in 2003 when Parma was chosen as the headquarters for EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority.