Netherlands: Food Processing Ingredients

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   NL2023-0004

The turnover of the Dutch food processing industry in 2021 (most recent data available) was valued at $83 billion. There are more than 8,000 food processing companies active in the Netherlands and together they account for an estimated 150,000 jobs. The industry is largely depends on imported (unprocessed) ingredients. The majority of its finished goods, however, are sold in foreign markets. The food processing report also highlights the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the Dutch food processing industry. High energy prices and rising prices for raw materials (coupled with increasing wages) have challenged many food companies. The report also provides a road map and overview of import requirements and standards for U.S. exporters that wish to enter the Dutch market, as well as a summary of the competitive situation U.S. suppliers face in the Dutch food processing sector.

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