Dear visitors and participants,
It is generally known that the AgriFood industry is the most relevant sector for the development of Ukraine’s economy, mainly because of the growing export. In 2017 41.7% of Ukrainian export consisted of agricultural products. The EU is an important export market: the share in Ukrainian export increased by 25% in the last 3 years. In 2017 31.8% of all Ukrainian exported agricultural & food industry products went to the EU. In the 1st half of 2018 agricultural production in Ukraine grew with 11.4% compared to the 1st half of 2017. Ukraine has already become a world player in agricultural business, and shows a steady trend in growth.
Ukraine is a world player in export of sunflower oil & meal (No. 1 globally), barley, wheat, corn, rapeseed, soybeans, poultry meat, honey and walnuts, mostly commodities and/or non-processed products. Vegetables, fruit, berries, and mushrooms also have a high export potential, especially as processed and/or preserved products. The continuous challenge is to add a higher value in processing, packaging and storage technique, and introduce the EU’s practices of sustainable agriculture and systems of food safety control in a broader way. Many Ukrainian food processing companies comply with European and Global food safety standards like HACCP, BRC, IFS and GlobalGAP. Currently 235 Ukrainian enterprises have the right to export to the EU. Professional collective Ukraine branding is crucial to support their marketing and sales strategy. Most relevant is to show Ukraine as an AgriFood country at relevant exhibitions abroad.
The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with some 410 inhabitants per square kilometer (UA: 73/km2). Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of AgriFood products as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass, a clear result of continuous innovations in AgriFood value chains. The Netherlands is ranked #6 among the most innovative countries worldwide, and ranked #2 in Europe with the highest private R&D investment rate in AgriFood. We are ready to share our knowledge, innovations and experience.
That’s why we participate with a Holland Pavilion in the International Exhibition INPRODMASH & UPAKOVKA 2018. In 2017 we will participate under the banner of Partners for International Business FoodTechLink Ukraine, a Dutch Public-Private Partnership in food processing, packaging and cold storage equipment. Through this cooperation we are ready to serve the Ukrainian food processing industry in a professional and collective way. All participating companies have their own specialism and are experienced in export. They believe they can improve their performance and services by collective Dutch cooperation.
A special word of thanks to ACCO International for showing their usual spirit and drive in organizing this international meeting point in Ukraine for food processing and packaging.