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. 41,7% of Ukrainian export consisted of agricultural products in 2017. The EU is an important export market: the share in Ukrainian export increased by 25% in the last 3 years. 31,8% of all Ukrainian exported agricultural & food industry products went to the EU in 2017. In the 1st half of 2018 Ukrainian agricultural production grew by 11,4% compared to the 1st half 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 GlobalG.A.P. In August 2018 already 235 Ukrainian enterprises have the right to export to the EU.

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!

Partners for International Business (PIB) FoodTechLink Ukraine is a Dutch Public-Private Partnership in food processing, packaging and cold storage equipment. We have formed a consortium of independent Dutch companies that have a long experience of doing business abroad, most of them also in Ukraine. Our participants are complementary in their scope of activities. They strongly believe that by joining forces – and under the flag of Holland Branding – they can reach much better marketing and commercial results. As a group these companies have agreed to collaborate with the Dutch government to enter the Ukrainian market in a renewed way, as a Public-Private Partnership with focus on food safety, food security and chain management.

PIB FoodTechLink Ukraine has been formalized on 25 March 2015 by signing a covenant between the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and a consortium of Dutch companies. The cooperation gives Dutch equipment suppliers the opportunity to compete for large projects in the Ukrainian food processing industry. This means the installation of complete processing & packaging lines, inclusive temperature controlled storage facilities and waste water treatment installations. These processing lines meet the regular standards of food safety in the EU.

PIB FoodTechLink Ukraine focuses on the most promising food processing sectors in Ukraine:
• Fruit & Vegetables
• Industrial Bakeries & Confectionery
• Dairy
• Meat