It is generally known that the AgriFood industry is the most relevant sector for the development of Ukraine’s economy, mainly because of the high export potential. Agricultural production in 2016 amounted to $ 640 billion, or 18% of GDP. In 2016 some 42% of Ukrainian export consisted of agricultural products, of which more than 27% went to Europe. Agricultural lands constitute 41,5 million hectares, or some 70% of the territory of Ukraine. Ukraine has already become a world player in agricultural business, and has high potential for further growth.
As an agricultural country Ukraine is the number 1 global producer and exporter of sunflower oil and meal. Ukraine is also a world player in export of 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 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. More Ukrainian exporters are complying with European and Global food safety standards like HACCP, BRC, IFS and GLOBALG.A.P.
The Netherlands is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of AgriFood products, the 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 with Ukrainian food processing companies. Our experienced Dutch suppliers of food processing equipment, packaging lines, storage technology and logistics will be glad to support AgriFood companies in their process of transition!
We have formed a consortium of 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.
Partners for International Business (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, confirmed by HACCP, BRC, IFS and GLOBALG.A.P. certificates.
PIB FoodTechLink Ukraine focuses on the most promising food processing sectors in Ukraine:
• Fruit & Vegetables
• Industrial Bakery & Confectionery