Food Industry EXPORTS from Latvia
Latvia’s food producers have embraced the challenge of meeting the demand for food that is fresh and natural, while taking advantage of modern technologies to ensure consistency, availability, and safety.
The food and beverage industry is the second largest industrial sector in Latvia, producing around 20 % of the value added in manufacturing in 2014. About 900 companies and registered private merchants are active in the food processing industry.
For obvious geographic reasons, the main export markets for Latvian food processing companies are Lithuania and Estonia. Europe is a large market that consumes many products produced in Latvia: hard cheeses, butter, milk and milk powder, canned fish, fruit and berry preparations, pickles, various grains, meat products, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Latvian fruit and berry preparations are exported and used in the further production of yoghurts, ice creams, and cakes.
Latvian products are in high demand in CIS countries. The quality and taste of our products are highly evaluated here; they have a good reputation that has been established over a long period. Riga Sprats, dairy products, canned meat, and vegetables are particularly well known and in demand because of their excellent quality.In addition to the export markets above, Latvian products are also sold in
- South Africa
- United States
In recent years, strong farmer co-ops such as Latvijas piens (Milk of Latvia) and Piena ceļš (Milky Way) have been established. Both of these co-ops own their own processing factories, where high-quality cheeses, sour cream, and curd are produced and exported all over the world.