Poland is well-known as a major supplier of processed food and beverages in the European Union. Presently, the food processing sector in Poland is the largest in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the seventh-largest in the European Union, as a whole.
According to government data, nearly 2,600 firms were employed in the food processing industry in 2014, generating a total turnover of USD 64 billion.
Poland is also a major producer and supplier of various categories of processed and un-processed food and beverage products. For instance, in 2014 alone, it produced 657 thousand tones of processed cheese products. Similarly, in the same year, Polish breweries produced 38.095 thousand hl of beer.
The large domestic market, ease of doing business in Poland, as well as its attractive location at the heart of the European Union have also been driving major foreign processed food and beverage manufacturers to invest in Poland.
At present, the domestic demand for food and beverage products has been estimated at being around PLN 170 billion (around USD 40.5 billion), with nearly 60% of domestic demand being met from domestic manufacturers.
According to the Polish Information & Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), the food and beverage processing sector in Poland received foreign investments to the tune of USD 1.7 billion during the period 2004 – 2014.
Almost all the major international food and beverage processing companies are present in Poland today. These include: Coca Cola Beverages, PepsiCo, Nestle, Heineken, Unilever and Danone.
Further information on the Polish food and beverages processing industry can be found from the following web sources:
The Polish Federation of Food Producers: http://pfpz.pl/index/
The Polish Federation of Milk Producers: http://www.portalmleczarski.pl/
The Polish Meat Products Federation: http://polskie-mieso.pl/en/home/
The Polish Information & Foreign Investment Agency: http://www.paiz.gov.pl/