Record agri export from Holland in 2016!
Dutch agricultural exports set a new record in 2016 at almost 94 billion euros ($100 billion), ensuring the tiny country remains the world's number two exporter of such goods after the United States.
The Dutch agricultural ministry announced Friday the country of just 17 million people had exported some 85 billion euros of agricultural goods and almost nine billion euros in "materials, know-how and technology" in the sector.
The bumper crop ensures the Netherlands retains its place as Europe's biggest exporter of agricultural goods, the statistics office said in a statement.
"We don't have a lot of available space in The Netherlands," Caspar Itz, agriculture ministry spokesman, told AFP. "We have had to invest heavily in innovation and research in order to get maximum profit from our agriculture."
The "Made in Holland" label is "no longer just synonymous with pretty tulips and good cheese," said Deputy Agriculture Minister Martijn van Dam, adding in a statement that the agricultural sector made up almost 20 percent of the low-lying country's total exports. The biggest successes are potatoes, fruit, tomatoes and vegetables, followed by livestock and meat, floriculture and then dairy products and eggs.
About a quarter of all exports head for Germany, with much of the rest going to Belgium, Britain and France.
12 of the world’s largest agrifood companies have major production or R&D sites in Holland, including Cargill, Heinz, Unilever, Mead Johnson, ConAgra, Mars and many more.
Fueled by world-class research institutes for food innovation, medical universities and numerous public-private partnerships between science, industry and government, the Netherlands has the 2nd highest private R&D investment in agrifood in Europe.
The Netherlands, long Europe’s trading crossroads, is a smart choice to locate a pan- European operation — whether it’s a European headquarters, a shared services center, a customer care center, a distribution and logistics operation, or an R&D facility.
Source: Holland Trade & Invest