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Explore the universe of Europe’s Food and Drink SMEs
SMEs represents 99% of all businesses in the EU. In the past five years, they have created 85% of new jobs and provided two-thirds of total private sector employment.
During the networking event named “Small Scale, Big Impact” and organised by FoodDrinkEurope, Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, stated: “I firmly believe that our food and drink SMEs epitomise so much of what is great about European business”.
There are 289,000 food and drink companies in Europe; 9 in 10 are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). They are present in every region and stand for both tradition and innovation in our industry.
These companies produce a vast range of food and drink products, satisfying the diverse and continuously changing needs of Europe’s 500 million consumers and a multitude of other customers worldwide.
Food and drink SMEs employ local workforces – 2.8 million workers in total. They source their raw materials mostly from Europe. This makes them essential actors in our economy and a key component of Europe’s food and drink sector, which is the EU’s largest manufacturing industry and globally ranks as the largest exporter of food and drink products.
Do you want to know more about Europe’s Food and Drink SMEs? Browse through the web platform developed by FoodDrinkEurope!
FoodDrinkEurope’s permanent secretariat, based in Brussels, maintains close contacts with European and international institutions and is a significant partner in consultations on all issues affecting Europe’s food and drink industry.
The secretariat coordinates the work of more than 700 experts around four themes: food and consumer policy (food safety and science, nutrition and health), environmental sustainability and competitiveness.
FoodDrinkEurope’s mission is to facilitate the development of an environment in which all European food and drink companies can meet the needs of consumers and society while competing effectively for sustainable growth.
The web platform is the result of an intimate dialogue associating the FoodDrinkEurope’s communication team with the creative digital unit of the communication agency, Page in extremis.
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