Poland is the 6th largest food producer in the EU with total sales of around EUR 40 billion and food industry is one of the biggest Polish industrial sectors. According to the 2013 data from the Central Statistical Offi ce (GUS) its share in total manufacturing production was 19.6% and its share in employment was close to 18%. It is a matured and well established sector facing stable demand conditions. It is one of the most attractive Polish sectors from the point of view of foreign investors.
Meat, diary, fruits and vegetables and sugar are the most competitive parts of the Polish food industry on international markets. Although currently the sector is strongly dominated by SMEs (Small and Medium Entreprises the share of large enterprises in total production is constantly increasing.
This sector in Poland is characterized by high international competitiveness and ability to increase exports even in adverse international economic conditions . It resulted in strong acceleration in of international trade volumes. Over the last 3 years – since 2010 to 2013, the exports of Polish food industry increased by 25% reaching USD 14 billion.
Constant quality improvement is one of the main competitive factors of the Polish food industry. Its competitiveness has also been constantly improving thanks to increasing effi ciency of production organization leading to increased labor and capital productivity. This sector is also well known for its innovative solutions resulting in development of new products and visible expansion to international markets. The success of Polish food industry is also a result of the large supply of well educated and skilled workforce. More than 3000 students graduate every year from faculties directly related to this industry such as Food Sciences and Bioengineering of Food Production. Strong position of the sector on Polish labor market results is large number experienced and skilled workers available for potential investors. Polish domestic market for food products is also very attractive. It has been one of the fastest growing countries in the EU since the beginning of the economic crisis. Its macroeconomic economic situation is stable and the success of the recent years is well founded on robust domestic demand. Following increasing incomes the preferences of Polish food consumers are also changing. The quality and variety of the products are of growing importance.
According to the last available data from the Central Bank food and drink industry is one of the dominating sectors of foreign investments in Poland. The current stock of investments in this sector is close to USD 14 billion and it is 19% of total manufacturing FDI to Poland.
Kernel Holding, Nestle, Cargill, Ferrero, Coca-Cola, Danone, Kraft-Foods, Mars, Pfeifer&Langen and Kofola are among the biggest companies in Polish food industry in 2013. They owe several of top 20 of food and drink industry companies in Poland according to revenues.

Kernel Holding, Nestle, Cargill, Ferrero, Coca-Cola, Danone, Kraft-Foods, Mars, Pfeifer&Langen and Kofola are among the biggest investors in Polish food industry in recent years. They owe several of top 20 of food and drink industry companies in Poland according to revenues.
According to the last sectoral report prepared by PAIiIZ Polish food industry is concentrated in several voivodships with dominating position of Mazowieckie, Śląskie and Wielkopolskie.

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