Food & Food Processing Sector in Poland
Food Sector in Poland
Within the last 25 years, the Polish food sector underwent considerable transformation. It was one of the sectors quickest to rebound after the crisis related to the systemic transformation (after the fall of communism) becoming a major stimulator of economic growth. Owing to constant technical, technological and organizational development of the sector, Poland became one of the leading modern and innovative European food manufacturers. This, among others, contributed to the spectacular export success of Polish companies.
The factor considerably accelerating the growth of the sector was Polish accession to the European Union in 2004. This entailed a broad stream of subsidies, both before and after the accession, allowing for the adaptation of manufacturing plants to EU standards. The opening of European markets prompted an over three-fold (from EUR 5 billion in 1994 to EUR 17.5 billion in 2012) growth of the export of agricultural and food products. Economic integration also meant the inflow of numerous foreign investments to Poland; these are a significant source of innovation, among others, for the food sector.
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Food Processing Sector in Poland
The agri-food sector in Poland has been for many years one of teh key branches of the Polish economy.