The Dutch government has called on British food companies to look to the Netherlands as a gateway to the European food market.
The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural ingredients after the United States, with strong government investment in the agri-food sector. The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) says that British companies – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – can increase their productivity, and help meet the world’s changing demand for food by working together with the Dutch food sector.
Ties Elzinga, executive director of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) said: “The accessibility of the Netherland for British companies makes it the perfect country to begin European operations. As well as the existing agri-food infrastructure, the port and proximity to other major European cities makes the Netherlands the perfect first step. Many have already found that it makes a great place to gain a foothold before expanding operations into other geographies.
“The potential is vast and the productivity which is consistently emanating from the Netherlands will be a key driver in attracting an even bigger business presence here. In turn, we will produce the much needed increase in food that the world requires as the global population escalates.”
The NFIA also highlighted the Dutch food industry’s strong links with academia and expertise in sustainability and innovation.
Elzinga said: “Innovative steps are being taken and opportunities are there for British companies to utilise these results, and even be a part of their progression.”
NFIA holds seminars exploring the potential for foreign food company investment in the Netherlands. More information can be found online here .