Food & beverage industry

Food industry

Food industry is the fourth largest industry in Finland and the largest manufacturer of consumer goods. The whole food chain employs over 300 000 persons, which represents 12% of the employed labour force. Those working directly in the food industry comprise a share of 33 000 people.

The largest branches of the food industry are meat processing, dairy products and beverage industry. Other vivid fields are bread and cookies, chocolate and sweets.

In Finland, there can be seen a significant change towards more ethical consuming habits when it comes to food supplies. The share of fair-trade products is growing. Coffee, bananas and other fruit remain the top products in this sector. The demand for organic food is growing drastically and there is a lack of organically produced meat. This provides great opportunities for companies specializing in organic food.

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