Overview of the Dutch food processing sector

The food processing sector largely contributes to the position of the Netherlands as the second largest exporter of agricultural and food products in the world. In the last decade, our food processing sector has grown about 35%, whereas our sector’s investments in research and development have increased with 75%.

Largest industrial sector

With a share of 21%, the food processing industry is the largest industrial sector in the Netherlands. We feel that hygiene, efficiency and sustainability should be at the core of food processing methods to achieve the highest quality products. Our food processing industry’s innovative solutions incorporate these standards and therefore guarantee the highest food safety standards.

Focus of the food processing sector in India

The increasing population, rising middle class and augmenting degree of urbanization change India’s food consumption patterns in the rural and urban sectors and create major opportunities for the food processing industry. New consumption occasions, dining out opportunities, the willingness to experiment with new cuisines and increased demands with regard to hygiene availability and quality, stimulate the development of processed, semi-prepared and packaged food options in India.

Food safety and hygiene
Simultaneously, food safety and adherence to stringent rules and regulations becomes more and more a concern of the Government of India.Dutch technology, with its reputation of the high food safety standards, can contribute to this development of processed food products, especially with regards to the domains of hygiene, efficiency and quality. Although only a small fraction of the market is currently targeted by the processing industry, no other country in the world experiences a faster growing target population. Companies that successfully respond to these challenges adapt their products, packaging and processing to the unique characteristics of the Indian market.

Facts and figures

Services and partnerships

The Dutch enable a complete chain approach, addressing all vital aspects of the food processing sector.

Working with the Dutch
-Offers you access to world renowned expertise in the food processing sector
-Enables you to process food in a more hygienic, sustainable and efficient way
-Results in producing according to the highest food safety standards

Contact us
If you are interested to participate in developing the Indian food processing sector or contact relevant partners, we suggest you contact the Netherlands Embassy. For more information, you can also consult our consortium partners, like FoodTechHolland.

FoodTechHolland
Since 2011 a consortium of Dutch agro-food companies, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked together in a public private partnership: FoodTechHolland. Dutch knowledge and innovation has been transferred into different sectors: bakery, fruit & vegetables, meat & fish, cooling and education.

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Best practices

Higher added value for babies and elderly

Traditionally, the Dutch have achieved maximum returns with minimal resources. With such a small surface area it’s the only option. Nowadays, they no longer achieve growth by increasing productivity or by working harder. They do so by continuing to work more intelligently and increasing the value of their products. In the agri-food sector the focus of this added value is on health, sustainability, taste and comfort. This allows the food produced by Danone Baby & Medical to make a real difference to the lives of hospital-patients, babies and

This allows the food produced by Danone Baby & Medical to make a real difference to the lives of hospital-patients, babies and other vulnerable groups. However, so-called functional foodstuffs are also essential for other population groups such as the elderly. Staying healthy and fit while growing old is a new challenge, now that world citizens are living longer. Therefore, the Netherlands is making considerable investments in high-quality research to develop new, functional, agri-food products and to upgrade standard foodstuffs to high-value ones.

But we are also focusing on salt reduction, raw materials flexibility, protein innovations and improved packaging and storage technology.

Natural colouring with pepper and beetroot

In 2050, there will be nine billion mouths to feed in the world. This is one of the greatest challenges of our time. How do we achieve a healthier population in a healthier world? Vital resources such as water, soil and energy are becoming increasingly scarce. The Dutch sector is happy to accept the efficiency mission and is investigating how to achieve more with less. ‘Green’ and ‘growth’ can happily coexist in a biobased economy. So we can create a truly sustainable cycle in the world. One example of a company that encourages sustainable developments is Provalor. The small business (with just seven employees) focuses on transforming residual products

So we can create a truly sustainable cycle in the world. One example of a company that encourages sustainable developments is Provalor. The small business (with just seven employees) focuses on transforming residual products fromthe vegetable processing sector into ingredients, natural colourings, juices and purees, thus adding value to them. Colour extracts are obtained from pepper and beet residual products. These types of natural colourings are used for example in rocket-shaped Dutch ice-lollies. Colouring from peppers is a typical example of doing more with less. This type of innovative food production or processing offers many opportunities. In this way, the focus of the Netherlands is always on sustainability as a total concept, in which man, animals and the environment are all part of the equation.

These types of natural colourings are used for example in rocket-shaped Dutch ice-lollies. Colouring from peppers is a typical example of doing more with less. This type of innovative food production or processing offers many opportunities. In this way, the focus of the Netherlands is always on sustainability as a total concept, in which man, animals and the environment are all part of the equation.

Energy and water from waste flows

Imagine that you have a vegetable processing firm in the port of Terneuzen and process 6,000 hectares of peas, beans, and various root vegetables every year. After they have been processed you are left with 10,000 tonnes of vegetable waste. What do you do with it? Well, EcoFuels, an initiative of Laarakker Groenteverwerking, uses it to produce sustainable energy. An advanced fermenting technique produces biogas from 120,000 tonnes of biomass, from Laarakker and other food processing plants. Every year three fermentation systems, CHP plants and a green gas plant produce 2.2 million m3 of green gas, 2,520 tonnes of green liquid CO2 and 20 million kWh of green energy. The electricity can power 6,500 homes. After undergoing several purifying and separation stages water from the biomass is used for washing or irrigation. The compost producing industry uses the remaining 1.5% of waste as compost and substrate.

An advanced fermenting technique produces biogas from 120,000 tonnes of biomass, from Laarakker and other food processing plants. Every year three fermentation systems, CHP plants and a green gas plant produce 2.2 million m3 of green gas, 2,520 tonnes of green liquid CO2 and 20 million kWh of green energy.

The electricity can power 6,500 homes. After undergoing several purifying and separation stages water from the biomass is used for washing or irrigation. The compost producing industry uses the remaining 1.5% of waste as compost and substrate.