Finland, an EU member since 1995, has redefined itself from a quiet agricultural based economy to a trend setting, global center for technology and design. The country is highly integrated into the global economy with international trade accounting for a third of GDP. U.S. agricultural exports to Finland were $77.7 million in 2014. The major products imported from the United States include vegetable fats and oils, wine and alcohol, fruits and nuts.
Trade Show Matchmaking
Each year, FAS The Hague participates in several European trade shows that we think will provide the best exposure and marketing opportunities to U.S. companies and producers in Europe for access to the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Iceland. We are planning on attending one or more of the following trade shows where we will provide matchmaking services, market intelligence, and assistance.
1. Food Ingredients Europe, Frankfurt, November 28-30, 2017 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.
2. Fruit Logistica, Berlin, February 7-9, 2018 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.
3. ISM, Cologne, January 28-31, 2018 - FAS The Hague will facilitate introductions of Dutch and Nordic buyers to U.S. companies at the show.
February 13, 2019 - February 16, 2019 – Nuremberg
Fruit Logistica 2019
February 06, 2019 - February 08, 2019 – Berlin
U.S. Soybean Regional Trade Exchange
November 29, 2018 - November 30, 2018
Strategic Marketing Workshop
November 28, 2018 - November 30, 2018 – Wassenaar
October 21, 2018 - October 25, 2018 – Paris
|Product||Imports from the U.S. in 2016||U.S. Market Share||Key Constraints to Market Development||Market Attractiveness for U.S.|
|Grape Wines||8,910||4%||Wines from New World (Chile, South Africa and Australia) and Old World countries are equally popular (Spain, Italy and France). The Finns are not too familiar with wines produced in other states than California.||Finland fully depends on wines and the Finns are among the most affluent consumers within the EU.|
|Raisins||3,969||62%||Growing competition from other dried fruit (dates and bananas) and nut mixes and other supplying countries such as Turkey.||Affluent consumer market, favorable image of products from the United States and growing awareness for healthy products.|
|Distilled Spirits||3,140||3%||Alcoholic drinks are very expensive in Finland and the Finns are turning to lower drinks with a lower alcohol percentage.||While at the same time there is a growing market for high-quality, new and innovative spirits like gins.|
|Prunes||2,145||41%||Growing competition from other dried fruit (dates and bananas) and nut mixes and other supplying countries such as Turkey.||Affluent consumer market, favorable image of products from the United States and growing awareness for healthy products.|
|Beer||940||2%||Competition from Finland, Germany and the UK. The Fins love Finnish beer.||Demand for specialty craft beers from microbreweries.|
|Snack food||170||<1%||Competition from Finland, other EU countries. Snack food containing unapproved GMO ingredients cannot be exported.||Affluent consumer market and favorable image of products from the United States.|