Dutch agriculture is highly intensive and export focused. Total agricultural exports for 2015 are estimated at $78.3 billion making the Netherlands the second largest exporter of food and agriculture. The temperate climate, fertile soils, and educated labor force make the Netherlands a highly productive agricultural producer; however, the large and sophisticated food processing industry accounts for a significant portion of exports. The Netherlands is a small country geographically, but with the Port of Rotterdam and the confluence of four major rivers, the EU traders and importers are here.
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 14, 2018 - February 17, 2018 – Berlin
February 07, 2018 - February 09, 2018 – Berlin
Success at the First Bakery Ingredients Trade Mission in Amsterdam
September 21, 2017 – Amsterdam
Nordic Reverse Trade Mission, Denmark and Sweden
April 03, 2017 - April 07, 2017
Building a Bio-Economy, the Netherlands
March 22, 2017 - March 24, 2017
|Commodity/Code||Imports, 2016||Imports from U.S., 2016 (U.S. market share)||Key Constraints to Market Development||Market Attractiveness for USA|
|Food Preparations 210690||1,064||186 (17%)||Competition from the U.K., Germany and Belgium||Strong demand from food manufacturers|
|Almonds 080212||190||141 (74%)||Some, albeit limited, competition from Spain and Australia||Strong demand from food manufacturers, confectionary and snack industry. Benefit from healthy image almonds have among consumers|
|Pistachios 080251||93||77 (83%)||Some competition from Iran||Strong demand from food manufacturers, confectionary and snack industry|
|Sweet potatoes 071420||71||49 (69%)||Unfamiliarity on how to prepare and when to use sweet potatoes. Competition from Honduras, China and Egypt. Ban on use of Thiabendazole.||Restaurants are increasingly serving sweet potatoes. Demand for variety and quality products.|
|Foliage branches 060420||210||75 (36%)||Competition from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico||The Netherlands is the trading hub for flowers and plant products.|
|Orange juice 200919||502||35 (7%)||Competition from Brazil and South Africa.||Growing demand for juice for fresh consumption, mixing and by food companies.|
|Enzymes 350790||364||27 (7%)||Competition from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Belgium and Japan||Demand for specialty craft beers from microbreweries|
|Fruit and edible plant parts 200899||228||25 (11%)||Competition from Canada||Growing demand from food manufacturers to use sweet potato parts as an ingredient.|