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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • AGRICULTURE

  • Polish agri-food products – high quality and unique taste

    As part of the promotion of Polish food, the Agricultural Market Agency (ARR) implements a number of activities in foreign markets. Their objective is to place Poland as a leading food producer in the EU. Currently, Polish agriculture has taken the 7th place in the European Union according to the value of the global production of agricultural holdings.

     

    Market structure of the agricultural production in Poland in 2015

    Source: Central Statistical Office of Poland, Concise Statistical Yearbook of Poland 2015; data for 2015

     

    Polish food products are known all over the world due to their high quality, unique taste and competitive prices. Based on the tradition of family holdings, Polish agriculture combines tradition with modernity. In Poland, we use small quantities of mineral fertilisers and plant protection products, and thus our natural environment and landscape remain intact. As a result, Polish food is healthy and attractive to consumers. Polish food industry is equipped with the most modern machinery. Numerous Polish agri-food processing plants have been modernised before Poland’s accession to the European Union, thanks to which today many of them are in the European lead in terms of modernity and equipment. In addition, Polish food is always produced with the use of good raw materials and its high quality is confirmed by rigorous control systems at every stage of production. The combination of those features makes Polish products prominent in the markets of Europe and all over the world.

     

     

    POLISH EXPORT HITS

     

    MEAT – POULTRY, BEEF, PORK

    Our country boasts a rich tradition of producing poultry, beef and pork. Since 2014, we have been the largest producer of poultry in the EU. In 2015, Poland produced more than 2.8 million tonnes of poultry for slaughter. Poland is also one of the largest EU producers of red meat. In 2015 Poland was the fourth producer of pork and the seventh producer of beef in the European Union  in terms of production volume.

    Polish meat stands out against the background of other countries due to its high quality and excellent culinary values. Meat producers follow the from farm to fork principle, so as to guarantee safety in the supply chain. Polish meat complies with strict European standards and does not contain any antibiotics nor growth hormones. In order to guarantee the highest quality of products, the significant part of Polish meat production is conducted under national food quality schemes, such as Pork Quality System (PQS), Food Quality Guaranteed System (QAFP), Quality Meat Program (QMP). These systems impose strict conditions of production – from animal breeding, through further stages of processing – in order to guarantee safety, taste qualities and high nutritional value of products.

    In addition, Poland is proud of its long tradition of producing cold meats: sausages (including kabanos sausages appreciated all over the world), ham, pork loin, bacon and pâtés. The recipes for their production are passed down from generation to generation.

     

    MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS

    In Poland, milk production is one of the basic spheres of agricultural production. In 2015, the total production of raw materials exceeded 12.7 billion litres.

     

    Thanks to investments, Polish dairy industry is as advanced as those of Western European countries  in terms of modernity and sanitary standards. The leaders of the sector make use of the best and most modern technologies. Our producers offer a wide variety of tasty, high-quality and safe products that reach more and more foreign consumers. In the recent years, cheese and curd have become the most important dairy products exported from Poland. We are the sixth producer of these products in the world and the fourth one in the EU.

     

    FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

    Poland is an important producer and exporter of fruit and vegetables, which counts in the European and global markets. In 2015, the domestic production of fresh fruit reached the level of 4.1 million tonnes, whereas the yields of fresh vegetables amounted to 4.7 million tonnes. Polish horticulture and fruit growing form the foundation of the national processing industry. One of the more important products manufactured by this industry are high-quality fruit and vegetable juices. The dominant position in the production of juice is occupied by apple juice concentrate.

    Poland is one of the leading EU producers of frozen fruit and vegetables as well. The production of frozen vegetables in the years 2009/2010-2014/2015 increased from 521 thousand tonnes to 645 thousand tonnes, i.e. by 24%. At the same time, the production of frozen fruit increased by 35% to 445 thousand tonnes.

    Our country is the biggest producer of apples in the EU. In 2015, we produced 3169 thousand tonnes of apples, which is approx. 26% share in the collection of the EU.,  We are also in the forefront of production of berries – 518 thousand tonnes of Polish berries were collected in 2015. As far as processed and preserved fruit and vegetables are concerned, Poland’s export potential is outstandingly high.

     

    CEREAL-BASED PRODUCTS

    Poland has a great potential in the field of the production and processing of cereals. Our domestic bakery industry has been largely restructured and is equipped with a modern production base. Both the production and the product range of cereal products are increasing, which, on one hand, is linked with technological progress and, on the other hand, results from following the tastes and changing needs of consumers.

    Modern production and packaging technologies allow to deliver baked goods to distant markets, which enhances the growth of the export. It is also worth mentioning exquisite types of Polish pasta, which are purchased all around the world. They are produced in a wide range of shapes and with the use of various cereals: durum wheat, soft wheat, soybeans and buckwheat (these types of pasta do not contain gluten or starch and may be consumed by people on a diet).

     

    CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS AND SWEETS

    Poland is one of the leading European and global producers of chocolate products. Polish sweets attract consumers with their wide range of flavours and shapes. The most famous Polish sweets include, inter alia, Ptasie mleczko (sort of chocolate-coated foams), chocolate-covered prunes, sesame cookies, fudges, cakes such as gingerbread, Šakotis (sort of spit cake) and Delicje (jaffa cakes).

    Poland sells its confectionery products in more than 100 countries in the world.

     

    HONEY AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS

    Poland is in the European lead in terms of the production of honey, as Polish honey becomes more and more popular in foreign markets. It is known for  the diversity of varieties and unique taste qualities.

    The market of organic products is developing dynamically in Poland. Organic products have a great export potential.  They are safe for health, do not contain preservatives nor pesticide residues and are produced using methods consistent with the principles of sustainable development.

     

    PROMOTION OF AGRI-FOOD PRODUCTS is one of the leading tasks carried out by the Agricultural Market Agency (ARR).

    Promoting Polish food abroad contributes to the development of export and thus to the stabilisation and development of the national agri-food sector. In 2015, despite the Russian embargo, the export of Polish agri-food products managed to reach a record-breaking level. The total value of their export amounted to EUR 23.6 billion (compared to EUR 21.9 billion in 2014), whereas the positive balance of Polish trade reached the level of EUR 7.7 billion and was EUR 1 billion higher than in 2014.

     

    The ARR’s activities aimed at promoting agri-food products are particularly focused on the regions of Asia, Near East, North America, Africa and Europe, and include:

    • active participation in and the organisation of international events, such as meetings, conferences, business forums; cooperation with foreign institutions and agri-food sector organisations, foreign diplomatic posts, as well as Polish institutions abroad.
    • organisation of economic missions and business meetings with foreign partners for Polish entrepreneurs, as well as  supporting  Polish entrepreneurs in their participation in the biggest international exhibitions, trade fairs and other events of agri-food industry. In 2015, the ARR organised economic missions to countries such as Kazakhstan, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Algeria, China and Belarus.
    • provision of information about the European and third countries’ agri-food markets to Polish entrepreneurs interested in trade cooperation with foreign partners. To this end, the ARR collects, analyses and distributes materials and information about the possibilities of institutional, economic and commercial cooperation with foreign partners.
    • organisation of business study visits in Poland, B2B events and meetings with representatives of institutions of Polish agri-food sector and of trade organisations – for foreign entrepreneurs interested in cooperating with Polish partners. The ARR  can find Polish partners for foreign entrepreneurs  and provide them with information on the specific nature of the markets and agri-food industry in Poland.
    • Foreign entrepreneurs may contact the Agency at eksporter@arr.gov.pl.

     

     

     

    Agricultural Market Agency (ARR)

    ul. Karolkowa 30

    01-207 Warsaw

    Poland

    www.arr.gov.pl

     

    ARR Export Support Office

    phone: + 48 22 376 72 26

    email:

    koordynacja.arr@arr.gov.pl

    eksporter.arr@arr.gov.pl

     

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