Finland food exports are growing
In the last couple of years, Finland exported food worth 1.5 bn. and 1.6 bn. USD respectively. This year, the country could reach 1.7 bn. USD in food exports and is aiming for a 3 bn. USD figure until 2020, according to Esa Wrang, director of Business Finland’s Food from Finland programme.
“Food safety definitely gives Finland an export edge in faraway markets”, declared Wrang. So far, Finland hasn’t been affected by salmonella or bird flu outbreaks in the poultry sector, while pork producers started their exports to China in March.
Meantime, pork has been delivered to the Chinese market starting the second quarter of this year and there is a good chance to access the South African market as well in the following months. “I believe that food exports will continue to grow. The core question is whether we reach three billion euros. What’s essential is that we’re on a growth track” pointed Wrang.
Finnish producers are now focusing on the Asian markets with help from Business Finland’s Food from Finland programme, the food safety agency Evira and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Broiler products have already been exported to Japan for some time. Finland’s virtual lack of salmonella and bird flu is a selling point for Finnish poultry products. The country was also unaffected by last year’s incidents of insecticide poisoning of eggs elsewhere in Europe.
Finnish pork has also found its way onto the Chinese market. One of the biggest Finnish meat producers, Atria, has already sold pork there, and rival HKScan sent its first delivery in late April.