The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and food products, thanks to its innovative agrifood technology. The Dutch agrifood sector is a sustainable source of healthy, safe food that is produced with respect for nature and the environment. As the world rapidly urbanises, with people migrating from the countryside to the cities, there is increasing pressure on urban areas to deliver sustainable and healthy food supplies. Food security is crucial to economic performance and social wellbeing. This means that solutions are needed that take into account issues such as animal welfare, food safety, waste-disposal and habitation, but also issues such as governance, education, and a fair society. With a large population in a small, low-lying delta region where land is at a premium, farms in the Netherlands are some of the most intensive, sustainable, and efficient in the world.
Thanks to a wealth of agricultural knowledge, fertile soil, intensive farming, quality of produce, and trading expertise, Dutch agri-food products are exported all over the world. This applies to plant-based produce as well as for animal products such as livestock, poultry (meat) and eggs. Machinery for the processing of agri-food products: from robotic soft-fruit pickers; to automated meat separators; to potato processing; is also a key global export product, as is the knowledge around food processing. Out of the top-40 food and drinks companies in the world, 12 have R&D centres located in the Netherlands.
More information can be found on: www.hollandtradeandinvest.com/key-sectors/agriculture-and-food
With food science and technology gaining importance in the manufacturing value chain, Singapore food companies are investing in R&D for more first-in-the-market products, and enhancing their processes and packaging for better quality products with longer shelf-life. Building on our strong global reputation for maintaining good standards in quality and food safety, more Singapore food manufacturers are also adopting the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification to gain a competitive edge in the global market.
More information can be found on: https://www.spring.gov.sg/Developing-Industries/Pages/developing-industries-overview.aspx