The food and beverage industry is the second largest industrial sector in Latvia. The European market makes up the most significant part of Latvia’s food and beverage industry export, consuming products such as cheese, butter, milk, canned fish, fruit and berry preparations, pickles, various grains, meat products, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The most-exported product groups are:
- Cereals, baked goods
- Beverages, spirits
- Dairy products
Latvia is the world’s fifth-largest cranberry producer per capita.
Latvia has one of Europe’s highest shares of organic farming land, including the second-highest share of organic livestock and the fourth-highest percentage of organic vegetable production. It holds second place among EU countries in rye and wheat production per capita.
Some of the leading industry exporters in Latvia include grain processing company Dobeles Dzirnavnieks, the leading ice cream producer in the Baltics Food Union, the leading producer of alcoholic beverages in the Baltics Latvijas Balzams, and Balticovo, the largest producer of eggs and egg products in Northern Europe.
Top 3 importers of Latvian food and beverages:
Dobeles Dzirnavnieks is one of the leading grain processors in the Baltics and the largest pasta producer in Northern Europe. Besides pasta, the company produces various flour types and flour mixes, cereal flakes, and organic products. Dobeles Dzirnavnieks exports its products to over 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America and has nearly doubled its export turnover over the last few years.