Agrifood Facts & Figures

Oxfam found the Netherlands to be the No. 1 country in the world  for having the most plentiful, nutritious, healthy and affordable diet. Despite all of their delicious pastries and tempting pancake-houses, the Dutch primarily eat dairy, meat and vegetables, which have served their bodies well.

More Facts & figures about the Dutch food industry

  • The total value of Dutch agricultural exports was € 82.4 billion in 2015.
  • The contribution of the Dutch agricultural sector, including trade and processing of products to the GDP and employment is 10% (around € 11 billion) of the total GDP in 2014.
  • The most important export products for 2015 were potatoes, vegetables and fruit (AGF), with € 11.1 billion as value.
  • Three out of the world’s top-25 food and beverage companies are from the Netherlands.
  • The Food Valley region, centred at Wageningen University and Research Center, is one of the most authoritative agri-food and nutrition research centres in Europe. Wageningen University occupies the first place in the European ranking, and the second place worldwide in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014, in the category Agriculture & Forestry.
  • NIZO food research is a leading global center in proteins, bacteria, and processing. It is an independent company and one of the most advanced contract research centers in the world. The latest food technologies are brought to life in our own food grade processing plant.
  • Holland is one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of food processing machinery.
  • Dutch industry produces 80% of the world’s capacity of poultry processing machinery, and a substantial amount of cheese production machinery.
  • Dutch agricultural entrepreneurs use efficient and sustainable production systems and processes, resulting in a productivity that is five times higher than the European average.
  • Amsterdam is the largest cocoa port in the world.

Source: Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Dutch Federation of Agricultural and Horticultural Organisations (LTO), Wageningen University and Research Centre