Data & Trends of the European Food and Drink Industry 2020

Published: 04/11/2020

FoodDrinkEurope’s latest Data & Trends 2020 report is now available, providing comprehensive statistics and insights on the EU food and drink industry.

Data & Trends 2020 shows that the EU food and drink industry employs 4.82 million people, generates a turnover of €1.2 trillion and €266 billion in value added, making it the largest manufacturing industry in the EU. In half of the EU’s 27 Member States, the food and drink industry is the biggest manufacturing employer. This year’s edition includes the latest data the EU-UK food and drink trade, digitalisation in the industry, automation, the bioeconomy, and an overview of the industry’s contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Data & Trends 2020 also provides an outlook on markets. About two-thirds of EU food and drink exports are destined for the Single Market. At the same time, the EU is the largest exporter of food and drink products in the world with extra-EU exports reaching €120 billion and a trade surplus of €44 billion. The report also includes a ranking of the top 50 food and drink companies in the world.