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Estonia has a sizeable food industry which benefits from ecological raw materials, skilled workers and modern production facilities. With an established export capability and growing application of food science and technology, Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D oriented investment.

  • 15,000 employees in Estonian food production industry
  • 33% of output exported
  • #4 globally for science education
  • #18 globally for ease of doing business

Our advantages

23%of our farmland is organic
SkillsTalent pool with world-class education and technical skills.
FacilitiesModern facilities, automation and quality certification as standard.
LogisticsExperience and supply chain to service overseas markets.
R&DGrowing R&D in areas such as nutrition, directed evolution and food technology.
Christmas tree iconPristine environment providing high-quality, ecological raw materials.


#51%of Estonian territory is forestland

Estonia is a compact Nordic country benefiting from a pristine natural environment. Raw material inputs are high-quality, often organic, and sourced from clearly identifiable local origins.

Food production in Estonia, of which there are approximately 700 companies, is highly modernised and productive. Estonian workers are typically multilingual, possess higher or professional qualifications, and are trained by world-class companies. Quality certification to stringent EU requirements is mandatory and modern equipment is extensively utilised in production and packaging.

Supported by a pro-business environment that is free of red tape and an efficient supply chain, Estonia is increasingly a center for exported-oriented activity. Regional giants such as Orkla, Saarionen, and Lantmännen export final products from Estonia to European markets. High-quality Estonian raw materials are exported globally for use in the food, beverage, health, animal feed, and horticulture sectors.

Estonia has a long history of food science innovation, including supplying Soviet space missions as early as 1962. Today Lallemand operates a cutting-edge, global R&D hub for functional molecules and directed evolution in Estonia in collaboration with TalTech. Finnish dairy giant Valio conducts R&D into lactose-free and digestion improving foodstuffs.

Estonia is also emerging as a center of expertise in food technology thanks to close collaboration with its world-class IT industry. Blockchain technologies, which will assure global supply chains, have been used daily in Estonia since 2008.

Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D-oriented investment with a strong track record of successful investment and innovation supported by a highly competitive business environment and digital capability, Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D-oriented investment.


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