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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.

  • 13,000 full-time employees in Estonian food production industry
  • 30% of output exported
  • #3 globally for science education
  • #6 in Europe for ease of doing business

Our advantages

13,000FTE in food production
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.

Overview

#3globally for science education

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 500 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 extensively utilised in production and packaging.

Supported by a pro-business environment which is free of red tape and an efficient supply chain, Estonia is increasingly a centre for exported oriented activity. Regional giants such as Orkla, Saarionen and Lantmännen export final product from Estonia to European markets. High quality Estonian raw materials are exported globally for use in 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 operate 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 centre 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 on a daily basis in Estonia since 2008.

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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