Food industries

Food industries

The food industries are the No.1 sector of Catalonia’s economy. It generates a turnover of €38,205M, which is equivalent to 16.28% of the GDP of Catalonia and directly employs 164,372 people.

Catalonia is home to companies from the entire food value chain, from agri-food producers and providers, raw materials and additives, industrial and artisans processors, to the packaging industry and distribution. The Catalonia Industry Suppliers allows you to get in touch with the best partners in the agriculturefood and gourmet products and wine and beverages categories.

27,939 Turnover (M€), 84,682 Employess, +3,608 Retail outlets and 21.4% of total industrial employees

Catalonia – no better place to locate your food and drink business

Most leading food companies in the world, such as Nestlé, Danone, Unilever, Kellogg’s, Haribo and Griffith Foods, have set up productive centres, R&D departments and laboratories, and logistics activities in Catalonia. The region is also chosen as headquarters for Southern Europe or the Iberian Peninsula thanks to its strategic location, giving companies access to major markets in the Mediterranean and North of Africa.

The Catalan food industries are well positioned internationally due to their high productivity and competitiveness, as well as a highly developed network of food processing providers. Within Catalonia specific areas are specialised in different sectors, in fields such meat, fruits, nuts and citrus fruits. Moreover, a strong wine and cava industry bears testimony to Catalonia’s long winemaking tradition.

An unparalleled gastronomic offer

Catalonia is world famous for its unique gastronomy, featuring renowned products as wine, cava or olive oil. Based on the Mediterranean diet, Catalan cuisine is internationally acclaimed, thanks to its creativity and network of first-class restaurants and food labs that have a clear impact in defining the future of gastronomy. 

Several Catalan famed chefs that have been awarded Michelin stars are Ferran Adrià, Carme Ruscalleda or the Roca brothers. It is also noteworthy that recently the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) has decided to set up its location in Europe in Barcelona, in the Torribera Mediterranean Center.

Breaking ground in the food sector

Barcelona and Catalonia offer top research centres that specialize in innovating in food and drink trends. Healthy food and drinks, food to go, gourmet gastronomy or “free-from” products are the main tendencies today. Furthermore, food companies are looking for differentiation strategies, also involving related sectors like packaging or leisure.

Catalonia also attracts a great number of visitors to participate in international food and drink events, like Alimentaria, FoodTech, and the leading packaging fair Hispack.

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Fernando Gómez, Managing Director of South Europe at Griffith Foods

Catalonia’s location to serve all of Southern Europe, combined with the strong culinary heritage, are relevant reasons to invest here