Sustainable food production and processing covers three very important and dynamic sectors for the Croatian economy: Agriculture, Fishery and Aquaculture, and the Food processing industry, which are based on traditional production, strong R&D, rich and diverse resources for the development of primary production as well as educated and trained people. Activity is characterized by a high degree of product completion and as such, the activity is capable of attracting investment and capital needed for development. Manufacture of food products has dominant share of almost a fifth of the whole manufacturing industry in terms of employment (19.53%) and a share of GVA of 14.04%, which makes it the largest manufacturing activity of the Croatian economy.
Update on the Public Consultation for the Sustainable Food Production and Processing Sector
On 30 January 2017, 35 representatives of the private sector along with public and research institutions participated in the launch of a project that aims to increase the competitiveness of the Food Production and Processing industries in Croatia. This project is a participatory, firm-driven and firm-focused project aimed at helping companies in sectors covered by the S3 to adapt to changing industry trends by defining a sector strategy and drawing up concrete action and investment plans.
The Ministry of Economy – the sponsor of this Competitiveness Reinforcement Initiative – opened the meeting by explaining how this project fits into the implementation framework of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). The initiative follows an analytical methodology that has been successfully applied to the upgrading of over 40 different sectors in 70 different regions around the world, primarily in the European Union. Presentations on the project specified three key phases of activities, including specified phases for:
The 30 January meeting – representing the culmination of Phase 1 – provided a forum for participants to participate in the identification of challenges and opportunities in the sector. Topics raised in the discussion included a need for R&D, innovations in packaging, and a need for appropriate certification regimes to ensure quality. A second meeting will be held by April to share the findings of the analysis being conducted in the second phase, and to determine a series of actions that can be taken in pursuit of specific commercial opportunities.