Europe’s food and drink SMEs

There are 289,000 food and drink companies in Europe; 9 in 10 are SMEs. They are present in every region and stand for both tradition and innovation in our industry. These companies produce a vast range of foods and drinks, satisfying the diverse and constantly changing needs of Europe’s 500 million consumers, as well as of customers worldwide.


Food & drink SMEs employ local workforces – nearly 2.8 million workers, i.e. enough jobs for the entire population of Lithuania. They source their raw materials mostly from Europe. This makes them essential actors in our economy.


They may be small in scale, but they are big in impact.


Each of them has a story to tell…