The food sector in Estonia
The food industry in Estonia is an important part of the country’s economy and the country is known for its agricultural activities and food production. The food sector is based on the production of meat and derived products, fish and fishery products, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, ready-made feeding stuffs, bread and bakery products, beverages and others. Estonia is a successful exporter of foodstuffs, especially agricultural products.
Companies in the food sector
need to observe the laws imposed by the Estonian Food Act and Regulation
, the provisions set forth by the European Food Safety Authority and are subject to the supervision from the Veterinary and Food Board, Health Protection Inspectorate and the Consumer Protection Board.
Food safety in Estonia
Estonia observes the international standards laid down by the Codex Alimentarius, those for animal diseases, quality of seeds and plant protection. Food safety is monitored both for domestic and imported/exported food products. The aim of the food standards and directives is to guarantee that food produced in Estonia is made under safe and hygienic conditions
Food producers in Estonia need to observe rules and regulations for processing raw materials into food products for human or animal use as well as provisions for the processing and preserving fruit and vegetables. Special provisions apply for the manufacturing of frozen foods, for seafood preparation and packaging and for beverages and tobaccos products.
Open a food production company
A food production company in Estonia
can be a private limited liability company
or a public limited liability company. Our company registration consultants in Estonia
can describe the basic differences between the company types and help you register the company.