Last year’s plentiful harvest unfortunately coincided with tensions in the East which resulted in a Russian embargo for Polish products.
In 2014, food export to former USSR decreased by as much as 20 percent and many producers and processors were hit with big losses. – Data provided by GUS and the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development shows that the food industry reacts to this situation in a flexible manner and develops international trade in other directions – assures Jacek Brzozowski, Adviser to the President of Employers of Poland.
– The problems of apple producers who are finding it hard to adapt to the current situation clearly show the risk inherent in dependence on one export destination and non-processed products. On the other hand, increasing the share of processed products in export structure gives easier access to alternative markets and higher profitability rates. Moreover, food producers and processors should draw conclusions from recent events and consolidate their efforts in order to intensify production, cooperate in export and promote themselves on foreign markets – he adds.