Food and agriculture industry in Amsterdam

Renowned for innovation and exports, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is home to a major concentration of 3,600 food companies. Important factors contributing to the success of companies like Heineken, Cargill and Mead Johnson in the Amsterdam Area are the region’s strategic location, great logistics and technology infrastructure, international business environment, strong workforce and competitive fiscal climate.

Amsterdam, a strategic logistics hub

The region is home to two main transportation and logistics hubs: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the Port of Amsterdam. These two facilities offer cutting-edge multi-modal logistics platforms and possibilities for expansion, and both are leading the way in sustainable innovation. Schiphol is home to dedicated logistics providers such as Freshport and The Port of Amsterdam is the world’s largest cocoa port.

Innovative workforce

Our innovative capacity is catalysed by the successful co-operation between the business community, knowledge institutes and the government. An example is the partnership in agri-food innovation between the University of Amsterdam, the VU University and Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre). The close collaboration with governmental parties and stakeholders leads to stronger entrepreneurship and growth of the food sector. 

We’re no more than an hour’s driving distance from the world’s most talented minds and best research facilities in the area of food and food technology. That was another key reason to opt for Amsterdam at the end of the day.” – Koert Liekelema, Fonterra Europe

Home of pure and fresh water

A large natural freshwater resource in the Flevoland region around Almere provides municipal water of outstanding quality for the entire area. The ancient water comes from very pure sources and is of such outstanding quality that it doesn’t require further purification, providing excellent conditions for companies in the food and health industries. For companies including Yakult this was one of the main reasons for setting up here. 

Sometimes the quality of the water influences the fermentation efficiency needed to produce Yakult. But it’s not just water; the Dutch also have an established dairy industry. These are important factors for us when it comes to producing a good quality product.” – Tomoyuki Sako, Yakult Europe

International business environment

Many global players in the fields of professional services, covering legal affairs, HR and tax consultancy, have chosen to set up their business here. The business environment provides additional incentive to follow the example of multinational food companies such as Brown-Forman, Fonterra and Cargill, who have all chosen to set up their headquarters in the Amsterdam Area.

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Testimonials and insights

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“For the green industry, this is the place to be,” says Jaap Mazereeuw, managing director of Enza Zaden.

Fonterra Europe

According to Koert Liekelema, general manager of Fonterra Europe, “the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has what it takes.”

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