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Dutch pork has a good reputation at home and abroad because of its excellent price-quality relation and a consistent, guaranteed quality (link)

The availability of raw materials through the Port of Rotterdam, business knowledge throughout the supply chain, expertise, quality of production, good logistics and an international orientation are amongst the strengths of this sector

The Netherlands is home to some 11 million pigs and produces about 25 million per year. There are about 7000 businesses with finishing pigs and/or sows, averaging about 900 animals per business. 

As a result of scaling-up and takeovers, the Netherlands now has a number of large meat companies that have developed into international food concerns. So, in addition to various small-to-mid-sized abattoirs, there are also larger ones that can process more than a million pigs per year.

The Dutch pork sector stands out as a result of its innovative products, knowledge of the market, good quality assurance system and innovative, trend-setting products for tracking and tracing (link). These allow businesses to serve the specific needs of numerous markets both within and outside the EU. 

Volume, uniformity and consistent quality are important selling points for the Dutch pork companies. Because the companies can offer complete ranges, they are also often partners of larger purchasing or supermarket organisations.

About three quarters of Dutch pork production is exported. Traditionally, that has been to nearby countries within the EU such as Germany, the United Kingdom, Greece and others, but it is now increasingly going to emerging economies elsewhere in the world such as those in south-east Asia. The added value of the Dutch pork sector is about € 3 billion.