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Biologically diversified Latvia is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries

The Food System at the Heart of Latvia’s Economy

The food and beverage industry is the second largest industrial sector in Latvia, producing around 23 % of the total output in manufacturing in 2017. In 2017, Latvia’s biggest trading partners were Lithuania (18% of Latvia's total trade turnover), Germany (9%), Estonia (9%), Russia (8%) and Poland (7%).

Foreign trade in Latvia has consistently increased since Latvia’s accession to the EU. Europe is a large market that consumes many Latvian products: cheeses, butter, milk and milk powders, canned fish, fruit and berry preparations, pickles, various grains, meat products, confectionery, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Room for Improvement

Less than 0,5% of Latvia’s GDP is spent on scientific research, which represents one of the lowest scientific budgets in Europe. It is essential to facilitate constant innovation to foster internationalization and competitiveness of the country.

EIT Food Hub in Latvia: Riga Technical University (RTU)

RTU is the only polytechnic university in Latvia and the largest university in the country – it educates and trains almost 15 thousand students. RTU is focused on becoming a third generation university that not only provides high quality education, but also conducts advanced research and ensures innovation and technology transfer, practically implementing scientific discoveries. RTU is constantly developing its infrastructure by constructing a campus on Ķīpsala Island. On completion, the campus will be the most advanced engineering study centre in the Baltic Region.

As 50% of Latvia’s territory is forests, Latvians have strong traditions for collecting natural products - 60 000 tons of edible mushrooms and even more plants with healing qualities are picked for household needs every year.

Contact Us

EIT Food Hub in Latvia
Riga Technical University
Ķīpsalas Street 6,Rīga
LV-1658, Latvia

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News

Will agrifood sector in Central and Eastern Europe be able to innovate thanks to or despite of COVID19? News

Will agrifood sector in Central and Eastern Europe be able to innovate thanks to or despite of COVID19?

18 Nov 2020 Agri-food entrepreneurs in Central Eastern Europe should take up the challenge to innovate in these disruptive times
Meet the winners of EIT Food Innovation Prizes 2020 Startup News

Meet the winners of EIT Food Innovation Prizes 2020

17 Nov 2020 EIT Food present three startups who won in the Grand Final of RIS Innovation Prizes 2020 competition
The success of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships project - how we managed to overcome challenges News

The success of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships project - how we managed to overcome challenges

11 Nov 2020 We are proud to announce the spectacular success of EIT Food RIS Fellowships 2020 edition!
Impressions from Summer School on New Product Development 2020

Impressions from Summer School on New Product Development 2020

09 Nov 2020 EIT Food Summer School on New Product Development was an international event that brought together over 40 participants from different backgrounds and countries, who came to gain knowledge of the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in the process of new product development in the food industry
Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023 News

Call for expressions of interest to become EIT Food Hubs in 2021-2023

28 Oct 2020 EIT Food is looking for organisations that would assume the role of EIT Food Hub, one in each of the countries targeted by EIT Food’s Regional Innovation Scheme: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia
Results of the call for experts to carry out analyses of national and regional agri-food innovation policies in the countries News

Results of the call for experts to carry out analyses of national and regional agri-food innovation policies in the countries

01 Oct 2020 Applications were invited from individual experts from the following 17 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

Blog

Chef on Tour: The Latvian food entrepreneurs combining innovation with tradition

Chef on Tour: The Latvian food entrepreneurs combining innovation with tradition

19 Sep 2019 Riga Edition: For this edition of the Chef on Tour series Josh is in Riga, exploring Europe’s largest bazaar with Latvia’s inspiring food entrepreneurs involved in everything from cheese, to beer, to cooking in the great outdoors