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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.

Latvia

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

Visit our North-East page here

News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

15 Oct 2021 EIT Food is looking for food companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
Extension: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups News

Extension: Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups

11 Oct 2021 EIT Food is looking for startup/scaleup companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
EIT Food celebrates food industry innovators: The Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event News

EIT Food celebrates food industry innovators: The Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event

23 Sep 2021 EIT Food sponsors the Food and Drink Federation Future Leaders event to celebrate the innovators that are transforming our food systems
Sustainability experts to discuss solutions for the billion-euro food waste problem at the Great Taste - Zero Waste event on October 12 News

Sustainability experts to discuss solutions for the billion-euro food waste problem at the Great Taste - Zero Waste event on October 12

22 Sep 2021 The Great Taste – Zero Waste event will be live-streamed from Riga, Latvia on October 12, promoting sustainable food culture and providing solutions to minimize food waste
Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups News

Call for expression of interest to participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs - startups

20 Sep 2021 EIT Food is looking for startup/scaleup companies that would participate in EIT Food RIS Consumer Engagement Labs project to commercialise selected results of Consumer Engagement Labs
Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry EIT Food Projects

Reopened Workshop | Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry

13 Aug 2021 The EIT Food Skills for New Product Development in the Food Industry Workshop has reopened!

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