Slovenia is determined to address the agrifood challenges and is one of EIT Food’s RIS countries
The agrifood sector, a solid pillar of the Slovenian economy
Net sales revenue of food enterprises in Slovenia is 2.2 billion EUR and net sales revenue in foreign markets is 599 million EUR.The greatest share (44 %) of all food processing enterprises is constituted by enterprses that produce bread, fresh pastry goods and cakes, followed by enterprises that produce meat products and meat (except poultry) respectively.
Although agriculture plays a significant role in Slovenia’s economy, due to the decreasing share of land used for agriculture, there is expected gradual marginalisation of the sector. The chance can be seen in the increasing number of organic agricultural holdings, but the competitiveness of Slovenian farms – as compared to other EU countries – remains low because of their small size.
Slovenian R&D sector receives considerable investments, the country spends over 2.0% of its GDP on scientific research, which exceeds average scientific budgets in Europe.
Room for Improvement
Slovenia’s agrifood sector needs fundamental support and incentives for farmers to remain in the market through restoring, preserving and enhancing ecosystems related to agriculture. Future development of the sector depends on the production of high-quality products with higher value added and subsequently the access to modern technology, land, financial assets, knowledge and innovation.
Based on fresh locally sourced ingredients, Slovenian cuisine is influenced by the diversity of the country’s landscape, climate, history and neighbouring cultures.
EIT Food Hub in Slovenia: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia / Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises (CCIS-CAFE)
CCIS-CAFE is the biggest organization representing the interest of around 200 agricultural and food companies, registered in Slovenia. In order to reach its goals it works closely with the Slovenian governmental and non-governmental institutions/organisations, as well as the equivalent EU associations. Due to its close collaboration with the food industry it acts as a multiple purpose adviser for its members.
Potica, the most typical Slovenian sweet bakery product, appears in many different forms. It gets its flavour from about 80 different fillings. The most common potica is the walnut potica.