A common and traditional definition of the agro-processing industry refers to the subset of manufacturing that processes raw materials and intermediate products derived from the agricultural sector. The Agro-processing industry thus means transforming products originating from agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

With our understanding of developing markets, we have the needed experience to source a wide range of raw materials such as: Cocoa beans, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm oil, Coffee beans, Papaya, Bananas, Avocado, Mango, Oranges, Pineapples and many more needed for the production of finished goods.

Theoretical and empirical studies of the structural changes that accompany the development process have revealed a number of constant patterns. The most basic is a secular decline in the relative weight of the agricultural sector vis-à-vis non-agriculture as per capital income increases. This relative decline is observed as a fall in the share of agriculture in value added, employment, and trade and per capital consumption. This goes together with a drop in the share of primary agricultural production in the value of the final product, and with a parallel increase in the agroprocessing industry value added.

Processed agricultural products (PAPs) are non-agricultural food and drink items made out of agricultural products. With this in mind, we stand by local producers to make sure that they can adequately bring or supply their raw materials to factories that will process the inputs leading to end products that will be displayed on store shelves.

In EU law, agricultural products are listed in Annex I to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU. By contrast, PAPs are often called ‘Non-Annex I goods’.

Non-Annex I goods are listed in Regulation (EU) no 510/2014. They include products such as chocolate, confectionery, sweet drinks, beers, spirits, biscuits and bakery products. More than 70% of agricultural commodities produced in the EU are transformed into manufactured food products, many of which are Non-Annex I goods.

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Main product groups in the PAP sector

  • processed dairy products (headings 0403 and 0405 of the combined nomenclature – see below), including some yogurt and dairy spreads;
  • frozen fruit and vegetables (headings 0710 of the combined nomenclature);
  • sugar confectionery, chocolate and cereal-based processed products (heading 1704 and chapters 18 and 19 of the combined nomenclature);
  • various prepared foods and sauces (almost all chapter 21 of the combined nomenclature)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and all alcoholic beverages except wine (chapter 22 of the combined nomenclature)
  • Tobacco products (headings 2402 and 2403 of the combined nomenclature)
  • Casein and processed starch products (headings 2905, 3501, 3505 and 3809 of the combined nomenclature)

Council Regulation No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff

Agricultural science is a broad multidisciplinary field of biology that encompasses the parts of exact, natural, economic and social sciences that are used in the practice and understanding of agriculture.

  • Production techniques (e.g., irrigation management, recommended nitrogen inputs)
  • Improving agricultural productivity in terms of quantity and quality (e.g., selection of drought-resistant crops and animals, development of pesticides, yield-sensing technologies, models of crop growth, in-vitro cell culture techniques)
  • Minimizing the effects of pests (weeds, insects, pathogens, nematodes) on crop or animal production systems.

Food processing is the transformation of cooked ingredients, by physical or chemical means into food, or of food into other forms. Food processing combines raw food ingredients to produce marketable food products that can be easily prepared and served by the consumer.

Almost all food is processed in some way before it is eaten. Commercially, the main reasons to process food are to eliminate micro-organisms (which may cause disease) and to extend shelf life. Simply cooking or combining a food with other foodstuffs to create a recipe is also considered a form of food processing.

We are always ready to collaborate with both raw material producers to food processing factories worldwide. For more details on how we can supply you with any raw material, kindly reach us at your earliest convenience.