The agri-food sector is one of the key branches of Polish economy. In the past 20 years, this sector has undergone tremendous changes, becoming an important engine for economic growth of our country. The continuing technical, technological and organisational development made it possible for Poland to join the top modern and innovative European food producers.
The accession of Poland to the European Union in 2004 contributed greatly to the development of this sector. Grants and subsidies were channelled to Poland at that time, thus allowing for the adaptation of the existing production plants to the standards required in the EU. Foreign investment was also a significant source of innovation.
Currently, Polish production plants are among the most modern in Europe, and Polish food has become an export hit. At the same time, Polish producers keep looking for new markets with a view to fully exploit their potential. It is noteworthy that Polish agri-food sector has been less affected by the economic downturn and the forecasts for its development are optimistic.
1. THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN POLAND