Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Threats that the Polish food producers would go bankrupt after Poland’s EU accession turned out to be false. The companies have record investments and incomes. Poland is EU’s sixth largest food market following France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain.
Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Threats that the Polish food producers would go bankrupt after Poland’s EU accession turned out to be false. The companies have record investments and incomes. Poland is EU’s sixth largest food market following France, Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain. “A year after the accession, the number of meat, dairy and fish plants with export licences has rapidly increased. There was no mass liquidation of such companies”, Roman Urban, a professor in the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Food Economy wrote in his report. Since January 2004, the number of meat plants with EU export licences has grown by nine fold to 640.
No wonder, exports of agricultural and food products have grown within last year by over 30 percent to EUR 5.2 billion. “Foreign trade results in the fourth quarter of 2004 and first months of 2005 show that this was not a transitional change. Meanwhile, the Polish market has not been flooded with EU food”, Roman Urban added. The following branches noted the highest growth rates of exports: dairy (EUR 613m), fruit and vegetable (728), meat (509), poultry (263), fish (349) and sugar (328). In 2004, food companies had also record income. The net result of the food industry amounted to PLN 4.6 billion (EUR 1.2 billion), or three times more than a year earlier.
Another advantage of the accession are record investments. According to the report, in 2004, the companies spent PLN 6.6 billion for investments against PLN 4.9 billion a year earlier. The following sectors invested most: meat (PLN 1.5 billion), dairy (982) and alcohol (739). This year, it may be even more. “I believe this year’s investments in the branch will be bigger because the companies have EU structural funds to their disposal”, Jan Dabrowski, the CEO of the dairy company in Lowicz commented. For example, Sokolow meat producer, is going to invest PLN 64m against PLN 20m last year.
(PLN 1 = EUR 0.256)(USD 1 = EUR 0.825)
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