We strengthen rural areas by providing an essential source of income and employment, both directly and to the farmers who supply the raw materials used to make our ingredients
DRIVING RURAL ECONOMIES
The European starch industry is traditionally based at the heart of the rural areas from which it sources its agricultural raw materials. Directly employing more than 15.000 men and women across 19 members states and the UK, we help drive rural economies throughout Europe.
From 75 plants in 19 EU Member States
Processing and adding value to 24 million tonnes of EU agricultural raw materials
Producing 10,7 million tonnes of starches and starch-derivatives and over 5 million tonnes of plant-based proteins and fibres as ingredients for food, feed and industrial customers
Generating revenues of €7.4 Billion
VITAL OUTLET FOR FARMS
Processing 8.5M tonnes of Wheat, 8.5M tonnes of maize, and 7M tonnes of starch potatoes
Wageningen Study for PFP (2015) states that 160.000 farmers are indirectly employed by the starch industry (60.000 on a full-time equivalent basis)
Sourcing the 24 million tonnes of agricultural raw materials - notably wheat, maize, starch potatoes, barley, rice and peas - needed to make our plant-based ingredients, mainly local or always local when possible, the EU starch industry serves as a vital outlet for roughly 60.000 European farmers.
Through innovation we support farmers diversifying their income and we work together to find solutions that deliver both on ever-changing consumer demand and protecting the environment.
According to the EU, bio-based industries could create up to 1 million green jobs by 2030 especially in rural and coastal areas. The European Starch industry is a pioneer of the biorefinery concept, using biomass to produce a range of functional ingredients for both food a non-food outlets.
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In late 2023, the European Commission is due to publish its proposal for a legislative framework on sustainable food systems (FSFS). This proposal, once adopted, will likely provide the framework for a multitude of specific actions to help promote a sustainable food system going forward for years to come. It is of paramount importance to get that right.
This paper aims to demonstrate the substantial contribution so far of the EU starch industry to a sustainable food system, as well as what core needs our sector has for that contribution to continue, and even increase.