Generating approx. 85 billion euros in revenue every year, the Netherlands is the world’s second-largest exporter of agrifood products after the US. The city of Rotterdam plays a central role in the Netherlands’ agrifoods industry. Its strategic location on the river Maas, its port, and the logistical expertise and specialist services on offer have all helped make Rotterdam an international agrifoods hub.

European and global hub

Companies from across the full breadth of the agrifoods supply chain are based in the greater Rotterdam area. Every day, large volumes of fresh, chilled, and frozen products (rice, fruit, vegetables, oils, grains, corn, seeds, juices) are shipped from Rotterdam to destinations all over Europe and the rest of the world. The city invests heavily in new technologies, infrastructure, and locations that are essential in strengthening Rotterdam’s position as a hub in the European and global agrifoods industry.

Commodity Traders

The Rotterdam area is home to a wide range of food production companies, food processing plants, and specialist trading and logistics firms. All the major commodity traders are based here, including the so-called ‘big four’: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus.


In Rotterdam, the old and the new economy naturally complement each other, creating an environment where industry crossovers arise organically. The city offers unparalleled scope for innovation and entrepreneurship. When it comes to innovation in the agrifoods sector, companies such as Koppert Cress, RijkZwaan, Certhon, and Unilver lead the way with heavy spending on R&D. The presence of these companies, combined with the fact that the region is also home to several leading universities, is a key driving force for the development of a genuine agrifoods knowledge ecosystem in Rotterdam.

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