Belgium: The Market Is Growing Steadily


Frozen food in Belgium has recorded single-digit growth in all major categories between 2015-2016, with fruit and vegetables remaining the leading segment, followed by frozen processed seafood.

Dan Orehov

Frozen fruit and vegetables have risen 2.3% in Belgium, totaling a value of EUR303.6m last year, compared to 296.6 in 2015. Similar low single-digit growth was recorded for frozen processed meat (1.9%) and frozen seafood (2%), according to data provided by Euromonitor International. Same data shows that within the previous two years, the largest category growth in Belgium was the frozen meat substitutes market, which rose 5%, although its overall market share in terms of value remains low.

Imports and Exports

Over the last five years, imports of frozen vegetables in Belgium grew by 2.6% in value and 1% in quantity, reaching EUR385m and 447,000 tons in 2015. However, data from the Center for the promotion of imports from developing countries, belonging to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CBI) shows that imports from developing countries decreased by 9.5% in volume and by 2.7% in value during the same period, although positive import growth is expected in the coming years. This will provide opportunities for developing country exporters, especially for producers of frozen vegetables which are not produced in Belgium.

“Belgium is the largest producing, exporting and re-exporting country of frozen vegetables in Europe. The largest imports of frozen vegetables (59%) concern...

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