Catalonia is a country of Mediterranean Europe, with a GDP of over 200 billion euros and a GDP per capita of more than 28 thousand euros. With an area of 32.106,5 km2, it has a population of 7.5 million inhabitants.
The industrial sector represents 20.2% of GVA. There are some industries that highlight:
food and beverage
chemicals and petroleum refining
metallurgy and manufacture of metal products
The branches that have gained more weight in the industrial structure during the last 15 years are: energy, sanitation and waste management, power, chemical industries and pharmaceuticals.
Regarding the agricultural sector it represents 0.9% of total GVA in Catalonia and 3.6% of GVA including the food industry. Final agricultural production stands at around 4,300 million euros, 65.12% corresponding to livestock and 32.07% to agriculture.
The external sector is one of the strong points of the Catalan economy. Catalonia has a high degree of trade openness (a 116.9% of GDP) in line with other small and open economies in Europe.
For Catalonia, home of the second largest agri-food cluster in Europe, the agroindustry is not only one of the main sectors of its economy but also affords some of the greatest opportunities for growth, as a strategic, cross-cutting, entrepreneurial, innovative and competitive sector.
Fine food products have a special market position due to their value added. This may come from their premium quality, exclusive sales channel, sophisticated and distinct packaging, or their unique history (origin, person, territory). Catalonia offers a range of products whose high quality emanates from its values: tradition, craft, the quality of the land, innovation and exclusivity.
With a turnover of some EUR 7.700 million, the fine food industry comprises one of Catalonia’s main agrifood sectors. In the agrifood sector it accounts for 29,60% of turnover, 39,43% of employment and 44% of companies.