Summary
Slow increase in total EU industrial production
Decline in food and drink EU retail trade volumes during Q1 of 2011
Slight increase in industrial output
Food producers’ price growth peaks above consumer prices
Employment in the EU food and drink sector falls back to the trough of Q1 of 2010
Trade: Q4 2010 registers growth both imports and exports
Other Topics
Evolution of agricultural raw material prices during Q1 of 2011
Imported food prices rise dramatically in Q1 of 2011
Trade partner profile: Mediterranean region
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At A Glance - Summary of Q1 highlights
The economic performance of the EU food and drink industry during  Q1 of 2011, in the context of overall industrial production in the EU.
Output upfp upEmployment DownImports UpExports Up
Due to the delay in availability of official trade data, imports and exports represent the evolution within Q4 of 2010 year-on-year.

Slow increase in total EU industrial production
Decrease in food and drink retail trade in the EU
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Decline in food and drink EU retail trade volumes during Q1 of 2011

EU “Food, drinks and tobacco” fell by -0.3% compared to Q4 2010. The non-food sector retail trade increased by +0.2%.

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Slight increase in industrial output
Overall picture affected by the negative performance of both Mediterranean and Scandinavian countries

Food and drink industry output in the EU grew in Q1 of 2011, registering a general increase of +0.52% compared to the previous quarter (Q4 2010).

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Food producers’ price growth peaks above consumer prices

For the first time since December 2008, food producer prices are increasing at a higher rate than consumer prices.

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Employment in the EU food and drink sector falls back to the trough of Q1 of 2010
The slight decline in employment in EU food and drink industries that started during Q4 of 2010, continued during Q1 of 2011  and reaching  a rate of -1.4% compared to the previous quarter. Consequently, employment has fallen back to the same level as the same period last year.
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Trade: Q4 2010 registers growth both imports and exports

The EU trade balance for food and drink products increased by +41% in Q4 of 2010 compared to the same period of 2009 and approached a figure of €3 billion.

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Other Topics
Evolution of agricultural raw material prices during Q1 of 2011
Slight decrease in cocoa and soft wheat prices and an average increase in dairy and oils raw materials prices
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Imported food prices rise dramatically in Q1 of 2011
Import prices
Prices of imported food products from outside the EU continued their marked increase in Q1 of 2011 noting a peak in March 2011, amid a repeated decline of the Euro, as shown in the following graph.
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Trade partner profile: Mediterranean region

The EU registers a positive trade balance of €2.4 billion with the Mediterranean region1 in the food and drink trade. The value of EU exports to the region amounted to €4.3 billion in 2010, registering an increase of +40% over the last decade. Imports of foodstuffs from the Mediterranean region to the EU increased during the same period by +50%.

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Interview
 
Mr. Andrzej Gantner, Director General PFPŻ
Mr. Andrzej Gantner, Director General PFPŻ
Interview with Mr. Andrzej Gantner - Director General PFPŻ, Polish Federation of the Food Industry

Warsaw, June 2011 – Mr. Andrzej Gantner, Director General of PFPŻ, Polish Federation of the Food Industry was interviewed to mark the Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union from July to December 2011.

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