Due to the severe Nordic winters and relatively short growing season, Sweden relies heavily on imported food and agricultural products. In 2008, imports of agricultural, fish and forestry products totaled US$ 18,927 million, which accounted for 2 percent of the Swedish total import value. Agricultural products in Sweden are subject to the EU standard import licensing system, EU-wide quotas, import taxes and other provisions required of European member states. Sweden has maintained the right to continue some of its pre-EU membership food safety standards during a transitional period. Most of these national standards are tougher than those of the EU. For example, within the dairy, livestock and poultry sector, Sweden maintains what is essentially a zero tolerance for salmonella. In all other respects, Sweden conforms to EU regulations.
Best prospects: Dried fruits and nuts, wine, beer, seafood, healthy snacks, ethnic foods, organic foods, health and diet foods, convenience foods, frozen juices, rice and rice mixes, processed fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, confectionery and pet food.
The Swedish consumer is gravitating towards fresher, healthier, more convenient and more nutritious foods. High demands are made on food quality. Swedes are concerned about where products are from and how they were produced. Swedish consumers are moving away from their culinary traditions as they become more open to new and exotic cuisine.
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