Food Industry

Food industry is an essential part of the manufacturing industry in Estonia. The most important branches of food industry in Estonia as well as in Tartu region are dairy industry, beverage industry, meat industry and bread industry.


Industry associations

In addition to the Estonian Food Industry Association, there are several other specialised associations, e.g. the Estonian Association of Bakeries, the Estonian Dairy Association, the Estonian Breweries Association, which unite Estonian food producers. All these associations represent their members’ interests and bring them together. Furthermore, the Association of Estonian Food Industry organises the Best Estonian Food Product competition.


Leading companies:

  • A. Le Coq is the largest producer of beverages in Estonia. The company produces beer and other alcoholic drinks, cider, juice, nectar, smoothie, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, water, syrups and kvass.
  • AS Salvest is one of the largest food-canning industries in Estonia. The company produces soups, lunch food, sauces, mayonnaise, salads, cabbage, pickles, baby food, jams, nectars, etc.
  • Valio Eesti is one of the largest local dairy companies:
    Valio Eesti was founded in 1992 and which produces and markets fresh dairy products and cheese made mostly of milk from southern Estonian farms. Valio Eesti updates its product selection every year and manufactures more than 150 different dairy and cheese products in total. Valio Eesti’s dairy products can be found in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Italy. On the Estonian market, Valio is represented in all most important dairy product categories: milk, cream, yoghurt, sour milk, desserts, cheese and spreads. Outside Estonia, the company mainly operates in the segments of cheese as well as fresh dairy products that strengthen health.
  • Nõo Lihatööstus offers a wide range of meat products from sausages and hams to barbecue meat:
    Nõo Lihatööstus was established in 1992. Since then, we have constantly developed and updated our products using the newest technology and best practises in the industry in order to fulfil our mission – to offer you delicious, high quality products made using the finest Estonian produce. The Nõo Lihavürst ensures that the best quality meat is used by the best specialists with the best equipment in order to make the best products for you.


Special cases in Tartu region