Food processing is one of the major sectors in Greece, holding about 21 percent of the total sales and accounting for around 25 percent of the Greek manufacturing industry.
More than 10 percent of the Greek labor force works in supplying raw materials to the food processing industry through farming.
Food and beverage manufacturing, in turn, provides jobs to more than 20 percent of the employed population. A large proportion of raw materials has to be imported, with the EU countries supplying the majority of food products.
The below graphic provided by Euromonitor details the primary imports:
While Greece needs agricultural imports to sustain its food and feed processing industry, U.S. exporters new to the Greek market may find the Greek bureaucracy difficult maneuver, especially today.
There are strong private sectors trading ties between U.S. and Greece in certain products, yet there are widespread biases against U.S. food as inferior in favor of Greek and Mediterranean diets.
If you are looking for a road map into the Greek market for your brand, download the USDA Report on Greek Food regulations and strategy.