Competitiveness of the EU dairy industry

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Competitiveness of the EU dairy industry

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Figure 5.2 Total number of innovations in the EU-member states

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UK

France

Denmark

Germany

Netherlands

Sweden

Austria

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The EU accounts for over 60% of all innovations. The results correspond

more or less with the national dairy companies' presence on the international

market. It should be recognized that New Zealand has almost two-thirds of the

level of innovations compared to Denmark or Germany, and half compared to

France. Most other benchmark countries have low levels of innovation.

5.9 Top 25 innovative companies

The innovation database is used to classify the leading innovative firms. In the

database, 311 different companies or organisations (e.g. research institutes)

have at least one innovation. The top 25 is presented in figure 5.3. The leading

innovative companies are not only dairy processors but also packaging firms

(Tetra Pack) and suppliers of ingredients (Danisco, Chr. Hansen and DSM). Fonterra's

second place shows its leading position. This company combines an

abundance of raw materials with innovativeness, also in industrial products.

Eight of these companies are listed in the top 20 of global dairy companies.

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Italy

Spain

Belgium

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Greece

Poland

Luxemburg

Portugal

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