Sectors we represent

The following sectors are covered under the EU umbrella organisation CELCAA:


Europe consumes around 414 mt of grains (cereals and oilseeds) and derived products, catering for food , feed and industrial needs. Of these 339 mt of grains are produced in the EU and 75 mt of grains and products derived thereof are imported from Third Countries (data 2013). In terms of raw materials, food security and competitiveness of the industry in the EU means interdependency and constant tension been domestic and Third Country supply.

This is a fact: quantities may change from one year to another but the status of Europe as importer did not change and it is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future. Collectors, traders, merchants and storekeepers play a vital role in the supply chain moving cereals, oilseeds, protein crops and products thereof, oils and fats from areas of surplus into areas of deficit at affordable costs.

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Milk is the most significant agricultural product sector in terms of value and represents approximately 15 % of agricultural output. The EU is a major player in the world dairy market as the top global exporter of many dairy products, most notably cheeses.Matching supply with demand for all dairy products is a gigantic challenge to the dairy industry. In order to deal with this complex dairy supply chain, the European industry relies on the expertise offered by its trading community. Whether on the sizeable internal EU market or the world market, dairy traders have always been on the forefront in ensuring that dairy products find buyers effectively and efficiently. This involvement helps securing value for all participants in the chain and reduces price volatility. With milk production of nearly 150 million tonnes and a variety of top quality matched by no other global region, the European Union is the dairy reference of the world. The skills of European dairy traders are valued well beyond the borders of the Union.

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Wine is an essential economic and labour intensive activity and plays a major socioeconomic role for many Member States and regional economies, and for the EU economy as a whole. The European Union is the world’s leading producer, consumer, exporter and importer of wine, accounting for 45 % of wine-growing areas; 65 % of production; 57 % of global consumption and 70 % of exports in global terms.
The EU Wine sector is the EU’s biggest agriculture exporter. With around 8,9 billion € worth of exports, the wine sector made a contribution of over 6,5 billion € to the EU trade balance. (2013). The total EU wine exports to third countries have grown from 17.9 Mio hl in 2007 to 22.5 Mio hl in 2012 (+26%). The total export value of EU wines increased from €6 billion in 2007 to €8.8 Billion in 2012 (+46%). Exports now represent 15% of production, against less than 10% in 2007.

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Meat is a highly significant sector for the EU, producing about 44 million tonnes of meat annually, including poultry meat. The EU is a global player in this sector, exporting nearly three times as much meat as it imports. EU consumption of meat is expected to rise in the future, as is global consumption, this means meat will continue to be a pertinent sector for years to come.

In 2013, the EU was home to a herd of nearly 8 million bovines. The EU usually produces around 7.4 million tonnes of beef annually. Among the largest producers of beef in the EU are France, Germany, Italy and the UK. The EU has a robust self-sufficiency in beef of 103.8%. The EU exports more cattle / beef than it imports (454,000 vs 304,000 tonnes in 2013.

The EU is one of the most significant global players in the pork sector and the biggest world exporter. In 2013, there was an EU herd of over 145 million pigs and the EU produced 22.4 million tonnes of pork. Germany, Spain, France, Poland and Denmark are among the top EU producers of pork. The EU exported 3.1 million tonnes of pork, pork products and pork by products and imported 34,000 tonnes and is more than self-sufficient in pork.

Regarding the sheep and goat sector there are about 85 million sheep and around 12 million goats in the EU in 2013. Combined, around 920,000 thousand tonnes of sheep meat and goat meat was produced in the EU. Spain, the UK, Greece and Romania have the most sheep while Greece, Spain, Romania and France produce the most goats.
The EU is self-sufficient to 85% and imports (200,000 tonnes in 2013) much more in this sector than it exports (36,000 t in 2014). Many imports of sheep come from trading partners, including Australia and New Zealand. However, the EU exports are improving and gaining market shares in Asia and Mediterranean countries.

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The European Union is the world’s second largest producer of eggs and egg products and is a net exporter. The EU is also one of the top producers of poultry meat. Eggs, egg products and poultry meat are produced to the highest standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection.

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On retail level, CELCAA represents the Butcher crafts sector. With a total of more than 150,000 craft butcher and catering companies, the sector employs nearly 1 million people. The total turnover of this sector amounts in excess of 60 billion euro per year.

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Thirteen EU member countries produce tobacco – with a few regions in Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria being particularly active. The 27-member EU currently produces +/- 280 000 tons of raw tobacco annually. EU production represents 4% of worldwide production. Italy is the biggest EU producer, followed by Bulgaria, Poland and Spain.


Other general products, such as honey, spices, etc are also covered by the umbrella organisation.

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The European tea and herbal infusions industry is comprised of a broad variety of companies ranging from small specialized enterprises to well-known international brands. These companies are active in the field of sourcing raw materials, wholesale trade, international trade and manufacturing, including packaging, of tea, herbal infusions and extracts thereof. Regardless of the structure and size of these companies, they all share common values ​​and goals. THIE provides the European framework to represent their interests at European level with the necessary degree of vigour.

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