The region's best

Food products

Belgium and Wallonia are known throughout the world for their food products and gastronomy. The companies in these areas include some large businesses which are big exporters and are found in sectors such as frozen potato products, biscuit making, butter manufacture and the production and packaging of mineral waters.

However it is the small enterprises, some of them craft businesses, that shape the reputation of Walloon products. They are produced from high quality land, the result of careful agriculture cultivation that respects the environment

Many of these Walloon food products are labelled as 'organic', a card they are happy to play. Specialist beers and the many varieties of chocolate are still the most famous products. However there are many other specialities that enjoy huge exports: cheeses and cold meats of course but there are also waffles, cider, beef (BBB label) and pork, les confectionery, foie gras, ready meals and not forgetting, more recently, products from the vine.

L’APAQ-W (Walloon Agency for the Promotion of Quality in Agriculture) aims in particular to communicate and generate appreciation for the specifics of Walloon agriculture and to turn this into a positive image to promote its businesses and products and develop educational campaigns. Wallonia also hosts one of Europe's foremost international agricultural fairs, the Libramont agricultural and forestry fair (in July each year).

Wallonia has also started a club of some 70 businesses that are now Halal certified.

The agro-food industry – including untreated and prepared products – is Wallonia's 5th biggest export sector, but the 2nd in terms of employment (approximately 21,000 people).

The food ingredients sector, largely thanks to the Wagralim centres of competitiveness, has become one of the biggest export areas. It focuses specifically on the nutri-functional properties of food (the battle against obesity), food storage conditions, organic packaging, the production and marketing of a new soluble food fibre and fermentable extracts from cereals.

For your reference:

The Walloon agro-food portal (AWEX) (database of businesses)
Club of Walloon Halal certified businesses (AWEX) (database of businesses)
Fevia Wallonie (Walloon section of the food industry federation)

Stone and wood products

Another product that originates from Wallonia's natural resources is ornamental stone, including the famous blue stone, is another sector where two groups with international standing and less illustrious careers with more niche channels come together. These businesses are making a major contribution to what the sector can offer in terms of construction materials, a sector where the forestry industry in its various forms (timber, panels, complete homes, furniture) has for many years been making big breakthroughs in influencing ecological housing trends. There are two business clusters that are specifically concerned with these issues and with businesses in the sustainable construction sector: Cap 2020 and eco-construction.

Namur in Wallonia hosts a major annual international trade fair (Bois et Habitat)

Find a business in these sectors:

Walloon stones and marble
Woodnet (the wood portal)
Walloon confederation of construction

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