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La Rioja - Food industry data

La Rioja - Food industry data

The food industry is the region?s key industrial activity in terms of number (it represents 45% of industry with 850 companies), in relation to its contribution to gross added value (it represents 30% of GDP in La Rioja) and in terms of employment (around 25% in La Rioja, employing over 6,965 workers).

The industry?s annual growth rate is 19.5% as opposed to national growth of 2.3% (2006 vs.2005) and there is a clear leaning towards micro-companies (<5 employees), which make up 55% of the total compared with companies employing over 20 workers making up just 10% of the total.


La superficie del Eje del Valle del Ebro representa el 20,3 % del total de España y demográficamente el 25,6% (12.081.643 habitantes).

El PIB del Eje del Valle del Ebro es de 325.403 MEuros, lo que representa el 30,6% del total de España.

The importance of the sector on a regional level is shown in the following graphs:


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Fuente: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino: ?Ganando dimensión para competir?

El Valle del Ebro representan el 34,8%% de las ventas totales de productos agroalimentarios y hasta un 31,3% del total de inversiones en activos materiales.

El número de empresas asciende a 7396, lo que supone un 25,1% del total a nivel nacional.

En 2012, las regiones que conforman el Eje del Valle del Ebro obtuvieron un volumen de ventas netas de 30.830 MEuros lo que supone un 34,8% del total de la IA española.


El valor añadido del conjunto de la industria en el Valle del Ebro ascendió en 2012 a 6495 MEuros, suponiendo un 31,9% del total nacional.

La productividad media del sector asciende a 55.100 ?/persona ocupada y la rentabilidad media de un 8,52%, dándose diferencias muy significativas entre las regiones que lo conforman y destacando La Rioja entre ellas.

Por subsectores, en el Valle del Ebro los datos más significativos son los siguientes:

When looking at the sector?s commercial relevance, it is important to note the specialized nature of some companies and the wide range of produce in others which enable the cluster to reach the level required to become a point of reference. Over 10% of companies in the cluster are large companies and the majority of these are recognized leaders in their sector (Riberebro, Heinz, Cidacos, Conservas Rioverde, Unión Tostadora, Palacios, Foncasal, etc)

It is also important to note the region?s total dominance of world chorizo production, estimated at 80% of total production.

Almost all companies invoicing over one million euro currently export their produce to a large number of countries. We should stress the emergence of different shared initiatives between companies to achieve greater penetration in these international markets in terms of sales, production and supplies. Several companies have sales offices abroad, the majority in Europe and America. As a result, exports count for around 15-20% of the cluster?s turnover and this is focused on medium and large companies.

In terms of industrial presence, as will be seen later on, the supply factor in the industry is international, meaning that some companies within the cluster have production facilities abroad: there are production plants in Peru, China, Mexico and the USA. Some companies within the cluster have production plants throughout Spain: Navarra, Aragon, Extremadura, Castilla La Mancha, Cataluña, etc.

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