Catalonia is a country of Mediterranean Europe, with a GDP of over 200 billion euros and a GDP per capita of more than 28 thousand euros. With an area of 32.106,5 km2, it has a population of 7.5 million inhabitants.
The industrial sector represents 20.2% of GVA. There are some industries that highlight:
food and beverage
chemicals and petroleum refining
metallurgy and manufacture of metal products
The branches that have gained more weight in the industrial structure during the last 15 years are: energy, sanitation and waste management, power, chemical industries and pharmaceuticals.
Regarding the agricultural sector it represents 0.9% of total GVA in Catalonia and 3.6% of GVA including the food industry. Final agricultural production stands at around 4,300 million euros, 65.12% corresponding to livestock and 32.07% to agriculture.
The external sector is one of the strong points of the Catalan economy. Catalonia has a high degree of trade openness (a 116.9% of GDP) in line with other small and open economies in Europe.
The meat industry is the main food industry in Catalonia, with a turnover of almost 8,000 million euros. The Catalan meat sector represents over 32% of turnover in the food industry, 40% in employment and over 21% in number of companies.
This sector is increasingly geared towards vertical integration in order to ensure traceability from the farm to the retail outlet, complying with the growing demands of the market.
Catalonia has produced more than two million tons of meat, considering all species (porcine, bovine, ovine, equine, goats, poultry and rabbits).It also stands for positioning in international markets poultry hatching eggs.
Catalonia is also a major meat exporter. Almost 36% of the produced meat is sold in foreign markets, which represents, in value, more than 2.400 million euros and a coverage rate of over 600%.
At the same time, Catalonia is a country with a strong tradition in the production of hand-made stuffed meats, of high quality and great variety.