The US is the leading destination market for greenfield food FDI, while it is also the top source market. GlobalData’s food foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in food foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2022, the food sector was the twelfth largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The food sector accounts for 3.5% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 54.6% of total food FDI projects.

The leading destination country for food FDI is the US. Germany, France and Russia are also popular food investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, Germany-based companies were the leading source of greenfield food investments into the US.

With respect to outbound FDI, the US was the leading food source market. US-based companies held a 18.5% share of total outbound food FDI projects. Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands and France are also top source markets for food FDI.

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