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Latvian food producers are actively seeking new export markets, as well as opportunities to boost their sales. While the state should work harder to ensure fair competition, Dana Erciņa, marketing director at SIA Spilva, told the business news portal BNN.

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SIA Spilva marketing director Dana Ercina

What are the recent key events in your industry?

Raw material and energy resource price gains hit food industry considerably, seriously influencing products costs and leaving long-term effects on the end-price. It is still important for food producers to maintain production, which is not easy due to the economic recession and limited market conditions. Therefore, Latvian food companies are actively looking for new export markets and possibilities to boost sales in the existing export markets.

Do you feel the lack of skilled workers?

Currently, we do not experience acute shortages of skilled workers, even though there were difficulties with finding professionals in some specific vacancies. Given the current situation on the Latvian market, including demographic situation, it must be concluded that with the current trends continuing, the lack of skilled labour could become a more serious issue.

What changes would you like to see in the Latvian legislation?

It is necessary to improve Latvian companies’ competitiveness, namely, adjusting the business environment for manufacturers operating in Latvia. We need fair competition, so that, in terms of prices, companies paying all taxes are as competitive as less honest ones.

How did the crisis affect your industry?

The economic situation makes the price the key factor, because in circumstances with buyers’ income dropping, all the habits and costs are revised. Accordingly, people have less money for purchasing diverse and high quality food.

When will your company reach the pre-crisis performance?

We are working on achieving it as soon as possible, but we cannot provide exact forecasts yet.


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