Compared to the other branches of the manufacturing industry in Croatia, the food industry (food and beverage) achieves the highest total revenue and employs the most people. This sector is the most developed in the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County, in Northwest Croatia and Osijek-Baranja county.
The food industry has attracted considerable foreign investment and many international companies are successfully operating in Croatia like Meggle, Axereal, Coca-Cola, Lactalis and others.
The most profitable businesses in this sector are the production and processing of milk and cheese, beer production, processing of tea and coffee and the production of soft drinks. One of the most important branches of the Croatian food industry is the confectionery industry. The most important export products of the food industry are food additives, biscuits and wafers, stuffed chocolate, canned fish, instant soups, olive oil, beer and other alcoholic beverages.