The food industry in Estonia is an important branch of the processing industry and in comparison with the other sub-branches it is the most stable one. In 2012, 36% of the production was exported and its share of the industrial production was 11%.
The companies operating in Viljandi County offer meat, dairy and bakery products. The beverage industry and cultivation of fruits, berries and vegetables are also playing an important role.
Cristella and Valio Eesti AS provide over 300 jobs in the county and their turnover which totalled up to nearly 100 million euros in 2012 illustrates the suitability of Viljandi County in terms of food production.