Establish a Catering Company in the Netherlands

Establish a Catering Company in the Netherlands

Establish a Catering Company in the Netherlands

Are you ready to sink your teeth into the lucrative catering business in the Netherlands? The Dutch have a rich food heritage with influences from all over the world through tourism, foreign investors and businesses choosing to make the Netherlands their company homes. What’s more, the Netherlands has become a hotspot for startups and small businesses creating a lucrative event and catering market.

The result is an abundance of opportunities in the catering market, making it the perfect time and place to start a Dutch catering business. Take a bit of the action and open a Dutch catering company today!

INCO’s consultants are experts in business development in the Netherlands and they can help you to identify specific opportunities and how to take advantage of these opportunities by starting a catering business in the Netherlands. Call us now!

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Rules and regulations to start a catering company in the Netherlands

Many catering businesses in the Netherlands operate from a home kitchen, however, the same strict food service rules and regulations set out by the Dutch government apply regardless of where you operate from.

Based on European Union legislation concerning the transportation, preparation, and processing of food and beverages, these rules and regulations include the following:

All these regulations can make starting a catering business in the Netherlands a lengthy process. INCO’s highly experienced consultants can help you fast track the process by informing you about all the relevant regulations and how to meet them. Call a consultant today!

How do I set up a catering company in the Netherlands

  • The first thing you have to do when starting a Dutch business is to register a Dutch company with the Dutch Trade Register, which must include the mandatory NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) number. For catering businesses, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section I; Division 56; Group 56.1 - 56.3; Class 56.10 - 56.30.

  • One of the most popular types of companies in the catering industry is a limited liability company, or Dutch BV.

  • Once you have registered your Dutch company you need to apply for certain licenses and/or permits. Some of these include the following:

  • Food license (mandatory).

  • Alcohol license to serve alcoholic beverages if you wish to sell alcoholic beverages.

  • License to offer food demonstrations.

Our company formation consultants can tell you whether you about all the licenses and permits that you might need to start a catering business in the Netherlands. Call us now so we can help you to make the process quick and easy.

Why choose INCO to help you to start a catering business in the Netherlands?

  • INCO has helped many people to set up a catering business in the Netherlands.

  • Our agents have a lot of experience with the process of incorporating a company, including starting a Dutch BV, and they know everything about starting a catering business in the Netherlands.

  • We can connect you to the relevant regulatory bodies and authorities and provide you with business development services that will help you run a profitable business.

  • We can help you to draw up a solid business plan so you can start a Dutch company and start servicing clients as soon as possible.

  • An INCO agent can help you to secure funding for your catering business.

  • INCO is a Dutch company, and therefore we know the Dutch hospitality market well. We use this knowledge to help guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands quickly and easily. This makes us the best local business partner for your business in the Netherlands.

  • When you start a business in the Netherlands, you are going to need experienced and skilled staff. We can connect you to top recruitment agencies to ensure that you get the best catering talent for your business.

We are the best local business partners for you in the Netherlands. Call now!

Frequently asked questions:

1. Do I require a license to operate a catering business in the Netherlands?


2. Why is The Netherlands such a good place to start a catering business?

  • Growing number of businesses of all sizes present lots of catering and event opportunities.

  • High consumer confidence in food service establishments.

  • Strict regulations ensure ultimate food safety and quality.

  • The Netherlands has a very stable and resilient business environment.

3. How long does it take to start a catering company in the Netherlands?

Starting a Dutch company usually takes between 2-5 days, but since you require a license to open a catering business in the Netherlands, it may take a bit longer. Call us to find out more.

4. Can I start a catering business in the Netherlands as a non-Dutch or EU citizen?

Yes. The Dutch government allows foreigners to start a Dutch business, or bring their existing catering business from abroad. However, certain legal conditions apply and all non-Dutch citizens are required to have relevant work and residence permits.

Are you excited about starting a catering business in the Netherlands, but you are unsure whether the local catering market is the right one? Or if you are considering other EU countries like France or Germany, feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why the hospitality sector in the Netherlands is the perfect place to start a Dutch company.

We can help you determine your business proposition, as well as the services you aim to provide and give input and expert guidance on how to present this to the Dutch market.

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