Slovakia was one of the fastest-growing economies among the EU Member States in 2015, recording a three percent increase in GDP. Real salaries increased by four percent in 2015, which strengthened overall purchasing power and led to spending more money for foodservice in 2015. There are McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut and Subway chains in Slovakia. In June 2016, Starbucks opened its first store in Bratislava shopping center. Slovaks have a strong preference for Slovakian food and beverages as there has been a major Ministry of Agriculture campaign for domestic products. There is no U.S. fresh beef yet; however, there is a demand for high quality U.S. fresh beef. U.S. products available in the HRI sector include almonds, pecans, cranberries, barbecue and chili sauces, bourbon, fish, live lobster, scallops and a limited offer of wine.

Slovakia: Hotel Restaurant Institutional Sector Report