Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage

A Large Potential Market for Foreign Exporters

Jam and Honey | © Romography - Fotolia.com

Source: Jam and Honey | © Romography - Fotolia.com

Supporting Institutions

Foreign companies looking for German food importers, wholesalers or distributors can find further information at the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), the Federal Association of the German Retail Grocery Trade (BVL), the Federation of German Wholesale and Foreign Trade (BGA) as well as at the respective industry associations for the various segments of the food market.


The BVE – The Federation of German Food and Drink Industries represents the interests of 21 branch associations and 50 food and beverage companies in Germany. It is one of the first stops for foreign companies looking for information and contacts in the German food and drink industry. The BVE's main responsibility is to represent the interests of its members at both national and international levels.

The BVL – The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety serves as the federal organization for the food retail trade in Germany and represents all sales channels and companies in the field. The association's role is to safeguard the sector's interests with regard to legislation, the public authorities and the general public in Germany and Europe.

The BGA – The Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services is the leading business association mainly focused on supporting the middle market, also known as the German Mittelstand. The Association represents 28 regional employers’ associations and 51 branch associations from across the wholesale and foreign trade sectors. Its goal is to assert the interests of its members vis-à-vis the German Bundestag, the German government and relevant ministries.

Information about the different industry-related trade fairs being held in Germany can be found in the database of the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA).