Food and Beverage

Food and Beverage

A Large Potential Market for Foreign Exporters

Industry Overview

Germany's 80.6 million inhabitants make the food and beverage market the largest in Europe. The sector ranks fourth among the local producing industries and has a workforce of around 555,000 across the roughly 6,000 predominantly small and medium sized enterprises (BVE, 2013).

Germany's main trading partners in the food and beverage industry are other EU countries followed by Russia, the United States, Switzerland, and China (BVE, 2013). In the past ten years, food imports have steadily increased, thus underlying the rising demand for foreign as well as exotic foods.