The food industry in NRW
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The food industry in NRW

Millions of potential customers in Germany and other countries, a broad industry mix, plus the availability of competitive suppliers – these are the defining characteristics of the food industry in NRW. The value chain begins in the agricultural input sectors and extends via the food processing industry and skilled crafts to the food retailing and catering/restaurant trades. Numerous enterprises (especially SMEs) in NRW operate successfully in the food sector on the basis of innovative products, process and market strategies.

Did you know ...

… that NRW has 51 restaurants with a grand total of 56 Michelin stars?

... that almost half of NRW's area is used for agriculture?

... that NRW is one of the three most important agricultural locations in Germany?

Quick Facts

4 out of 10

in NRW
Ranked in terms of sales, four of Germany’s top ten food retailers are based in NRW: Rewe (3rd place), Aldi Group (4th) and Metro (5th) and Lekkerland (6th).

More than 1.000

are in the food-processing industry with more than 109,000 employees in total.

41 bn. €

annual sales
They generate annual sales of nearly EUR 41 billion; nearly a quarter of the total German turnover.

International trade show "anuga": a magnet for the food industry

The food industry in NRW - Anuga 2017

Held in Cologne every two years, "anuga" is the world’s largest and most important food and beverages trade show. The ten trade fairs that make up "anuga" unite the global industry and bring together producers, importers, wholesalers and decision-makers from throughout the food industry. Thanks to the large proportion of foreign participants among the trade visitors (75 percent), anuga 2017 reasserted its role as the international trading hub for foods and beverages.

Food companies in NRW

Numerous global food industry players are located in NRW:

Coppenrath & Wiese
Dr. Oetker

Cologne Cathedral: The most visited monument of Germany

Cologne Cathedral

Category: Cultur/Art

Region: Köln/Bonn

A native of Cologne is known by his love of Kölsch (beer), carnival and of course the cathedral. The sight of the two cathedral spires enthrals not just the natives but 6 million visitors from all corners of the world annually, making the Cologne Cathedral the most visited landmark of Germany.

When completed, in 1880, the "High Cathedral of Cologne" was the biggest building in the world. At 157.38 m, the Gothic cathedral is currently Europe’s second-tallest church building. The architecture kept to the mediaeval plans for the most part, despite 600 years of construction. The West face of the cathedral, including the two towers, has a surface area of 7,100 m² making it the largest church facade in the world.

A European masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The reliquary of the remains of The Three Kings inside the Catholic church draws scores of visitors, as does the stained glass in the southern transept window, created by the famous German artist, Gerhard Richter, in 2007.

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