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.
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.
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An extensive network of universities doesn’t just serve to promote research, but can also be of particular assistance to the economy. Realising this, 23 universities and polytechnics formed the InnovationsAllianz of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2007. Germany's biggest alliance of universities offers a common platform of co-operation for universities, companies, communities and social institutions. The network helps put scientific expertise into practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia get credit notes from the InnovationsAllianz, with which the alliance co-finances research assignments through state funding. Potential partners can interface at the various fora on research topics; the "InnovationsDialog NRW" is held every two years. InnovationsAllianz also consolidates interactive research and knowledge transfer among the participating universities. Additionally, the alliance actively and efficiently promotes North Rhine-Westphalia's achievements beyond regional and national borders.
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