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 50 restaurants with a grand total of 53 Michelin stars?
… that 25% of Germany's beer is brewed in North Rhine-Westphalia?
... that NRW is one of the three most important agricultural locations in Germany?

Quick Facts

5 out of 10

in NRW
Ranked in terms of sales, five of Germany’s top ten food retailers are based in NRW: Rewe (2nd place), Metro (5th), Aldi Group (4th), Lekkerland (6th) and Tengelmann (7th).

More than 1.000

are in the food-processing industry with more than 100,000 employees in total.

39 bn. €

annual sales
They generate annual sales of nearly EUR 39 billion; nearly a quarter of the total German turnover.

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

The food industry in NRW

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

Alliance for Innovation: Germany's biggest alliance of universities

Category Food

Region Düsseldorf region

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.

Homepage InnovationsAllianz NRW

Neue Hochschulen in NRW werden Mitglied der InnovationsAllianz

SciTechs 2/2009


Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

Völklinger Str. 4
40219 Düsseldorf
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Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


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