Germany at its Best

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen



The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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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. 

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Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

… that NRW has 44 restaurants with a grand total of 49 Michelin stars? … that 25% of Germany's beer is brewed in North Rhine-Westphalia?

Quick Facts

  • Ranked in terms of sales, five of Germany’s top ten food retailers are based in NRW: Rewe (2nd place), Metro (4th), Aldi Group (5th), Lekkerland (6th) and Tengelmann (7th).
  • More than 1,000 companies in the food-processing industry with more than 100,000 employees generate annual sales of approx. EUR 38 billion; nearly a quarter of the total German turnover.

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

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 (65 percent), anuga 2013 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:

Dr. Oetker HARIBO Zentis

Krombacher Brewery: THe largest selling Pilsener of Germany
The Top-selling Pilsener Beer Source: Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH
The brewery carrying the name of its birthplace, Krombach, a district of Kreuztal town, appears in official documents for the first time in 1803. In those days the master brewer, Johannes Haas, fetched water for this family-run brewery in barrels from a spring in the west of the village by ox carts. That notwithstanding the brewery met with substantial success. As early as 1829 a deal was made with the organisers of the Olpe Marksman's Festival to provide beer from Krombach. This contractual arrangement is still in place today. What was then a supply of 25 Ohm (an outdated German measurement for liquids) is the equivalent of 37.5 hectolitres today. With a total production of 6.428 million hectolitres Krombacher ranks today among the largest privately owned German breweries. "Krombacher Pils" with a consumption of 4.4 million hectolitres is the top-selling Pilsner brand in Germany: the alcohol-free beer is likewise a market leader in its segment. The brewery is one of the main sponsors in various fields of sports, Formula 1 broadcasts being one of them. It is also the official partner of the DFL (German Football League) and sponsor of the Bundesliga football clubs Eintracht Frankfurt, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg.




New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures