The German food sector

From farm to fork
The German food sector employs 5.45 million people in the related industries “from farm to fork”. Zoom
5.45 million employees, 652,000 businesses, 170,000 products.

The German food sector – that is almost 5.45 million people working in the related industries from farm to fork. The sector employs 12,2 percent of the working population in Germany, and it is a symbol for prosperity, growth and employment. The German food sector ensures the daily supply of safe, high-quality food, produced to the highest standards from raw material through the processing and production stages to packaging.

In addition to operating economically, corporate social responsibility and sustainability are essential parts of the self-image of the 652,000 businesses active in the sector. The entrepreneurs bear responsibility for their employees as well as for food safety, and often stand for their commitment with their family names and long company traditions.

Due to high product safety, quality and supply reliability, there is also high and growing demand for food "made in Germany” in international markets. The export business with its volume of more than 74 billion Euros is not only an important driver of growth and a guarantee of secure jobs, but also a strategic factor for the future of the sector.

The German food sector in numbers (infographic)

From farm to fork: The German food sector in numbers
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Press releases Press releases

  • Policy

    Economic effects of the coronavirus crisis: F2F Strategy and Green Deal requirements need to be reviewed

    Against the background of the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis, Food Federation Germany will look in detail at the priorities and feasibility of the Farm to Fork Strategy.
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Positions Positions

  • Food labeling

    Comments on the European Commission’s IIA with regard to labelling elements

    Food Federation Germany comments on the Commission’s plans for an Impact Assessment (IA) with regard to the “labelling elements” of the Farm to Fork Strategy.
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Events Events

  • 05.12.2022

    Tagung "Zukunft der Ernährung"

    Wir möchten Sie herzlich zu unserer Veranstaltung „Zukunft der Ernährung – Denkanstöße“ am 5. Dezember 2022 in Berlin (oder digital) einladen.
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