Bundesverband Deutscher Pflanzenzüchter e.V. (German Plant Breeders' Association)
The German Plant Breeders Association (BDP) is a registered association with offices in Bonn and Berlin. It represents the interests of the plant breeding and seed trading companies in Germany. BDP is a non-government, non-profit organization financed by its 130 member companies. BDP voices the interests of its members, internally and externally. The most important objective is to optimize the breeding and seed trading framework with regards to:
- the organization of plant breeding research,
- the promotion of new breeding technologies,
- the development of variety protection and variety certification,
- appropriate regulations for seed marketing,
- legal certainty for plant breeding,
- protection of intellectual property,
- public communications on all relevant topics.
Through its national office at Brussels BDP also actively contributes to numerous committees of European association and sets up internal working groups with the aim of responding to the global responsibilities of German plant breeding. BDP’s objective is to provide quick and competent information to its members on international developments and to bring in German proposals.
Bundesverband der obst- gemüse- und kartoffelverarbeitenden Industrie e.V.
The Association of the Fruit, Vegetable and Potato Processing Industry (BOGK) is the voice of the sixth largest sector in the German food industry – consisting mostly of small and medium sized enterprises. BOGK’s mission is to represent the political and economic interests of its members vis-à-vis decision makers on all levels of Government. To this end BOGK works particularly closely with the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the European Commission.
In addition BOGK speaks for its members in business relations with stakeholders throughout the food chain. At trade fairs BOGK organizes the representation of the industry, for example through joint exhibition stands.
Finally, BOGK is the industry’s spokesman in press and media relations. It focusses on detailing the sector’s contribution to a healthy diet and a sustainable production and distribution of processed fruit, vegetables and potato products.
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Bundesvereinigung der Erzeugerorganisationen Obst und Gemüse e.V.
Bundesvereinigung der Erzeugerorganisationen Obst und Gemüse e.V. (BVEO), Germany’s Union of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations is a confederation of 40 members (30 producer organizations and ten individual companies) of the German fruit and vegetable industry. Its office is located in Berlin. The union represents the political interests of its members in Germany and abroad, organizes appearances at trade fairs and conventions and coordinates PR and marketing activities. Important tasks:
- Establishment of optimal marketing and funding conditions for producer organizations by representation of member interests towards Federal ministries, institutions, food retailing industry and politics
- Contact for many issues and problems of the fruit and vegetable industry
- Pooling of member activities in the fields of advertising, marketing activities and PR campaigns
- Organization and execution of trade fairs and conventions - nationally and abroad
- Distribution of specialized information and internal news for members
In 2013, the group of German producer organizations generated an added turnover of approx. 3.5 billion Euros by trading and distributing fruit, vegetable, flowers and plants.
Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V.
DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V. – German Agricultural Society), founded in 1885 by Max Eyth, is an open network and serves as a professional voice of agriculture, agribusiness and the food industry. Its goal is to promote progress by transferring and communicating knowledge, quality and technology. DLG has over 30,000 members. It is politically independent and internationally networked.
As one of the leading organizations in its sector, DLG organizes trade fairs and events in the fields of agriculture and food technology, conducts tests of foods and beverages, agricultural machinery and equipment, as well as farm inputs, and in a large number of expert committees develops answers to the challenges confronting agriculture, agribusiness and the food industry.
Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e.V.
The German Raiffeisen Federation (Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e.V. – DRV) is the head organisation of Germany’s agricultural and food industry co-operatives. In 2015 the 2,250 member companies generated an added turnover of 61.7 billion Euros. Farmers, gardeners and winegrowers are members and owner of the co-operatives. They purchase, process and market the entire range of agricultural products. Approximately 82,000 employees are working for the co-operative members and customers operating in national and international agricultural markets. The work of the DRV is based on F.W. Raiffeisen’s ideas and principles of self-help, self-administration and self-responsibility. As the head organisation the DRV represents the interests of its members in national and European politics.
Key factors for success:
- Consistent focus on market and future developments of the co-operatives
- Improvement in efficiency throughout the entire process chain
- Horizontal pooling of interests in response to consolidations in food retail sector
- Application and enhancement of quality management
- Optimisation of transparency and industrial hygiene along the entire process chain
Food – Made in Germany e.V.
Food – Made in Germany association is the export organization of the German food & drinks sector – from entrepreneurs - for entrepreneurs. FMIG is as a cross-sector initiative related to all questions regarding export, especially for smaller and medium-sized enterprises.
Our service profile:
- Support for foreign traders in the search for experienced German food and drinks producers
- Information on export relevant events in Germany and abroad (exhibitions, market research trips, matchmaking, seminars etc.)
- Market research and information
- Networking and exchanges of experiences
- Activities for market entries (listing events, exhibitions, business trips, matchmaking, business presentations etc.)
German Dairy / Export-Union für Milchprodukte
The association Export-Union for dairy products represents the interests of some 100 member companies. If we include our co-operation partners in the equation, the figures cover around 95% of all German dairy suppliers with the processing of 31,5 million tons of milk. The sector overall has a turnover of more than 23 billion euro, making it one of the sectors with the highest turnover in the German food industry. To find out more about the companies of the German dairy industry, please visit this website.
Animal Breeding in Germany
The breeding organizations coordinate the genetic improvement of livestock. They have a long tradition about more than 100 years. The breeding federations are competitive companies of breeding and insemination. The breeding goal is oriented on market requirement.
Breeding animals from Germany enjoy a very good reputation all over the world. Beside the optimization of the achievement potential, the characteristics of health and fitness are also an important consideration.
German Meat GmbH
German Meat is the joint export promotion organization of the German pork, beef, poultry and meat processing industry. The aim of German Meat is to promote the export of products made by the German meat industry. It helps you to find exactly the right supplier of meat and meat products from Germany.
German Sweets e.V. (German Association for the Promotion of Chocolate, Confectionery, Biscuit, Snack and Ice-cream Exports) is the committed export partner of the German confectionery industry.Founded in 1977, our organisation meanwhile counts more than 100 companies from the manufacturing sectors chocolate products, sugar confectionery, fine bakery wares, ice cream, snacks, and raw pastes among its members. As of 1997, we have also admitted manufacturers of confectionary-related products, as extraordinary members. We simultaneously serve as a reference office for professional buyers and importers from all over the globe.
Verband der Ausfuhrbrauereien Nord-, West- und Südwestdeutschlands e.V.
The Association of the Export Breweries of Northern, Western and Southwestern Germany was established in 1946 and its task is to safeguard and promote the foreign trade interests of its member breweries throughout Germany (outside Bavaria). Central concerns are guidance and advice for members in all issues relating to export, and representation of their interests vis-à-vis government bodies at national and European level, and also vis-à-vis third countries.
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
We are lobbyist, spokesman, service provider, consultant and information broker for the manufacturers of agricultural engineering. Approximately 150 companies of the industry are organised in the Agricultural Machinery Association. Specialised departments are the networks for common sounding and pursuing of the particular interests. They are often the source of projects and initiatives of the association.
Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry
The Bavarian State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry cares at state, national and EU level for appropriate conditions to save Bavaria as a location for agriculture, food industry and forestry for the future.
alp Bayern, the agency for Bavarian food products, conducts marketing activities both in Germany and abroad to promote sales of Bavarian food products. By working closely alongside governing bodies and institutions, as well as companies representing the Bavarian food industry, alp Bayern is responsible for implementing the following measures for the Bavarian food industry:
- Organising joint stands for Bavarian companies that represent the agricultural and food industries at specialist and consumer trade fairs both in Germany and abroad
- Organising educational and promotional measures in Germany and abroad (e.g. promotional ‘Bavaria weeks’ in food retail)
- Contact to trade partners from abroad
BGA - Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.
The BGA, the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade, and Services, is the leading organization for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in the Federal Republic of Germany. Currently the BGA consists of 23 regional employers´ associations, primarily responsible for wage policy. In addition, there are 45 branch associations covering the entire spectrum of wholesale and foreign trade including the food and agro sectors.
In collaboration with its members the BGA exercises influence on legislation by working with the German Bundestag, government and relevant ministries. Another main task of the BGA is to inform members in a timely manner about new developments as well as about legal and regulatory changes. The BGA is a service-oriented organization. It informs its members on all kinds of developments, especially in the field of foreign trade. It organizes regular events in order to promote the imports and exports with countries in Europe and abroad, as well as seminars, business delegations and training measures.
The BGA stands for the principle of the Promotion of free, unhindered trade- both on the field of imports and exports.
Federation of German Food and Drink Industries
The Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE) is the political top-level association of the German food and drink industry. Its membership comprises the branch associations and major companies. BVE's principle task is the representation of its members' common interests in the national and international context.
Deutscher Bauernverband e.V.
The German Farmers’ Association (DBV) is the agricultural umbrella organisation in Germany. Over 90 % of all German farmers (about 270.000) are members of DBV on a voluntary basis. DBV represents the agricultural, economical, legal, fiscal, environmental, social, educational, and socio-political interests of the agricultural and forestry sector vis-à-vis society at large and the world of politics. Via its offices in Berlin and Brussels, it acts as the contact point for all political issues debated at national and European level. One of the main aspects of its vocational work today is increasingly the effective marketing of agricultural products and the task of assuring quality of foods. Via its membership in COPA (the working group of the farmer’s associations at EU-level), the German Farmers’ Association represents farmers’ interests in dealings with the EU authorities and institutions.
Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und ländliche Räume des Landes Schleswig-Holstein
The Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (MLUR) is responsible, among other things, for furthering the interests of Schleswig-Holstein’s agricultural and food industry. The ministry’s duties in the food sector include inspection and safety, veterinary measures and quality management, but it also endeavours to promote sales. In the field of exports the Ministry of Agriculture regards itself as:
- A contact for small and medium-sized enterprises in the agricultural and food industry;
- An interface for communication between the government and the associations and companies in the food industry;
- A coordinator and organizer of joint stands for firms from Schleswig-Holstein at trade fairs and exhibitions;
- And not least as an image-promoter for Schleswig-Holstein in the agricultural and food sector.
Ost-Ausschuss - Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.
Ost-Ausschuss - Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. (Eastern Committee - Eastern European Association of German Business) (OAOEV) was founded in May 2018. The new joint regional initiative bundles the competencies of the two traditional associations Ost-Ausschuss (founded 1952) and Osteuropaverein (founded 1990) and promotes the German economy in the 29 countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. German trade with Eastern Europe accounts for around one fifth of Germany's total foreign trade and is more important than trade with the USA and China. The OAOEV has around 350 member companies and associations and is supported by seven leading associations of the German economy.
QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH
As a quality assurance system
QS. Quality scheme for food. defines and inspects strict production and marketing criteria along the entire supply chain of fresh food. Standard owner and administrator of the QS scheme is the QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH. Together with its scheme participants QS organizes a reliable quality assurance - from farm to shop. Whether farmers, producers of fresh fruit, vegetables and potatoes, feed producers, butchers or grocers - more than 130,000 QS scheme participants pursue a common goal in their daily work: Consistent self-assessments and comprehensive process reliability and traceability of meat, meat products, fruits, vegetables and potatoes.
More than 15,000 of the 130,000 QS scheme participants are from abroad. Due to mutual recognitions with standard owners of other countries many other foreign companies can deliver into the QS scheme without double auditing or costs. Conversely, QS-certified companies can deliver their goods into other systems and countries. QS ensures that comparable conditions are complied with and further developed within the meaning of German consumers and producers if necessary. This way the high level of quality assurance in Germany can also be implemented within the cross-border trade.
For QS-certified companies the quality assurance of the whole supply chain is an important marketing tool - not only with regard to the German retail, but also when exporting.
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