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 380.000) 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.
Ost-Ausschuss der Deutschen Wirtschaft
As leading German business association, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations supports the development of economic cooperation with Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus and South-eastern Europe by promoting trade and investment of German companies in the challenging markets of the region. Since 2001 leading business associations and companies of the German agriculture and food industry are engaged as Agribusiness Alliance in the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, with the objective to support the development of the agriculture and food industry in the region by means of providing modern technologies and direct investment. Due to their members’ interest for joint actions beyond Eastern Europe, the Agribusiness Alliance started in 2012 a coordination office with focus on China and India together with the OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association. In cooperation with the Federation of German Industries, the Agribusiness Alliance initiated a working group on development partnerships in agriculture and food industry, in order to support the development of public-private partnership approaches in these sectors
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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