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Food and beverage

Global markets at home in Bremen

When it comes to food and drink, Bremen is a capital of brands. If you look closely while doing your weekly shop in any German supermarket, you'll often see Bremen listed on the packaging as the place of manufacture. The products made in the city range from coffee, chocolate and cereal to beer and, of course, fish.

A number of famous international brands originate from Bremen. Few other cities in Europe are home to such a large number of household names. The food and beverage sector accounts for more than 8 per cent of economic output in Bremen, around twice as much as the average for Germany as a whole. And with revenues of around €4 billion, it is the second biggest branch of industry in Bremen after automotive manufacturing.

Nahrungs- und Genussmittel Bremen
Die Nahrungs- und Genussmittelbranche ist die zweitstärkste in Bremen. Weltmarken wie Beck´s und Mondelez haben einen Sitz in Bremen. © AB InBev, Messe Bremen / Jan Rathke

The following food and beverage companies have operations in Bremen:

  • Azul Kaffee GmbH & Co. KG
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev Deutschland GmbH Co.KG
  • BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG
  • Coffein Compagnie Dr. Erich Scheele GmbH & Co. KG
  • Deutsche See GmbH
  • Feodora Chocolate GmbH & Co. KG
  • Flamingo Fisch GmbH & Co. KG
  • Frozen Fish International GmbH
  • Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade GmbH & Co. KG
  • Kellogg GmbH
  • MeisterMarken – Ulmer Spatz, CSM Deutschland GmbH
  • Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG
  • Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG
  • Nordsee GmbH
  • UNIVEG Deutschland GmbH

Facts & figures

  • The food and beverage sector is the second-biggest industry in the federal state of Bremen.
  • It employs around 9,000 people.
  • Revenue generated by the sector comes to around €4 billion a year.
  • It accounts for 8.6 per cent of economic output, twice as high as the average for Germany (4 per cent).

Did you know …

  • … that Bremerhaven is known as Europe's frozen food capital?
  • … that Bremerhaven is Germany's biggest centre for the fish trade and a hub for Germany's deep-sea fishing industry?
  • … that Café HAG was one of the first brands to develop its own corporate identity?
  • … that one million packs of cornflakes are produced every day at Kellogg's in Bremen?

(as in 2013)

Bremerhaven and frozen food


Bremerhaven is famous for its location on the North Sea and for its fresh fish. FRoSTA AG set up operations in the port city more than a century ago. The company is now a market leader in frozen food. Frozen Fish International, Nordsee and Deutsche See are three other big names from Bremerhaven in the world of frozen and processed food. It's no surprise then that Bremerhaven is known as Europe's frozen food capital.

An entire industry has been built up around the frozen food business. All kinds of companies – from packaging specialists and logistics firms to food laboratories and research institutes – have set up operations in the region. Bremerhaven is Germany's biggest centre for the fish trade and a major player in the deep-sea fishing industry. In Germany's smallest federal state, a total of 5,000 people are employed in the 'fish economy'.