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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 and chocolate 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.

food and beverage industry in Bremen
The food and beverage industry is the second largest in Bremen. World brands such as Beck's and Mondelez have their headquarters in Bremen. © AB InBev, Messe Bremen / Jan Rathke

The following food and beverage companies have operations in Bremen:

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  • Azul Kaffee GmbH & Co. KG
  • Brauerei Beck GmbH & Co. KG / Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG
  • BREMER ROLANDMÜHLE Erling GmbH & Co. KG
  • Coffein Compagnie Dr. Erich Scheele GmbH & Co. KG
  • Deutsche See GmbH
  • Feodora Chocolate GmbH & Co. KG
  • Flamingo Fisch GmbH & Co. KG
  • FRoSTA AG
  • Frozen Fish International GmbH
  • Greenyard Fresh Germany GmbH
  • Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade GmbH & Co. KG
  • JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS DE GmbH
  • MeisterMarken – Ulmer Spatz, CSM Deutschland GmbH
  • Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG
  • Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG
  • Nordsee GmbH
  • Reishunger GmbH
  • saturn petcare gmbh
  • Vitakraft pet care GmbH

(updated 02/2018)

Facts & figures

  • The food and beverage sector is the second-largest industry in the federal state of Bremen.
  • Including wholesale it has almost 10.000 employees.
  • The Annual Statistical Report 2018 indicates a turnover of around 2.5 billion euros in the food and tobacco processing sector for 2017.

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?

Bremerhaven and frozen food

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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 4,000 people are employed in the 'fish economy'.

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