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.
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(as in 2013)
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'.