Food and beverage traders and producers have a long tradition in Bremen. The federal state has made a name for itself as an important base for deep-sea fishing, a port of entry for exotic foods and as a place where well-known beers are brewed.
The food and beverage sector employs around 10,000 people in 250 companies within the federal state of Bremen. It accounts for roughly 30 per cent of all imports to Bremen and just under 10 per cent of its exports, with coffee being the main commodity in both directions. We have compiled a list of ten companies with German and international operations that operate either production sites or major sales offices in Bremen.
Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest brewer. The Belgian group has undergone a long succession of mergers and acquisitions, including the takeover of the Bremen-based Beck’s brewery in 2002. Beck’s is one of the most famous beer brands in the world. The company’s 1,400 employees in Bremen brew several million bottles of beer a day.
Bakery product company CSM has its home in Atlanta in the United States. It employs about 8,500 people around the world and produces baked goods and pastries for the convenience sector. Well-known German brands include Goldfrost and MeisterMarken. Former Bremen company MeisterMarken GmbH, which it took over in 2000, is the reason why CSM has a branch in Bremen.
Deutsches Milchkontor is Germany’s largest dairy company and produces a wide range of milk and milk-based products, as well as baby food. Well-known DMK brands include Milram, Humana and Alete. The company has two sites in Bremen, where it employs just under 600 people.
Greenland Seafood is one of the many fish processing companies based in Bremen. It has two factories, one in Wilhelmshaven and one in France, while Bremen is the location of its sales office covering Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and all eastern European countries.
If the acronym JDE doesn’t ring a bell, then the full name JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS might be more familiar. The company, which describes itself as the world’s leading coffee company, has a presence in 80 countries. Its brands include Jacobs, Café HAG, Piazza D’Oro and Meßmer. Another important line of business is the sale of commercial coffee makers.
The Swedish company Lantmännen, which includes Unibake, is an international food and agriculture cooperative owned by around 27,000 Swedish farmers. Its bakery products division, Unibake, is one of Europe’s largest bakery groups. The German head office is based in Bremen and is responsible for all business activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The second coffee company on the list has its largest roastery in Bremen, producing half a million packs of filter coffee a day. Bremen is also the location of the Minden-based company’s European central office. Apart from coffee, Melitta is mainly known for its paper filters – which is only fitting, as it was Melitta Bentz who invented the coffee filter in 1908.
Mondelez, formerly known as Kraft Foods, is based in the US and is one of the world’s largest food and beverage companies, with more than 83,000 employees. The company’s products include Milka chocolate, Philadelphia cream cheese, dips and sauces (Miracle Whip). Its German head office is located in Bremen.
A company from Greenland is not something you come across every day. Royal Greenland, which operates international fishing fleets and fish processing plants, is Greenland’s largest company. Bremen is home to its sales and administration office for the German market. It’s no coincidence that the name is similar to that of Greenland Seafood (no. 4). Royal Greenland sold off that company in 2013, since when it has been operating under its new name.
It is more than likely that our pets have already acquired a taste for Saturn Petcare. The Bremen company, part of Heristo AG based in Lower Saxony, is one of the world’s largest pet food producers and manufactures tasty treats for cats and dogs on behalf of well-known brands.
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