Food and Beverage

  • Leader in organic farming
  • Close proximity of suppliers and service providers
  • 100% green value chain

Industry in brief

With around 16,000 employees, the food and beverage industry is the most important industrial sector in the state generates. The sector in MV is characterized by innovation, productivity and quality, with excellently trained and motivated employees with high regional company loyalty. There are efficient networks across industry, universities and scientific institutions as well as a well-developed logistics infrastructure with direct links to international markets.

The very best ingredients for you

With generous support programs, intensive research and development, qualified specialists and a productive industry network, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern gets your food investments off the ground.

  • Funding

    Technology, innovation and collaborative research are generously funded in MV, and the acquisition and production costs of new assets are incentivized. The state also can provide up to 45% to establish your new business facility. As part of our full service, we will support your appications for incentives from MV and the EU - so do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Workforce and networks

    Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences has extensive expertise in applied research and development, especially in agricultural economics, food technology, agricultural marketing, crop production, the entire production chain, and regional development. In the Department of Agricultural Economics and Food Science students are trained to become modern food production specialists, while innovative research projects conducted with regional and international partners from the food industry. Companies in the food industry can therefore count on first-class graduates with practical experience.

    The Marketing Association of the Agricultural and Food Industry Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V. (AMV) is active on behalf of producers, processors and manufacturers of foods, beverages and luxury products in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    As the largest network in the state's food industry, the AMV organizes joint marketing activities and focuses on sustainable sales promotion and lobbying.

    The food industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is growing continuously and consolidating its leading position. To ensure that this remains the case, well-trained and motivated specialists are indispensable. Finding and retaining skilled workers is a key challenge facing companies and is therefore the focus of the Food Academy. The association bundles requirements, ensures an exchange of experience between companies and develops solution strategies and implements concrete steps to make the industry attractive as an employer. Today, 21 companies with over 3,500 employees are already involved in the association.

  • Research and development

    Proteins - everywhere you look. We are already working on the nutritional concepts of tomorrow - for example plant-derived proteins from legumes like blue lupins and peas, and proteins based on mealworms, demonstrating the innovative strength of the food industry in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The state boasts several research institutes with strong reputations in the food industry.

    Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences has been active in the field of food technology for more than 30 years. Its research projects aim to make the food production chain healthier and more sustainable. For many of these projects, its Center for Nutrition and Food Technology (ZELT) has been able to attract industrial partners, allowing institutional research to be transferred easily into the industry. Numerous regional companies have benefited from this process.

    A ‘Center for Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming‘ is being established in MV under the umbrella of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, with funding of 60 million euros. The center will research and develop innovative technologies for sustainable agriculture along the entire value chain - from seed to refined product, both on land and in water. The goal is a holistic change in agriculture toward innovative processing concepts.
    In Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, a major research theme is the application of artificial intelligence and visualization to agricultural practice, in order to promote sustainable, resource-conserving and emission-reducing agriculture.

    In cooperation with an agricultural trade group, the project "Physics for Food - a region rethinks!" was launched in 2018 by Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences and the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Research and Technology e. V. (INP). It comprises projects that develop physical innovations for various areas of agriculture and food processing, addressing physical processes for seed treatment, treatment of plants and crop yields, and optimization of plant raw materials for the food & feed sector. The aim of each of the three areas is to optimize product quality, reduce or replace chemical substances and strengthen against diseases, pests or environmental influences.

  • Investment location MV

    Production, processing and distribution are the businesses of today; innovation and ecology are the success factors for tomorrow.

    In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, investors are connected to the whole world:

    • Logistics hub with a central, Baltic Sea location: 
      • Rostock/Laage cargo airport, 24/7 operations, connecting to flights all over the world.
      • Excellent connections via domestic autobahn network
      • Worldwide import and export via the ports of Hamburg, Rostock, Wismar and Sassnitz/Mukran
      • Daily ferry connections to Scandinavia and the Baltic states
      • Efficient rail operations to Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic
    • Infrastructure and sustainability
    • Local provision of raw materials
    • Research, education and skilled workers

Already in MV

  • Anklam Extract

    Anklam Extrakt produces and distributes high-quality plant extracts for the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and beverage industries. These extracts are refined from large quantities of dried plants. The company, part of the Swiss Rehau Group, has ...

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  • Cargill Deutschland

    The U.S. company Cargill operates one of the world's most modern production facilities for pectin in Malchin in the northwest of the Mecklenburg Lake District. 120 employees produce thickening and stabilizing agents here. Exported to 48 countries, ...

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  • Continental Bakeries

    Grabower is a brand of traditional German ‘chocolate kisses’ candies, manufactured since 1835 in Grabow, Mecklenburg. In the 1950s, Grabower's fame increased due to their development of handmade marshmallow ‘foam kisses’. Currently, the Grabow ...

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  • Cosun Beet Company

    The Dutch CBC Anklam enjoys not only a long history, but also an impressive production development program. Currently, around 340 farms supply around 1.8 million tons of sugar beet. These are then processed into 150,000 metric tons of white sugar ...

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  • Dr. Oetker Tiefkühlprodukte

    At the end of 1992, Dr. Oetker opened one of the largest pizza factories in Europe at the Wittenburg site in western Mecklenburg. More than 750,000 frozen pizzas are produced here every day. Every year, approximately 260 million frozen pizzas are ...

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  • INOVA Protein

    INOVA Protein provides a sustainably produced protein source from insects for human and animal nutrition. The company pays particular attention to species-appropriate animal husbandry under state-of-the-art conditions to guarantee consistently high ...

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  • Nestlé Deutschland AG

    The Swiss Nestlé Group opened a plant in Schwerin in western Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2014. The company took advantage of a build-ready industrial park to build the largest and most modern production site for Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsules in Europe. ...

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  • SprayCom

    In 2012, the Hamburg-based company Willy Benecke GmbH chose Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as a new production site. Excellent connections to the Port of Hamburg, through which it imports raw materials, played an important role in the decision. Its ...

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  • SternMaid

    The SternMaid plant in Wittenburg near Hamburg, which has been expanded several times since 1998 and employs 300 people, is one of the most modern facilities of its kind. Three fully automatic mixing lines, four semi-automatic multifunctional mixing ...

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