Food industry

Hamburg Metropolitan Region – Food industry

The sector – Daily bread

Whilst flows of goods from all over the world are crossing paths in Hamburg, the food industry reveals its importance primarily in the country areas of the Metropolitan Region. All phases of production in processing of foodstuffs boost the region’s value-added and safeguard jobs in industry and commerce.

In 2008, a good 220 food industry companies employed around 21,800 co-workers. Companies employing fewer than 20 people are not included. Looking at the entire added value chain, from raw materials producers in the agrarian economy, through firms involved in food preparation and onward processing, as well as the high concentration of wholesale and foreign trade around the Port of Hamburg, and on to food retailing, estimates of employment range from about 50,000 to 60,000 in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region agrarian and food industry.