Database of the Largest Food Producers in Germany – Download Immediately Available
With the list of the largest food producers in Germany, Research Germany offers a unique overview of the German food industry. The database contains the top-selling food companies and allows detailed market and competition analyses. Thanks to the included turnover and employee figures, it is possible to filter and sort the list according to your own requirements. If you are looking for new business partners, you can use the contact data contained in the database for immediate contact. Our industry lists are regularly updated and we will send you the updates free of charge within one year after the purchase of the list. You do not need to take out a subscription and have unlimited access to the Excel list, which is available for download immediately after purchase.
This Information is Included in the List of the Largest Food Companies in Germany
- Company name
- Indication of the industry and the field of activity (see below for a breakdown by industry)
- Sales figures for 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 as well as employee figures (taken from the annual and consolidated financial statements)
- General contact information (address, e-mail address, telephone number, website)
- Names of the companies’ executives
These Industries are Covered by Our List of the Largest Food Manufacturers in Germany
- Dairies (e.g. Molkerei Alois Müller GmbH & Co KG, DMK Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH)
- Beverage producers & breweries (e.g. Radeberger Gruppe KG, Gerolsteiner Brunnen GmbH & Co KG)
- Meat product manufacturers (e.g. Edeka Südwest Fleisch GmbH, Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co KG)
- Bakeries (e.g. Harry-Brot GmbH)
- Ready-to-eat meals (e.g. Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG)
- Confectionery manufacturers (e.g. Ferrero Deutschland GmbH)
- Coffee & tea (e.g. Alois Dallmayr KG)
- Food chemistry (e.g. C. Thywissen GmbH, Stern-Wywiol Gruppe GmbH & Co KG)
- Fish (e.g. iglo GmbH, heristo holding gmbh)
- Cereals & plant products (e.g. GETREIDE AG)
- Wine & spirits (e.g. Mast-Jägermeister SE)
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List of the 5 Largest Food Companies in Germany
The food industry stands between agriculture and food trade. With more than 6,000 companies, over 600,000 employees and an annual turnover of around 180 billion euros, it is an important German sector of the economy. Most food companies are medium-sized. But there are also a few big players. These are the five largest in Germany.
#1: Südzucker AG, Mannheim: EUR 6.75 billion sales (2018/19)
The name says it all. Südzucker is the largest sugar producer in Germany and worldwide. The company emerged from the merger of 5 southwest German sugar factories in 1926 to form Süddeutsche Zucker AG. Over time, Südzucker achieved its leading position through organic growth and the acquisition of additional sugar factories in Europe. Sugar production is still the core business. Südzucker has more than 19,000 employees.
#2: Deutsches Milchkontor GmbH (DMK), Zeven: 5.6 billion Euro sales (2018)
DMK is one of the largest German dairy companies and was created in 2011 from the merger of Nordmilch AG and Humana Milchindustrie GmbH. Despite the GmbH legal form, DMK is organised as a cooperative. Its owners are around 7,000 active milk producers and cooperatives from 12 German states. Dairy products, cheese, ice cream, but also baby food, dietetics, health products and special feed are part of DMK’s product range. The company has over 20 locations – mainly in Germany – and employs around 7,000 people.
#3: Dr. Oetker GmbH, Bielefeld: 3.4 billion euros turnover (2019, food division only)
Many people still associate the brand Dr. Oetker with baking and pudding powder, in fact Dr. Oetker today generates more sales with frozen pizza. The food activities of the Oetker Group are bundled in Dr. Oetker GmbH. This includes Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG for the Group’s branded goods companies. These include the subgroups Coppenrath & Wiese, Agrano and the Martin Braun Group. They represent a broad range of food products Around 16,000 employees work under the umbrella of Dr. Oetker GmbH.
#4: Nestlé Deutschland AG, Frankfurt/Main: 3.2 billion euros (2018)
Nestlé Germany is the German subsidiary of the Swiss Nestlé Group. With an annual turnover of more than 90 billion US dollars, it is the world’s largest food company. The German share of sales is around 3 percent. Nestlé Germany has almost 10,000 employees and stands for a wide range of well-known branded products in the areas of chocolate and confectionery, milk products, hot drinks, baby food, kitchen products and cereals. Examples of well-known Nestlé brands: Maggi, Thomy, Nesquik, Nescafé, Sanpellegrino, Vittel, After Eight, Kitkat – the list could go on.
#5: FrieslandCampina Germany GmbH, Heilbronn: approx. 1 billion euros (2019)
FrieslandCampina Germany is the German subsidiary of Koninklijke FrieslandCampina, a Dutch group with an international focus that focuses on dairy products. With 24,000 employees and a turnover of 11.6 billion euros (2018), Koninklijke FrieslandCampina is one of the largest dairy groups in the world. FrieslandCampina Germany is the successor to the former Südmilch AG. Well-known brands on the German market are Landliebe, Tuffi, Chocomel, Frico and Holland Master.