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“foodactive“ network strenghtens the region‘s food industry

From Schöller‘s ice cream plant to Stollwerck‘s chocolate factory in Norderstedt and Dr. Oetker‘s frozen pizza site at Wittenburg: the Hamburg Metropolitan Region boasts a booming food industry, with global players such iglo, Unilever, Bacardi or Kühne calling Hamburg their home. Business, science, and politics are co-operating in the industry‘s network foodactive e.V.

What started in 2008 as a nutrition initiative of Süderelbe AG in co-operation with the districts of Uelzen and Lüchow-Dannenberg meanwhile developed into a registered association that covers the food industry‘s interests of the entire Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Key objectives of the platform are to realise synergies and competitive advantages. SMEs, in particular, thrive on co-operations and the mutual exchange of experience. The projects and initiatives of foodactive bring along valuable contacts and facilitate the access to markets and the search for qualified personnel. Foodactive thus co-operates with the Lübeck-based industry initiative FoodRegio, the food industry network of Schleswig- Holstein and Lower Saxony‘s food industry competence centre NieKE. With 420 companies, 42,000 staff and an annual turnover of EUR 14 billion, the food sector is the second most important industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. By expanding cross-state co-operation, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region sharpens its profile as a leading location and underlines the importance of its powerful industry.