Around 25.5 million tons of food and agricultural products were handled in Hamburg in 2016 alone, according to a publication released Tuesday (October 24, 2017) by the Port of Hamburg. The food industry is among the most important in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and includes global leaders such as Unilever, Kellogg‘s, Mars and Nestlé. Trade in grains, coffee, tea and spices have a centuries-old tradition in Hamburg and laid the foundations for merchant traders and wealth in the city.
Thousands of jobs in sector
Around 50,000 to 60,000 people are employed in Hamburg’s agricultural sector and the food and drink industry. The publication focusing on food outlines the diversity of the sector and on the Port of Hamburg as a key “food hub”.
Food “Made in Germany”
Food “Made in Germany” plays an important role in German foreign trade despite the popularity of world food. The brochure gives insight into the German food and drink industry and offers an overview of the sector in Hamburg as well as background information about the local coffee trade. The role of Hamburg’s traditionally strong logistics sectors in the food and drink industry is also highlighted in a chapter entitled “Below-Zero Logistics”.
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