Numerous medium-sized hidden champions
Dense networks of internationally successful companies
Over 400,000 people work in agriculture in Niedersachsen every day
Many universities, research institutions and start-ups
The transition to a climate-friendly circular economy is of great importance
The entire value chain is at home in Niedersachsen
Around 50% of potato production in Germany originates from fields in Niedersachsen. What’s even more interesting is that the upstream and downstream value chains are also based in the region. For example, farm machinery firm Grimme and potato processor and chips producer Argrarfroft are both international leaders in their industries.
Tofu sausage, veggie burgers or cheese alternatives: vegan foods are in vogue. The production of vegan products in Germany has risen by 62% compared to 2019. In 2021 production was worth approx. €460 million. Rügenwalder Mühle is an example of a business which has successfully expanded its operations: in 2021 the traditional sausage producer saw more sales from vegan and vegetarian products than from meat products.
The market for alternatives to traditional dairy products is also experiencing explosive growth. More and more consumers are regularly opting for plant-based milk.
Thus, imports to Germany well over doubled between 2017 and 2020. The market value in 2020 was around €396 million.
In Niedersachsen there are various institutes and research institutions researching the latest innovations. The agrifood state initiative LI Food supports active technology transfer to promote innovation processes in companies through its networks.
Digitalisation plays an important role, not least in food security, e.g. in the seamless tracing of foodstuffs and the raw materials used.
- Central contact for digital support in the development of DigitalHub Farm&Food innovations: Digital platform for the agrifood sector
- Digital Agency of Niedersachsen: Central contact for the development of innovations
- The Hannover Laser Centre (LZH) pursues smart agricultural technology: Refinement of foodstuffs using laser-based processes
Seedhouse Accelerator for innovations in agriculture, food and digitalisation
ROOTCAMP Accelerator in the agrifood tech sector
Growhouse - High-tech incubator for farm, food and AI
Start-up Niedersachsen – Food & Agriculture network Advice, support and matchmaking for start-ups
FoodHyper Central starting point for food start-ups
DIL Innovation Hub The DIL Innovation Hub is partner to EIT Food, the leading pan-European consortium focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector.