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Niedersachsen has a successful food industry! Find out more about the opportunities Niedersachsen can offer you and your company. Get in touch with us!

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.



Rügenwalder Mühle: on trend with alternative proteins

A success story from Niedersachsen

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. 

Innovations in Niedersachsen

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. 


LI Food – agrifood state initiative

The LI Food agrifood state initiative supports the food industry by actively connecting businesses, policymakers, the research community and society.

3N e.V.

Central information centre for the use of renewables for materials and energy as well as for bioenergy in Niedersachsen.

Digitalisation of the food industry

Digitalisation plays an important role, not least in food security, e.g. in the seamless tracing of foodstuffs and the raw materials used. 

Start-up centres and accelerators in the food sector

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

BIQ – Business and Innovation Park Quakenbrück

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.

Networks in Niedersachsen

LI Food – agrifood state initiative

The LI Food agrifood state initiative supports the food industry by actively connecting businesses, policymakers, the research community and society.

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Marketing company of the agricultural and food industry of Niedersachsen

Business development organisation of Niedersachsen’s agrifood sector

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The EIP network for agriculture & innovation in Niedersachsen

This network promotes innovation projects that contribute to a competitive and sustainably commercial agrifood industry.

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Trade shows in Niedersachsen


The conference for farming and food start-ups and innovations

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Niedersachsen Night and Future Workshop

Niedersachsen Night at the International Green Week in Berlin 

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Food Future Day

Open day for students and graduates

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Information about funding and financing

Bigger investments

Contact Niedersachsen’s investment and business development bank directly to find out more about funding.

Financial funding

Funding for innovative projects as well as for digitalisation solutions

Your contact for help with choosing a location, funding options and networking

We’re there for you

Thorsten Schwanert

IT, food industry, mechanical and plant engineering, service industry

Niedersachsen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Housing and Digitalisation
Friedrichswall 1

30159 Hanover