German food industry record sales rise

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14 January 2004, BERLIN - Germany's food industry defied the overall trend of stagnating private consumption in 2003, posting 2.3 percent turnover growth, the industry's top executive reported Wednesday. Peter Traumann, head of the German Food Industry Federation, said in Berlin that turnover for food products came to EUR 128.1 billion in 2003. The figure included EUR 101.7 billion in food sales inside Germany, a gain of 1.1 percent over 2002 levels. Exports gained by 7.3 percent to EUR 26.4 billion, Traum

14 January 2004

BERLIN - Germany's food industry defied the overall trend of stagnating private consumption in 2003, posting 2.3 percent turnover growth, the industry's top executive reported Wednesday.

Peter Traumann, head of the German Food Industry Federation, said in Berlin that turnover for food products came to EUR 128.1 billion in 2003.

The figure included EUR 101.7 billion in food sales inside Germany, a gain of 1.1 percent over 2002 levels. Exports gained by 7.3 percent to EUR 26.4 billion, Traumann reported.

Despite the improvement, employment in the sector decline by 1 percent during the year to 525,000, he said.

His comments came at a press conference previewing the 69th International Green Week (IGW) food industry fair in Berlin running 16 to 25 January.

The IGW, attracting thousands of exhibitors from the world food industry, also will this year feature more than 250 symposia, seminars and forums relating to the food and agriculture industries.

The Berlin fair company Berliner Messe said that participants include a range of commercial and governing bodies from the industries, including the East-West Farming Forum, the International Agricultural Policy Forum, as well as congress forums on agriculture, livestock breeding, and industrial/energy crops.

The IGW also features commercial and non-commercial agricultural, forestry, and landscaping exhibits.

Berliner Messe said that among the topics of interest in specialised exhibits include renewable resources, scientific livestock breeding and production. These trade show elements are of particular interest to those involved in the developing markets of central and eastern Europe.

 

 

DPA
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