Agricultural Sector in Germany

A Hot Tip about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Germany

Last updated: 13 Mar 2011

Tree Nuts

The category of tree nuts includes almonds, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts. Germany does not produce significant quantities of these products, therefore, supply comes primarily from imports. A number of U.S. agricultural associations actively promote their products in Germany, including the Almond Board of California, California Pistachio Commission and the California Walnut Commission. The leading competitor for the United States in the German tree nut market is Turkey. In 2008, U.S. tree nut exports to Germany were valued at $305 million out of a total import value of $1.5 billion.



Fishery Products

Fish and fishery products enjoy growing popularity in Germany. The two most important fishery products the U.S. exports to Germany by volume are frozen fillets of Alaska Pollock and hake. In 2008, U.S. total exports of fishery products to Germany were valued at $266 million, out of a total import value of $4.5 billion. China and Peru are the main U.S. competitor for Alaska Pollock and Hake exports, respectively.



Germany is the world's largest importer of wine. In 2008, German wine imports were valued at more than $3.1 billion. Italy, France and Spain are the leading suppliers of wine to Germany with a combined import market share of nearly 75%. U.S. wines, together with other “new-world” wines, have developed an increasingly good reputation for quality in the German market. In 2008, the value of Germany's imports of U.S. wines totaled approximately $69 million.


Pet Food

Germany is one of the leading countries for pet ownership in the world. Germans are willing to pay a premium to properly feed their pets and interest in specialty health pet food products is growing rapidly. The majority of pet foods are produced domestically and the EU requires pet foods to be derived from meat that is fit for human consumption. In 2006, the value of U.S. pet food exports to Germany totaled $3 million, out of a total import value of $859 million. Despite the bureaucratic obstacles, opportunities for exporting pet food products to Germany are available given the considerable size of the market.


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Posted: 26 October 2010, last updated 13 March 2011

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