The agriculture and food sector in Bavaria, with sales of approximately €100 billion and over 700,000 jobs, is among the industries with the highest sales and one of the most labor-intensive. Traditions, combined with ultramodern manufacturing procedures and innovations as well as effective systems for quality assurance and traceability, guarantee a leading position for the Bavarian food industry in Europe.
With the objective of increasing the competitive ability and innovation capacity of Bavaria’s nutrition sector, the Food Cluster focuses on promoting innovations in the food industry. Activities and event formats encompass cross-sectoral as well as industry-specific topics. The cluster is involved in topics with relevance for the future, such as digitalization in production and retail, as well as with regional and traditional food products from Bavaria. The knowledge and expertise of universities, colleges, and research institutions is delivered in a practical manner for specific target groups, thereby enabling the transfer of knowledge to production and manufacturing.
Small to midsize enterprises are the primary target group. They in particular reach their limits or are subject to personnel bottlenecks when it comes to finding innovative, problem-solving approaches for their specific needs. The Food Cluster supports these companies with new project ideas and innovative measures, project management, professional execution, and marketing.
As the network's central platform, the cluster brings the players in the nutrition and food sector together: agriculture, the food craftwork, the producing food business, science and research, retail, service providers, and consumers. The Food Cluster also has a strong network on the international level that is committed to the concerns and requirements of companies in the agri-food industry. Presence at international trade fairs, trips abroad, or contact mediation to enterprises in other countries – the Food Cluster finds the right contact person. Likewise, the cluster forwards inquiries from abroad to competent partners in Bavaria.
President of the Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association DEHOGA Bayern e.V.