Germany Protein Programme
March 15, 2023
Launch ‘The Germany Protein Program 2023’
On March 8, TPC, Oost NL and GO4EXPORT launched The Germany Program 2023, to successfully enter and grow your company in the German plant-based protein market. The program started with the workshop: Opportunities in Germany.
With 82 million inhabitants, Germany has five times as many consumers as the Netherlands. Moreover, consumption of plant-based alternatives is growing at a record pace; by more than €800 million per year. Germany is by far the largest market in Europe for plant-based meat-, fish- and dairy alternatives and an important catalyst for product development and sales in the protein transition. Entering the German market can be difficult due to differences in regulations, consumers, and ways of doing business.
Insights workshop Opportunities in Germany
More than 30 TPC partners joined the workshop. Six keynote speakers shared their knowledge of the German plant-based protein market; Dennis Kraaijeveld, Fred van der Velde, Martijn Bosmans, Dr. Professor Guido Ritter, Jochem Wolthuis and Jeroen Willemsen.
Key take aways:
- Germany has a ‘Eiweißpflanzenstrategie’ in place since 2012. The focus is on improving primary production through research. A nutrition strategy is also being developed where more emphasis is placed on plant-based diets.
- Germany faces challenges: Edible insects’ products have a low consumer acceptance. It is difficult to retain consumers when they no longer buy plant-based substitutes out of curiosity – which is now the main driver. Regional origin remains a key buying argument while Germany is far from self-sufficient.
- In Germany, the retail looks different. There are four big retailers on the market and a lot of private label: that make organic and vegan products more affordable.
- The Protein Transition is urgent. There wil be ‘only 27 harvests till 2050’, says Dr. Professor Guido Ritter. Maybe we should not only focus on plant-based proteins, but also alternative proteins. Interesting question arises from the public: “Why are Germans so scared for the Umami taste? All products can be full of salt or sugar, but MSG [used to enhance the savoury ‘umami’ flavour of food] or other flavour enhances are very scary to them.” Ritter agrees, but sees possibilities for fermentation, that can create the umami taste as well.
- “Germany is not that far and not that different, it is not China, they are our neighbours”, says Martijn Bosmans. Should we combine the Dutch Inventiveness and Creativity and the ‘Deutsche Gründlichkeit’? Would that be the holy grail?”
‘’Is it difficult to export to Germany?”
‘’Yes, you need endurance and the right contacts.”
This workshop was only the start
More will follow in the Germany programme this year:
- Wrap-up Workshop: Ask Questions / Online
- March 28th (16.00-17.00)
- FoodHubub NRW – Startup Fair in Düsseldorf
- September 13th
- Anuga in Cologne, the world’s largest food fair (pavilion or visit)
- October 7-10th
- Food Ingredients in Frankfurt (pavilion or visit)
- November 28-30th
- 3 day ‘trade mission to Germany’ with RVO and Embassy, around FI in Frankfurt.
- Join a 1-day tour to visit German retail + plant-based protein companies
- To be expected in the next quarter (Q2) of 2023