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Land and sea – agriculture and food processing

Vorpommern has been favoured with vast areas of fertile land for centuries. Oil seeds and grains, corn, potatoes, sugar beets and feed crops are cultivated here. Today, around 1,400 businesses with over 5,500 employees operate in an area of nearly 400,000 hectares. Vorpommern offers ideal climatic conditions such as pure air, low emissions rates and clean water, ensuring excellent crop yields and highly efficient livestock operations.

Since 1990, the food processing industry has undergone tremendous modernisation and development. Farms in the region deliver raw materials of the highest quality. Short transport distances between the growers and the processing companies allow for efficient production and fresh goods. Food processing generates around 30 per cent of total manufacturing revenue in the state. 

Industrial fish processing also plays an important role in the state. Sassnitz auf Rügen has grown to become a centre of expertise in fish in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Companies such as Euro-Baltic-Fischverarbeitung and Neue RügenFisch make the port city the third biggest location for fish processing in Germany, after Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven.

Agriculture and food processing require networks. For this reason, Agrarmarketing Mecklenburg-Vorpommern brings growers and processing operations together. The association currently includes 73 member companies and over 7,000 skilled workers representing an annual revenue of over EUR 1.8 billion.

The association is also initiating change in the sectors. A good example is the introduction of organic products and goods from certified organic agriculture, for which consumer demand continues to increase. Farmers and manufacturers develop new processes and goods in response. Organic food products have long left the realm of specialty goods in Vorpommern and represent a large proportion of the agricultural produce grown here.

The demand for regenerative energy sources is also increasing. This could generate significant employment potential and financially attractive investment opportunities.