Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Roadshow on Food Processing

Accounting for $190bn annual revenue and employing 580,000 individuals, the German food and beverage industry is the leading European player for food processing excellence. Furthermore, the sector consists of 90% SME manufacturers and is attributed as the second largest in terms of value added to the overall German economy.

Trade in the food and beverage industry between Germany and the US shows strong relationships. Increasing consumer purchasing power in both the US and Germany aided exports of 9.9% and 5.8% of the total world market share of food and beverage products, respectively.

With the ever-increasing prominence of Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing technologies, the food and beverage sector is taking the steps to maximize its production and processing capabilities – and to meet this worldwide consumer demand.

Actively building on this evolving topic, GACC Midwest is organizing a US roadshow on the topic of Food Processing from April 15 - 19, 2019.

Roadshow events

April 15 - 19, 2019

Along with our partners; select experts and representatives in the field of Food Processing will join our German cluster delegation at the following events to:

  • Network with leaders of German Food Processing clusters,
  • Exchange best-practices surrounding digitalization in food processing, resource efficiency and
  • Discuss international collaboration opportunities and learn more about our Cluster delegation trip to Germany

Stop 1: Dayton, OH

Stop 2: St. Louis, MO

Stop 3: Minneapolis, MN

May 13 - 17, 2019

The roadshow will be followed by a cluster delegation trip to Germany15 select US-participants will have ample opportunity to visit and speak with German Food Processing key players from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants will have plenty of chance to immerse themselves in German culture and hospitality.

More details and travel agenda to follow.

For more details regarding Transatlantic Cluster events, please contact Jessica Ferklass, or click above.

The GACC Midwest Transatlantic Delegation trip on E-Mobility was a truly valuable experience for me. With Germany’s historical role in the automotive industry, there is a significant amount to learn from the German market about the future of mobility services and policies.

I was very pleased with the quality of the program, events and background insights gained from my fellow delegates. The conversations that I was able to have and the relationships that I was able to make with potential German partners and program participants are already proving themselves valuable.

The Transatlantic Cluster Initiative has provided us opportunities to accelerate our progress.

Brandon Mendoza, Head of Product, New Mobility, Arity

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Jessica Ferklass

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