Commodity Innovation Series - Snapshot of Opportunities in Germany's Berry Sector

August 2017

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  • Euro (€)

Germany is the largest importer of fresh berries in the European Union (EU)

  • Germany imported CAD$1.4 billion worth of fresh, frozen, and processed berries from the world in 2015. Imports from canada were CAD$52.6 thousand.
  • However, the 2014 Nielson Global Snacking Durvey indicated that 37% of respondents said that fresh fruits were their preferred snack, followed by chocolate (12%), yogurt (6%), bread/sandwiches (6%), cheese (4%), and vegetables (4%).

Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will provide canadian producers with new market opportunities in Germany and the European Union

  • Tariffs on Canadian berry products to the eu range from 12% for frozen blueberries to 24% +23 €/100 kilograms/net for jellies. When CETA enters into force, these tariffs will immediately be eliminated.
  • Canadian exporters can use the EU's binding tariff information system to obtain a written ruling certifying that their products correspond to categories given preferential treatment by CETA.


Import volume of fresh berries in 2016, EU share per country
Country Share
United Kingdom 25%
Germany 21%
France 11%
Netherlands 10%
Belgium 6%
Spain 6%
Italy 4%
Austria 3%
Sweden 2%
Other 12%
Source: Global Trade Tracker, 2017

Germany's value of fresh, frozen, and processed berry imports from the world grew by 11% in 2016

  • Germany's total value of fresh, frozen, and processed berry imports has increased 22% over the past five years.

Germany's volume of fresh, frozen, and processed berry imports from the world grew by 8% in 2015

  • Germany imported 2.7 thousand tonnes of fresh, frozen, and processed berries from canada in 2016.
  • Germany's total volume of fresh, frozen, and processed berry imports has increased 6.56% over the past five years. The volume of imports from canada grew by 2.75% from 2015 to 2016.
Increase in German consumer spending on fruit snacks, 2006-2014, % per year
Fruit snack % per year
Grapes, blue, seedless 17
Blueberries 15.1
Raspberries 13.7
Grapes, rose 13.4
Blackberries 10.4
Ready-to-eat fruit 8
Strawberries 3.8
Total fresh fruit 0.7
Source: Canadian Trade Commissioner Service


  • Buying local campaigns continue to be an important issue affecting imports from foreign suppliers.


  • Consumers enjoy variety and berry mixes, they are thus becoming more popular.
  • Cconsuming berries as a healthy convenience snack is gaining popularity.
  • Growing interest in organic products.


Germany's top companies to launch cranberry products from 2012-2016
Company Number of products launched
Aldi group 23
Aldi süd 15
Lidl 15
Edeka zentrale 12
Rewe group 11
Source: Mintel, 2017
Germany's top companies to launch blueberry products from 2012-2016
Company Number of products launched
Aldi group 43
Aldi süd 22
Edeka zentrale 17
Aldi nord 16
Lidl 14
Source: Mintel, 2017

Increase in vegetarian and low sugar eating habits

Growing claims:

  1. Vegetarian
  2. No additives/preservatives
  3. Low/no/reduced fat

Declining claims:

  1. High/added fibre
  2. Cardiovascular health
  3. All natural
  4. Premium
  5. Low/no/reduced calorie

Growing focus on convenient and eco-friendly packaging

Top packaging types:

  1. Tub
  2. Jar
  3. Flexible

Top packaging materials:

  1. Plastic unspecified
  2. Glass plain
  3. Polypropylene plastic

Top innovative markets for berry products in europe

Rating scale: Description of this image follows.
Product innovation rating scale
Innovation Criteria Germany United Kingdom Spain France Finland Netherlands Norway Italy Russia Austria
Relaunch 4 5 4 7 1 4 5 5 4 5
New product 17 16 17 14 20 18 17 16 17 16
Product line diversity 14 14 11 11 9 9 8 8 7 9
Health and wellness claims 19 17 17 16 18 15 15 15 16 13
Rating scale: Excellent (20-17), Very good (16-13), Good (12-9), Fair (8-5), Low (4-0)

Germany has the largest number of new berry product launches in the world.

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