Food Industry

Best production conditions for food

An Industry is Growing

The food industry in Saxony-Anhalt provides employment for about 23,000 people (2019). It is among the most employment-intensive sectors and combines companies which produce foodstuffs or beverages.

As a result, the food industry generated a total of 7.5 million euros in 2018. It leads the manufacturing industry as the sector with the highest turnover.


  • Near 23,000 employees (2019) in 183 plants (2019) generate annual sales of around 7,5 billion euros (2018)
  • Around 1.2 million hectares used for agriculture, of which around 85% is arable land (the highest proportion in Germany)
  • Grain cultivation on more than half of the arable land, especially wheat and barley
  • Efficient agricultural businesses, high yields thanks to the most fertile soils in Germany: many areas have the maximum soil value of 100