In 2018, businesses in the food products industry achieved approximately 18% of the total turnover in the goods-producing sector
In 2018, the 174 businesses operating in the production of food, animal feed and beverages generated a total turnover of EUR 7.45 billion. This was equivalent to roughly 18% of the total turnover in the goods-producing sector. As the Statistical Office of the federal state also reported on the occasion of the start of the Green Week, food and animal feed to the value of EUR 6.39 bn. and beverages to the value of EUR 748 million were produced by farms in Saxony-Anhalt.
For the year as a whole, producers of food and animal feed achieved a turnover of EUR 324,000 per person employed, ranging from EUR 116,000 for bakery and pasta products through to EUR 595,000 for the milk processing industry. Producers of beverages achieved a turnover of EUR 411,000 per person employed.
Some 1/3 of all persons employed in the food industry, including beverage production, worked in a business which mainly produced bakery and pasta products. In total, businesses in Saxony-Anhalt produced bakery and pasta products with a value of EUR 830 million, including 462 thousand tonnes of fresh bread and rolls and 32 thousand tonnes of long-life bakery products.
In 2018, almost 1/3 of the turnover of the businesses in the food products industry (EUR 2.41 bn.) was generated by companies operating in the abattoir and meat processing sector. The sales value of the meat or meat products produced in the country was EUR 2.3 bn.
The businesses to be surveyed were businesses that generally have 20 or more employees from the areas of goods production as well as mining and stone quarrying.