Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI)

The BDSI represents the economic interests of predominantly medium-sized companies in the German confectionery industry.

Membership is possible either as a pay-scale company or as a non-pay-scale company. Sector-related companies/institutions may have a sponsor membership. The BDSI's member companies represent around 90% of sector sales.
The BDSI covers the following product groups:

  • Chocolate Products
  • Fine Bakery Wares
  • Sugar Confectionery Products
  • Brand Ice Cream
  • Savoury Snacks
  • Chewing Gum
  • Raw Pastes

The BDSI is

  • a trade association and employers' association with over 200 member companies
  • the representative of the confectionery industry's interests vis-à-vis politicians and public authorities at national, European, and at international level
  • the spokesperson of the German confectionery industry as regards the general public and the media
  • a service provider, information broker, and problem solver for its members
  • founder and co-organiser of the International Sweet and Biscuits Fair (ISM), SweetsChina, Sweets Middle East and ProSweets Cologne.

The German Confectionery Industry in Figures

The German confectionery industry plays a leading role in the food sector, contributing around 10% to the total sales of the food industry. It is particularly characterised by its strong focus on exports.

Key data

Sales ~ EUR 11.7 billion
Production ~ 3.8 million tonnes
Employees ~ 50,000
Export share (incl. EU) ~ 51% (volume)

Raw material processing

Sugar ~750,000 tonnes
Wheat flour ~450,000 tonnes
Cocoa ~400,000 tonnes
Potatoes ~390,000 tonnes
Dairy Products ~175,000 tonnes
Glucose ~220,000 tonnes

As a processor of agricultural products, the German confectionery industry is a major contributor to the agricultural economy.