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
  • Boiled Sweets and Sugar Confectionery
  • Brand Ice Cream
  • Snack Products
  • 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 organization is composed of: