Range of services

The BDSI's range of services

Up-to-date information is provided to member companies via circulars and via intranet (members-only access). Information and experience exchange through BDSI conventions and working groups. Seminars and training courses for member companies.

Food and Labelling Law, Quality Management. The BDSI is the contact for all confectionery-specific issues in the areas of food and labelling law, quality, health, and consumer protection. The BDSI represents the confectionery industry's interests in matters concerning national and EU legislation.

Nutrition Policy. The BDSI fights for fair legal framework for the manufacturing and marketing of confectionery and combats statutory restrictions and product discrimination.

Trade. The BDSI reviews delivery contracts with trading companies on the lookout for unreasonable contractual arrangements. It also works together with market research institutions.

Foreign Trade. The BDSI supports its members in matters concerning exports, customs and excise as well as export refunds, cross-border-processing legislation, issues concerning foreign export and labelling regulations.

Raw Materials and Agricultural Policy. The BDSI represents the confectionery industry's interests vis-à-vis the EU Commission and the German government in matters concerning agricultural market regimes and international treaties on raw materials. The main focus is on securing the industry's long-term raw material supplies, on competition with biofuels, the assumption of social responsibility, and fending off restrictions and trade barriers.

Environment and Packaging. The BDSI supports its members regarding sector-specific issues concerning return systems for sales and transport packaging. It also cooperates in matters concerning new legislation on waste, sewage and emissions regulations and in the field of plant approvals.

Social Policy / Labour Law. The BDSI pursues its independent industrial relations policy. The BDSI concludes collective pay agreements for its pay-scale member companies and their employees. On request, non-pay-scale members are also advised on matters concerning and labour law.

Public Relations. The BDSI maintains intensive contacts with journalists, opinion makers, and consumer organisations on behalf of its member companies. In addition, the BDSI coordinates PR concepts and their implementation both regarding overarching topics such as nutrition and health as well as individual product groups such as especially ice cream (www.markeneis.de) and chocolate (www.infozentrum-schoko.de).

Official Statistics. The BDSI draws up summaries and evaluations of sector-specific survey results from the Federal Statistical Office Germany (StBa). It cooperates with the creation of sector-related statistics at EU and international level.

Additional Institutions

The German Association for the Promotion of Chocolate, Confectionery, Biscuit, Snack and Ice-cream Exports, "German Sweets" (www.germansweets.de) especially supports small and medium-sized manufacturers in matters concerning export business, particularly through its participation in trade fairs, export consulting, and experience exchange.

The Solidarity Strike Fund provides the participating manufacturers with financial support in the event of a laobur dispute.

The BDSI Academy offers workshops and seminars on specialist topics and sales & marketing-oriented entrepreneurial forums.

The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair Advisory Board (AISM), The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair Advisory Board (AISM) is a joint institution of the industrial (BDSI) and trade associations and is the Cologne Fair's advisory body on matters concerning the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair Cologne (www.ism-cologne.de) The BDSI also supports the trade fair yummex Middle East (www.yummex-me.com) and the working group of the suppliers' trade fair in Cologne, ProSweets Cologne (www.prosweetscologne.de).

The Foundations of the German Cocoa and Chocolate Industry (Stiftung der Deutschen Kakao- und Schokoladenwirtschaft), in cooperation with the German Cocoa Trade Association, promotes national and international projects covering a wide range of issues concerning cocoa (www.kakao-stiftung.de).

The Food Chemistry Institute of the BDSI (LCI)
LCI Köln is the contract for BDSI member companies when it comes to scientific issues in the fields of food science, food safety, health, nutrition, toxicology, packaging, hazard prevention, and crisis management (www.lci-koeln.de).

The IQ.Köln (Institute of Quality Promotion in the Confectionery Industry) respresents the scientific interests and principles of its members in all quality assurance matters concerning confectionery and the raw materials and components used in its manufacture (www.iq-koeln.de). The IQ.Köln is also a partner of the European confectionery association CAOBISCO.

The Central College of the German Confectionery Industry (ZDS) is the competent college of vocational training across the whole of Germany for the qualified occupations "Süßwarentechnologe /-in" (confectionery technology specialist) and "Fachkraft für Lebensmitteltechnik" (food technology specialist) (www.zds-solingen.de )