Record for Greek food exports to Germany

Dairy, vegetables and fruits at the top of the list

Greek food exports to Germany reached record levels of 845.62 million euros in 2020, which have been on the rise for the last decade. In particular, last year Greek exports were favored and managed to increase by 9.6% compared to 2019.

More specifically, in 2020 the largest increase in exports from Greece to Germany was recorded in fruits, oils, dairy, vegetables and fruit and vegetable preparations.
On the contrary, there was a decrease of 7.6% in alcoholics (69.942 million from 75.767 million in 2019), which is due to the non-operation of restaurants most of the year due to the pandemic.
The largest decrease was recorded in wine exports (19.567 million from 27.467 million in 2019), while an increase was recorded in other alcoholic beverages (38.514 million from 35.78 million in 2019).

It should be noted that since last year the German consumer behavior has changed, with them now turning to healthier options and especially fruit, while the demand for organic products began to increase, which is expected to continue in the future.

According to a report by the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs (ISD) of the Greek Embassy in Düsseldorf, in the last 20-30 years serious efforts have been made by Greek food and wine producers to upgrade the quality of Greek gastronomy products.
Greek producers have invested in the modernisation of their units, they have paid special attention to the quality of their product, but also to the packaging, with the result that Greek products can now compete with the products of countries that are strong brand names in the field.
In fact, the Greek embassy has submitted some proposals for the further increase of Greek food and beverage exports to Germany, among which it calls for great importance to be given to PDO / PGI products and organic products, to certify Greek restaurants in Germany, Greek producers to have flexibility in packaging and product quantities, companies that do not have large quantities to prefer delicatessens, in which, due to the shift of German consumers to better and healthier products, they will have greater opportunities for promotion, and not the super markets .