More than 90 companies receive the “NRW State Award for Food” – Minister Schulze Föcking: The food industry in NRW stands for quality, innovation and growth.
Ninety-three companies from various sectors of the North Rhine-Westphalian food industry have been awarded the "NRW State Award for Food" in 2017 by Minister of Agriculture Christina Schulze Föcking. "The regional award honours the companies that are involved in the field of food and nutrition in North Rhine-Westphalia, and make active contributions to the community," said Agriculture and Consumer Protection Minister Christina Schulze Föcking. The "Landesehrenpreis for food of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia" is awarded annually by the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Nature and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia. Minister Schulze Föcking congratulated the award winners and personally presented the certificates in the Maxhaus in Düsseldorf.
In addition to criteria that assess the quality and taste of food, the award also honours the provision of vocational training, payment according to current tariffs, commitment to sustainability or the use of an environmental management system. Another prerequisite for the award ceremony is that in the same year the companies received an award from the German Agricultural Society (DLG) in gold for at least one of their products. "Overall, the agriculture and food industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is well positioned," emphasised the minister. Along with Bavaria and Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the three most important locations in the industry in Germany. The corporate structure in North Rhine-Westphalia ranges from globally active companies to a broad-based medium-sized business to small and micro enterprises. They include manufacturers of meat and sausage products, bread and baked goods, beer, spirits, soft drinks, confectionery as well as dairy products.
"With the award of the State Prize, the image and importance of North Rhine-Westphalia as a location for sustainable food production is strengthened and pointed to the importance of the food industry in and for North Rhine-Westphalia," said Minister Schulze Föcking. With around 400,000 employees, the food industry is one of the most important economic sectors and largest employer in the country.