German Food Blog

Look to this blog for nutrition and lifestyle trends, agricultural issues, and timely updates on FDA actions, trade regulations, and other matters affecting the market for German foods and beverages in North America.


July 30, 2017 Posted in Monthly

Techno Music in the Hunsrück

Photo of the Hunsrück Taken by Devin

In late August, thousands of techno music fans will descend on two former US military bases in Germany to enjoy a weekend of repetitive beats, strobe lights, and filled Rhineland-Palatinate dumplings. The “New Horizons” Festival at the Hahn Air Base and the Pydna Missile Base, located in the heart of the Hunsrück, about 80 miles west of Frankfurt, attracts close … Continue reading “Techno Music in the Hunsrück”

May 22, 2017 Posted in Labeling and Trade Regulations

All About the Foreign Supplier Verification Program

What is the Foreign Supplier Verification Program? As the name suggests, US importers now have the legal and financial responsibility to approve and verify foreign suppliers, ensuring that the products they import and distribute in the US fully comply with the food safety standards and methods mandated by the Food Safety Modernization act of 2011. This requires three major new … Continue reading “All About the Foreign Supplier Verification Program”

May 9, 2017 Posted in Food Technology and Innovation, German Food Blog


Taking place this week in Berlin is re:publica 17, one of the world’s largest conferences about digital culture. This year is particularly important for re:publica, as it is the 10th anniversary of the convention’s founding. Re:publica attempts to unite global experts on technological and digital affairs with those who wish to learn and expand their field of knowledge. This year’s … Continue reading “Farm2-D2”

May 8, 2017 Posted in Monthly

The Merry Month of May

Mix of Green and White Asparagus with Ham

It’s Spargelzeit! In Germany, white asparagus is Spring’s culinary status symbol, everyone goes nuts for asparagus recipes — and we’ve got five new unusual asparagus recipes to try, along with a host of tried and true traditionals. Or, plan a trip along Germany’s Asparagus Road, while you read about how white asparagus differs from green, and why the ancient Greeks … Continue reading “The Merry Month of May”

January 13, 2017 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Food Regulation 2017

A summary of regulatory changes and updates in 2017, as published by the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration), USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and TTB (Tobacco and Alcohol Tax and Tariff Bureau) in 2017. We provide a brief synopsis and comment under each link. The most important regulatory changes in 2016 Food label changes, menu labeling initiative, FSMA, Prop … Continue reading “Food Regulation 2017”