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.


September 15, 2018 Posted in German Food Blog

Spargelkönigin: A Royal Affair

In Germany, asparagus is considered so important that along the Niedersächsiche Spargelstraße, or the Lower Saxon Asparagus Road, many towns elect a Spargelkönigin (asparagus queen) each harvest season! Despite American reactions to it, it is an honor and far from a joke! This position is not easy to acquire for a young woman either! A queen must be well versed … Continue reading “Spargelkönigin: A Royal Affair”

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”

November 8, 2016 Posted in For German-Speaking Exporters, German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German

Im Jahr 2011 verabschiedete der US Kongress und Präsident Obama den Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Dieses bahnbrechende Gesetz gibt der US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) grundlegend neue Befugnisse zur Überwachung und Regulierung von Lebensmitteln, die in den USA hergestellt oder vertrieben werden. Die Behörde brauchte immerhin fünf Jahre, um das Gesetz in umzusetzen. Hier sind die drei wichtigsten … Continue reading “All About the FSMA Food Safety Plan – in German”

August 6, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations

Here is a brief introduction to the German fruit preserve law, the classifications and legally prescribed fruit content. Classification The official term for fruit preserves in German is Konfitüre (fruit spread).  Yet, in  German vernacular, you can find many other words: Marmelade (engl: marmelade): Derived from the Portugese word “marmelo” (engl: quince).  Most Germans use the word as umbrella term … Continue reading “Brief Introduction to German Fruit Preserve Regulations”

May 9, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive … Continue reading “No Poisonous Packaging: California’s Prop 65”

May 9, 2016 Posted in German Food Blog, Labeling and Trade Regulations

The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121

As the Vermont law Consumer Protection Rule # 121 comes into effect July 1, 2016, all food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) must be labeled accordingly or face a hefty fine. Food items containing less than 0.9% of GMO ingredients do not have to be labeled. This is true both for all foods grown in Vermont and foods shipped into … Continue reading “The Right to Know GMO: Vermont Law C.P. 121”