Germany is Europe’s largest market for the food and beverage industry. The changing food habits of German consumers are prompting several international food and beverage companies to set shop in this region. Food and beverage companies in Germany can also expect to see significant investments and growth over the next few years. The lucrative market prospects make the German food and beverage market a highly lucrative one, consequently, leading to cut-throat competition. In this article, an Infiniti Research thought leader, who has expertise in working with several global food and beverage companies overcome their business challenges, shares some critical insights on the German food and beverage market and describes strategies for players to succeed in the long run.
What makes the German food and beverage market challenging?
Given the fact that Germany is one of the largest economies in the world and its huge market size makes it extremely challenging for companies doing business in this region to become a significant player in the market. In the food and beverage industry, every category is characterized by immense competition and each brand attempts to be recognized by consumers by telling them a unique story. Often food and beverage companies struggle to achieve this with several players trying to do the same thing and sometimes companies even try to communicate too many things at the same time. This often ruins the effectiveness of a message in reaching the target audience and creating an impression in their minds about the brand. Also, due to the increased level of competition, both the consumers and buyers are very skeptical in this market. It takes considerable time and effort to convince them of their first purchase, and then it takes a great product in order to be purchased regularly. Despite all these factors, what makes the German and food and beverage market appealing is the fact that once a brand gets a foothold in the German market and people start to like it, both consumers as well as buyers become loyal partners.
Is there any common pitfall while entering the German food and beverage market?
There is often a lot of impatience when it comes to launching a new product in the German food and beverage market. This is especially true in the case of companies that are fairly young and inexperienced in venturing into international markets. It is important for such players to work collaboratively with market experts who can validate the idea of expansion plans. Another pitfall that becomes crucial in a German market entry is when brands overly follow the lean approach and try to venture into the market without the right preparation in terms of product quality, packaging, websites, or marketing strategy. Germans are not as proficient in English as many of their neighboring countries like the Netherlands or Scandinavia. So, being fluent in German is key if you would like to convince both consumers as well as buyers about your product.