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January 25, 2019

Green Week Update – 25 January 2019

The number of the day

10,000 employees

on average are working each day at the Green Week. They include staff on the stands, performers, service personnel, cleaners, security staff, caterers, media representatives and many others.

Topics of the day at the Green Week

Almost a business trip for the 300,000thvisitor

Charlotte Michaela Schäftlmeier is particularly pleased to be at the Green Week “because we have been wanting to come here for 20 years and now we have finally made it.” The long journey, from Freising, 600 kilometres away, was well worth it because she is the 300,000th visitor to the IGW 2019. It is almost a business trip for her husband Erwin, who is a farmer fattening cattle. “We came here just to visit the fair”, he said. Their children Mia and Lea were keen to see the horses, and maybe Max will climb onto one of the large tractors in Hall 3.2. The basket of gifts contained items donated by German farmers, bakers and food manufacturers, and was organized by information.medien.agrar (ima). It was presented by a pair of true champions: Nicole Mittmann and her cousin Patrick from Herrenberg, winners of the German baking championships, who made the farmhouse loaf themselves. The basket also contained butter and sausages, oil and honey.

Giffey: Green Week starts the year in Berlin

For Germany’s families minister Franziska Giffey the Green Week “is a regular feature at the start of the year in Berlin”. It is “the trade fair for innovations in the agricultural sector”, said the SPD politician during her tour on 24 January. This began in the Berlin hall, No. 21, where she was served, in succession, sugar cane juice (“tastes unusual”), caffeine cocoa (“I had not heard of that before”) and sauces of varying hotness ”handmade in Berlin”. She then visited the hall of the ministry of agriculture where her colleague Julia Klöckner provided her with information about robot milking machines and radio technology for transmitting details about the health of cattle to mobile phones. And finally she sampled bread, sausage, fish and chocolate. The aim was to determine by taste which of them contained larger or smaller amounts of salt, sugar or fat. Giffey was particularly impressed by the sausage in which salt had been replaced by black salsify. Her assessment was that “it has a more intense flavour”. The appeal of the Green Week is due to the fact that it is aimed equally at the general public and trade visitors, Giffey commented. “But for me the Floral Hall is always the highlight, because in the depths of winter it creates an anticipation of the coming spring.”

Food industry presents awards at the Green Week

For the fourth time the industry magazine “Lebensmittel Praxis“ and experts at the International Green Week presented awards for outstanding concepts with a regional character from trade, industry and agriculture, which use aspects of sustainability in order to assist the marketing of regional products. In the Innovation category the panel placed the company Kale&Me first for its ”Naturally Nordic” concept. The regional star’19 in Presentation category was awarded to Rewe Susann Daubitz for the concept “Corner Shop on a Large Scale”. The cup and certificate for the first place in the Organization category went to Tegut for the Tegut Gardens of the Seasons. First prize in the Cooperation category was awarded to Edeka Center Minden and the  “Deaconal Foundation for the Disabled“ in Wittekindshof for the concept “Love times two – saves ripe fruit”.

#Ministryoflife: A close look at vine research

The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) is presenting the entire range of research into grape vines using a stylized vineyard in Hall 23a. Their work includes breeding new varieties which not only produce better tasting wines but also provide improved disease resistance and measures to combat pests such as the vine moth, which most growers currently deal with using pheromones. Small dispensers containing the sexual attractant of the females are used to disorient the males and prevent them from finding potential mates. Also included in the display are the  “Phenobot”, an outdoor robot controlled by GPS that can automatically register the quantity and size of the grapes, and its smaller version, the “Phenoliner”, which uses sensors and will also be deployed to detect plant diseases. These are all intended to speed up the process of reducing the amount of pesticides used and to enable grape cultivation to cope with climate change. In the wine cellar visitors to the fair can also sample the latest varieties that have been bred by the institute, acquaint themselves with the full-fruited Calardis Blanc, and use the Aroma Table to apply their sense of smell to detect the flavour of blackberries and lavender, honey and geraniums. And there is no need to worry if they do not succeed straightaway: “Identifying aromas is something that can be learned”, the JKI technician Ulrike Braun assures us.
Hall 23a, Julius Kühn Institute, contact: Dr. Michael Maixner, tel.: +49 6345-41-213;

Partner country Finland: Craft Beer
Finland is a beer country, where craft beer is currently just as popular as it is in Germany. Numerous microbreweries are producing their own unique beers. And all this diversity can also be sampled in Hall 10.2 at the Green Week. Anyone who wants to try them  should go to the bar adjoining the restaurant at the fair, where there is a choice of eight different freshly drawn beers and an additional ten bottled beers. They include the award-winning “X-Porter” from Herrenhof Malmgård, chosen as the world’s best porter at the 2018 World Beer Awards. Stand 12.1 features not only beers from the Saimaa Brewing Company but also those of the Black Brook Brewery (Mustan Virran Panimo). “Kukko“ brand beers (Finnish for cockerel) are available on Stand 201, from the producer, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas. Kukko is renowned above all as a gluten-free beer.
Hall 10.2, contact: Nina Parzych, tel.: +49 174 307 0019, email:

Farm Experience: From grain to bread of the year for 2019

Together with guild members of the German bakery trade and scientists from the Green Laboratory Gatersleben, the organization  information.medien.agrar (i.m.a) e.V.has set up an information centre at the Farm Experience in Hall 3.2. At a number of different places visitors can see for themselves the various stages in the production of our most important basic foodstuff. Two grain counters feature the main cereals used in making bread, i.e. wheat, rye, oats and spelt, as well as the two ancient cereal types, einkorn and emmer, and samples are available to take away. Bread testers are on hand to explain some of the differences between the more than 3,000 varieties of bread available in Germany. And children can bake their own rolls and pretzels in the Bakery Bus. Furthermore bakers will be presenting the bread of the year 2019, farmhouse bread, at the i.m.a information centre and in the adjoining glass-walled bakery.
Hall 3.2, Stand 138, contact: Bernd Schwintowski,tel.:: +49 (0) 30 81056020,

HIPPOLOGICA gives insights into the world of the horse whisperer

Uwe Weinzierl, renowned as Germany’s foremost horse whisperer, is at Hippologica, the equestrian events section of the International Green Week, to provide insights into the equestrian philosophy of “Natural Horsemanship”. As part of the programme Nadine Holthaus and Moirin Ferlemann, together with their horses, will be demonstrating the degree of perfection that human and horse can achieve when working together, without the need for force. Natural Horsemanship teaches people to think like a horse, and motivates horses to collaborate cognitively. This requires mutual trust and a hierarchy is regulated in a natural way. This is helped by using the body language of horses, consisting of stroking and pushing. The defining trainer of natural horsemanship is Monty Roberts, who was played by Robert Redford in the international movie success “The Horse Whisperer”. All the events will be in the Show Ring in Hall 26: Friday, 25 January, 4.50 p.m., Saturday, 26 January, 3 p.m., and Sunday, 27 January, at 1.55 p.m.
Hall 26, Show Ring, contact: Uwe Weinzierl, telephone: +49,151 21258346,

Netherlands Dwarves, Viennese Blues and Lion Heads in the Pets Hall

“The Berlin-Mark Brandenburg Regional Association of Pedigree Rabbit Breeders is at the Green Week to present 36 animals representing 18 different breeds”, according to its chairman Martin Gross. In all there are 96 breeds in a variety of colours. The Mecklenburger Schecken, for example, is flecked with a pattern, Gross explains, while the Rhine Schecken is a spotted breed with a distinctive pattern on the sides. Visitors will also be able to see a breed on the stand that is on the endangered list, the American Sable Rabbit, which can weigh as much as 3.25 kilograms. To conform to the specified standard, the ears should ideally have a length of between nine and eleven centimetres. Brown and blue colourings are recognized, fading to a lighter to medium shade. Other breeds on display are the Thuringian, Netherlands Dwarf, Holland Lop, Viennese Blue, Lion Head and Rhön
Hall 26c, Stand 204, contact: Martin Gross, tel.: +49 33 32,233 62,

Floral Hall:ZVG calls for bio-diversity and sustainability in horticulture

With a focus on five topics in the Floral Hall, the National Horticultural Association (ZVG) is supporting some 50,000 horticultural enterprises and the many professions active in horticulture. According to Bertram Fleischer, Secretary General of the ZVG, there is a growing tendency in cemeteries to use plants that flower all year round on adjoining graves thus promoting bio-diversity on God’s Acre . In their own spaces people can also assist bio-diversity, Fleischer explains, by growing plants in front gardens and driveways, instead of simply covering the area in gravel for ease of maintenance. Thirdly the association supports the search for an alternative to peat, in order to protect moorland, and suggests using coconut and wood fibres instead. The ZVG is also committed to encouraging the cultivation and growing of bee-friendly plants to help bees survive the many threats that they face, And because, with 13,000 training places annually, horticulture is more labour-intensive than agriculture, the association is keen to encourage people to enter the industry. “One way is to set up more gardens in schools”, Fleischer states.

Hall 9, Stand 101, contact: Bertram Fleischer, tel.: +49 30 20 00 65 16,

Unusual and rare wines provide a foretaste of the WEINmesse Berlin

The Green Week is also the place to discover unusual, rare and, above all, fine-tasting wines. A delivery that went wrong for an Austrian vine nursery 30 years ago is responsible for the fact that the vineyard Landesweingut Kloster Pforta is now producing the Blauer Zweigelt variety. The vineyard had actually ordered the Portugieser variety, according to a member of the team, Susann Kloseck, who was elected Wine Princess of Bad Kösen in the Saale-Unstrut rewgion a few years ago. Jules Muller & Fils are offering fine pinot noirs from the renowed Nuits-Saint-Georges growing area, as well as syrah and chardonnay wines from southern Languedoc-Roussillon. The exhibitors at the Green Week are providing a foretaste of the WEINmesse Berlin, which is taking place on the Exhibition Grounds from 15 to 17 February. Over 300 producers and wine merchants will be presenting their finest selections there: the Muller team, for example, is exhibiting a rare wine from the appelation Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the southern Rhone valley. Wine merchant Muller owns a small plot in this region and produces a very small amount, 4,500 bottles, each year, according to a member of staff, Christian Konzack.

Hall 23, Stand 143, contact: Susann Kloseck, tel.: +49 03 44 63 30 00,
email:                                                                                           Hall 11.2, Stand 110, contact: Christian Konzack, tel.: +49 68 05 911 70, email:

Selecting champions in Berlin, Part I – choosing best robust ponies at the IGW

For the first time at the Green Week the German Equestrian Association is presenting the national winners from six breeds of robust pony. The champion Shetland Pony (stallions under 87 centimetres) is “Daan van´tMinihoefke”, presented by Hans-Heinrich Ehlers from Bokhorst (Schleswig-Holstein). In the section for Shetland Ponies (over 87 cm) the prize went to “Oberbayerns Un Ami”, shown by Tatjana Hanisch from Witten (Northrhine-Westphalia). The experts chose as the national winner among German Part-Bred Shetland Ponies “Juri”, shown by Rebecca Otto from Kreuzfeld (Schleswig-Holstein). In the Classic Pony category the winner’s cup went to “Eichenwaldes Jeremy”, shown by the Kellermann family from Hausen am Bach (Bavaria). “OakTreeTwillight”, shown by Sabrina Rohwedder from Gnutz (Schleswig-Holstein) took the prize among the Dartmoor Ponies, while “Owl’send Montrose”, presented by Klaus Finke from Frechen (Schleswig-Holstein), was the national champion among the Highland Ponies.

Hall 25, contact: Reiterliche Vereinigung, telephone: +49 (0) 2581 63 62 0, email:

Selecting champions Part II – Overall winner “Morgensterns Dalai“

“Morgensterns Dalai” was the overall winner at the fifth FN National Stallion Show for Sport Ponies. The nine-year old dun was shown by Peter Böge from Schönhorst (Schleswig-Holstein). This stallion demonstrated his free-jumping agility too, as runner-up. In so doing this stallion not only secured the title of FN National Winner in the dressage but also in the section of versatile sports pony stallions. 65 stallions aged between four and twelve were competing for the national title in 14 categories. The National Stallion Show took place at the International Green Week in Berlin, which has provided the venue for German horse breeders aand their various stallion and mare shows since 1989.

Hall 25, contact: Reiterliche Vereinigung, telephone: +49 (0) 2581 63 62 0, email:

German Brewers‘ Federation: A wall of bottles and some 6.000 bottle caps

Insights into the outstanding skills of German brewers were again provided at the Green Week, where they presented a small selection from the wide choice from some 6,000 specialist beers which are being brewed every day at over 1,500 breweries. Hall 16 has been specially set up for this purpose, and the customary display of a wall of bottles featuring almost 1,000 exhibits again demonstrated to visitors the enormous diversity of this market. In addition a small selection is available, which can be enjoyed with all the senses. One’s attention is drawn to the four metre wide wall of bottle caps, some 6,000 in all, spelling out the word Beer. Included on the stand are Dithmarscher Brauerei, Brauerei Barre, Craftbier-Brauerei Lemke, Bergquell Brauerei Löbau, Rosenbrauerei Pößneck and Brauerei Leibinger, as well as the counselling organization Lebenshilfe from Halle/Saale, the only nationwide social facility where disabled people can brew beer.
Hall 16 , Stand 100, contact: Marc-Oliver Huhnholz, tel.: +49 (0) 30 2091 67 16,

From all over the world

EU Commission with information about healthy eating

From the producer to the consumer – the EU Commission is using this slogan to promote greater clarity in the food chain. A model landscape is being used to show young people in particular the distribution channels for milk and cereals, from the agricultural enterprise to the shelves, including refrigerated displays, in supermarkets. Young visitors can also sample fruit and vegetables and find out just how good they taste. At the same time the importance and effect of various EU labels for healthy eatiung will be explained.
Hall 3.2, Stand 142, contact: Nathalie Perault, telephone: +32 2,295 74 14,

Romania: The Maiden Grape that survived Stalinism

“We don’t have to struggle to correct what may be the bad reputation of Romanian wine”, says Mihai Hristu, “what we firstly have to do is create a demand for it.” The exporter from Bucarest is on the Romanian combined stand at the Green Week to publicize the age-old wine-making tradition of Romania in the European Union. Following on from the initial cultures within the Roman Empire, wine growers had to cope with many other rulers and and the invasions by pests such as phyloxera. Most recently it was communism that sought to detract from the quality of the wine to such an extent that, following its downfall, the traditional variety, known as Feteasca (Maiden Grape) was no longer a viable export. Today, either red or white, it is among at least 18 domestic grape varieties that are still being cultivated in Romania. Hristu is focusing more on the classic international varieties, merlot and riesling, which were imported from wine-producing countries in western Europe following the end of Stalinism, and are still being cultivated in Romania.
Hall 18, Stand 103, contact: Mihai Hristu, t: +40 77 44 95,600 ,

Organic tea from Nepal makes its debut

“For the first time at the Green Week we are exhibiting organic tea from Nepal, which has been certified in compliance with the relevant EU regulations”, reports Sahayog Newa. There are currently four varieties, pure green and black tea, as well as a green tea with spices and a black tea with mountain herbs. Mixed herbs with mint and green tea is another new addition. It has an intensive aroma and a pleasant hint of anise. This light green tea is very refreshing. Other new additions include a herb tea called “Moringa”, which means “tree of life”. One notable feature is that its level of antioxidants is three times higher than that green tea, according to Newa. Another of its advantages is that it contains numerous vitamins. Also on the stand are 22 traditional types of tea, eleven premium varieties such as white and oolong tea, and spice mixtures in the form of masala and Himalaya salt. The three green and black varieties of tea with Indian basil have already sold completely out, says Newa. Potential purchasers will have to wait for the new harvest in February.
Hall 7.2b, Stand 103, contact: SahayogNewa, tel.: +49,176 63106876,

Qatar:Drinking water from the Arabian Gulf

A team from the GulfWater Plant company is bringing ‘Jouf‘ to the Green Week. Jouf is a mineral water made from desalinated sea water. GulfWater Plant is capable of filling up to 24,000 half litre bottles per hour, making it the third largest producer of mineral water in the Gulf States, according to purchasing officer Rishaf Kurukkan. In addition to Qatar this group of nations comprises Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. Once basic desalination of the sea water has taken place by state-run enterprises it is fed into the company’s own installations where it is again desalinated and filtered several times. Calcium, magnesium, fluoride and potassium are then added. The water conforms to the ISO 22000 standard and contains less than 0.5 milligrams of sodium per litre. Kurukkan is delighted that the representatives of Bulgarian companies have shown interest in the technology here, as well as companies keen to offer this form of treatment to African countries. 

Hall 6.2, Stand 114, contact: Rishaf Kurukkan, tel.: +974 44 78 89 26,

Goji berry chutney, goat’s milk yoghurt and more from Greece

Visitors to Hall 6.2 at the Green Week will find a selection of Greek specialities there. For example, the family-run enterprise GOJI SPIRIT is offering eleven different products made with goji berries, in the form of spreads, chutneys, juices, sauces and dressings, as well as preserved fruits. The fruit spreads are available with orange, basil and agave or with apple, cinnamon and agave, while the chutneys are made with apple and cumin or with orange, beetroot and chilli. The company cultivates the goji berries organically on its own organic land. Founded in 1990, BioAgros has 500 of its own goats. It is attending the Green Week for the first time, where it is exhibiting goat’s milk yoghurt and kefir. Armakadi is another family-run business and was founded in 1917. It specializes in products made with its own olives. Its product range includes native olive oil extra and aromatic olive oils, for example with basil, orange or truffles.
Hall 6.2, Stand 107 / 108, contacts: LitsaPapageorgiou / ThanosAthanasiadis / NikosNikolopoulos, tel.: +30 (0) 2742034340 / +30 (0) 2382081660 / +30 (0) 2610454714, email:  /  /

From Germany’s regions

Berlin start-up:share stands for social consumption

“Our concept is based on the 1+1 principle, which means that for every product sold a product of equal value is donated to a person in need“, explains Malte Bo Stein, product manager for share. Since its launch in 2018, as a result of all the bottles of water sold by share, 41 wells have been dug in developing countries, supplying more than 25,000 people with clean drinking water. This Berlin start-up is also the first manufacturer in Germany to launch a fully recycled water bottle on the market, thereby reducing the amount of plastic waste by more than 100 tonnes. The current range from this new, socially aware brand encompasses mineral water, organic nut bars and hand soap. A new line of beverages is being added in May 2019: sharenatural, a mineral with natural fruit aromas and sugar-free. Visitors to the Green Week can try the new mineral water with a lemon & mint flavour on the combined stand of the German food industry in Hall 22a.
Hall 22a, Stand 180, contact: Marie-Sophie Vorbrodt, tel.:+49 30 12087475,

Baden-Württemberg: “Grober Schnitzer“ – vegan apple spritzer from Dietz
Vegan is not always vegan. At least in the production of fruit juices. “Based on our experience many people do not realize that a clear apple juice cannot be vegan because, in order to remove the particles that make it cloudy, gelatine from pigs has to be used in the final stage of filtration. And that means that the apple juice is no longer vegan”, says André Prüfer from Erwin Dietz GmbH. The product developers at Diez have therefore come up with a filtration method that it can be proven not to contain any animal products. Visitors to the Green Week can test for themselves how good vegan fruit juices and teas can taste. The “teaz”-teas are highly recommended, and contain a drop of ginger, lavender or mint. The latest product is called “Grobe Schnitzer“ and is a natural cloudy (vegan) apple spritzer, each bottle of which is unique, because the labels show different pictures of cultural, leisure and literary subjects.
Hall 5.2, Stand 259, contact:André Prüfer, telephone:+49 173 708 34 07,

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: 1000-year old oak is the idea behind a layer cake

Ten years ago Peter Komander began making layer cakes, as a sideline. He was previous a departmental manager for the Lübeck marzipan factory, which sold sweet almond paste to other businesses for further processing. “We began in 2009 with three kilos.“ While visitors from Lithuania were buying a piece of  Ivenacker layer cake on the stand at the Green Week, the boss explained how the family hit on the idea of making a special layer cake, inspired by the world-renowned Ivenacker oak. “I ordered samples from all over Germany. The family sampled them and than in accordance with the ’guiding principles for fine bakery products’, we developed our own recipe “. There were no preservatives, and premium marzipan and bitter almonds from the Mediterranean region were used. His layer cakes have been available at the Green Week for the past six years. And his success is proof that he made the right choice: “In 2018 we produced three tonnes.”
Hall 5.2, Stand 227, contact:Peter Komander, tel.:+49 39952 23912,

Lower Saxony: Regional sweet potatoes and apple-curry sauce

Transparent, innovative and delicious – that describes Lower Saxony, its exhibitors and their products. For example the butcher Werner Schulte works transparently and comprehensively from ‘nose to tail‘. General manager Sarah Dhem is well acquainted with the owners of two farms where she buys her pork, which comes from pigs that are raised in active pens. The animals are taken to a family-run slaughterhouse less than an hour away. The butchers then process the entire animal. “We have done our homework”, Ms. Dhem comments. Retailers asked Ernst and Bianca Lütje from Wasbüttel whether they would consider growing sweet potatoes. In early 2018 they planted one hectare and harvested the crop in September. They were one of the first farms in Lower Saxony to cultivate sweet potatoes, which are grown without the use of herbicides, insecticides or fungicides. The apple-curry sauce is the best possible advertisement for the manufacturer of gourmet products Altländer Genuss. Tomato puree and Indian Jaipur curry are added to apples from the Altes Land district.
Hall 20, Stand 105, contact:Sarah Dhem, tel.:+49 44 72 687 66 18,
email:                                                                                        Hall 20, Stand 120, contact: Ernst Lütje, tel.:+49 53 74 35 04                                                                    Hall 20, Stand 122, contact: Robert Seir, tel.: +49,179,753 43 24, email: