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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

German Food and Drink Sales Increasing

BONN, Germany -- German food and drinks sales to the Russian Federation are rising sharply, led by exports of meat and dairy products, the Central Marketing Co. for Germany's agricultural industries said.

Total exports to Russia in 1997 were up at 3 billion Deutsche marks ($1.6 billion) versus 2.2 billion marks in 1996, the Central Marketing Co. said in a press release, citing preliminary federal statistics office figures. The 1997 value was up by 35 percent and the volume up 24 percent.

Dairy products sales of 560 million marks in 1997 were double those seen in 1996, while meat exports totaling 330 million marks were up from 233 million achieved in 1996.

Russia is one of Germany's most important food customers outside the European Union.

With purchasing power seen rising in Russia, the Central Marketing Co. saw further growth chances for German products. Domestic industries were not yet able to provide enough products of high quality at acceptable costs and in fact were still declining, it said. The Central Marketing Co.'s sister organization, the DBV farm union, said Russian meat output last year fell 9.4 percent, while milk production was down 5.6 percent.

Regardless of Germany's export success in Russia, Russian food export values are dwarfed by those achieved in German sales to the Netherlands, France and Italy.

Total food exports out of Germany from January to August 1997 totaled 22.8 billion marks.