CREMER implements protein growth strategy with strategic partner Food Harbour Hamburg

CREMER has set itself the clear strategic goal of further expanding the growth and value contribution of its Food division and, as an experienced B2B supplier of plant-based raw materials, becoming a relevant player in the current nutrition transformation.

"Plant-based raw materials have been part of our DNA as a third-generation family business since we started trading grains and pulses in 1946," said Dr. Ullrich Wegner, Chief Executive Officer of CREMER.

Today, CREMER is active worldwide as a B2B supplier with the production, processing and refining of a wide variety of plant-based raw materials. For example, CREMER also has Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer as a leading producer and marketer of animal feed in Germany, Nordgetreide as a high-profile producer of cereals for the food industry and retail, and Viridi Foods as a specialist in the production of protein, starch and plant-based flours.

In 2022, CREMER also opened its first contract manufacturing plant for alternative protein products in Singapore. 

Marcel Strassburg, Global Head of M&A and New Ventures at CREMER, says: "In the future, we want to network the diverse competencies and resources of our specialists around the future topic of new protein sources even more closely and systematically expand them with the support of the Food Harbour team."

To this end, CREMER and Food Harbour Hamburg have agreed on a multi-year strategic partnership to leverage the diverse expertise of the full-service food accelerator to expand CREMER's activities.

"We were particularly excited by Food Harbour Hamburg's broad network of science, innovation and market know-how," explains Nils Rupp, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development for CREMER Sustainable Nutrition. "We achieve our ambitious goals best with the corresponding competence partners, many of whom are already part of the Harbour's network," Rupp continues.

"As a 'hidden champion', CREMER is a very exciting partner for us with enormous potential to benefit from the ongoing boom of plant-based alternatives as a high-performance supplier," says Harbour co-founder and CEO Jochen Matzer. Especially the global orientation with a strong presence in Asia also makes CREMER an interesting partner for the other players in the value chain, he adds. "CREMER thus demonstrates the special quality of a family-owned company that perceives market changes early on and consistently realigns itself to them," says Matzer.

In a strategy workshop with the Food Harbor Hamburg team, the nutrition professionals from CREMER identified joint growth potential. The workshop also included a baking session with the special flours from Viridi Foods.



CREMER was founded in 1946 by Peter Cremer and is a successful global company for trade, logistics and industry, now in its third generation of family ownership. With more than 2,400 employees and over 60 companies and holdings, CREMER is active worldwide. The company is headquartered in Hamburg. For several years, CREMER has been increasingly involved in the field of healthy and sustainable food and launched a growth strategy in the plant protein segment. CREMER has invested in manufacturing capabilities for contract manufacturing of plant-based foods in North America, Europe and Asia and has extensive know-how to support customers with individual manufacturing requirements in this area.

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About Food Harbour Hamburg (FHH)

Food Harbour Hamburg (FHH) is a full-service food accelerator. The Harbour offers a comprehensive, modular service portfolio to both established food & beverage producers and emerging food start-ups, from the definition of the product and brand concept to recipe development, initial small-scale production and multi-channel marketing. The main advantages of this offer are: the significant acceleration of the in-house innovation process, the flexible and cost-efficient use of external resources, and the networking and creative exchange with other food and beverage pioneers. As part of the Foodboom Campus at Billstraße 114 in Rothenburgsort, all partners benefit from the existing infrastructure with approximately 65 employees and a creative and inspiring work environment with passionate foodies. As a core element of the upcoming Food Cluster Hamburg, which aims to expand the food industry in the Hamburg metropolitan region, the Food Harbour is supported by the Hamburg Ministry of Economics and Innovation. The Food Accelerator is organized by the Food Harbour Hamburg Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, whose shareholders are the food content producer Foodboom, the raw materials supplier Bösch Boden Spies, the food innovation agency Red Rabbit and the Start-Up Accelerator program manager Stefanie Ostendorf.

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Peter Cremer Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Nils Rupp, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, CREMER Sustainable Nutrition
+49 175 6409776


Food Harbour Hamburg Betriebsgesellschaft mbH                                      
Jochen Matzer, Co-Founder und Geschäftsführer
+49 171 3311488