The German Food Processing Model: How Minnesota Can Benefit and Collaborate

Minnesota has long been at the center of the food processing ecosystem growing generations of innovative and prominent food companies. In Europe, Germany is the leading player for food processing excellence with 90 percent of their food processing sector consisting of small to medium sized enterprises. What if Minnesota and Germany could drive connections and collaboration to build more innovation?

Join us for an informative session to learn about innovative aspects of Germany and Minnesota's food processing clusters, exchange best-practices and resources each market has to offer, discuss international collaboration, and network with leaders from Germany's top food processing cluster organizations.



Christian Kircher, Head of Planning and Orgnaization, German Institute of Food Technology (DIL) and CEO, LI Food

Brett Brohl, Managing Director, Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator

B. Pam Ismail, PhD, Director, Plant Protein Innovation Center, University of Minnesota

Lauren Mehler Pradhan, Managing Director, Grow North

Amanda Neely, Ag Tech Success Manager, Land O'Lakes, Inc.



8:00-8:45 AM - Registration and Light Breakfast

8:45-11:15 AM - Minnesota and German food processing cluster overviews followed by panel discussion


No cost to register.

This event is part of the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative on the topic of Food Processing and will provide attendees with the chance to connect with Food Processing stakeholders from Germany and Minnesota.


Dorsey will validate event parking at the following two parking ramps:

Dorsey Ramp/50 South Sixth Street: Please park on levels 4-8 in the 50 South Sixth Street parking ramp. Enter on Sixth Street between Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall. BE ADVISED: This ramp fills quickly. Please do not park in the Dorsey Client Parking section on Level 3.

Gaviidae Common Ramp: Located on Sixth Street between Nicollet Mall and Marquette Avenue, on the right side. Gaviidae is connected to the Wells Fargo Center.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email or call (651) 201-6220

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Validated parking courtesy of Dorsey and Whitney LLP in the Dorsey Ramp or Gaviidae Common Ramp.

METRO TRANSIT: Blue or Green light rail train to the Nicollet Mall stop (at Fifth Street). Event location just one block south at Sixth Street and Nicollet Mall.


Minnesota Dept of Agriculture


GACC Midwest

Grow North