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Photo: Germany has a large ethnically Turkish population that was an early driver of the country's halal industy / Procession through the Brandenburger Tor on Turkish Day, 2003 / Danyalov / Commons

Germany is not known to have a developed Islamic Economy ecosystem but its food & beverages industry is actually well-developed to support a nearly 5-million-strong Muslim population.

Muslims made up 5.8 percent, or just under 4.8 million, of the total population in Germany in 2010. They are estimated to have spent $10.2 billion on food and beverages in 2015, up from $9.8 billion in 2014, and this spend is expected to reach $12.3 billion in 2021 based on a 3.2 percent CAGR.

An estimated 80 percent of Germany’s Muslim population follows a strict Islamic diet, according to Euromonitor International, and a robust halal ecosystem has developed to serve the community’s dietary needs.

Additionally, as the largest F&B-producing country in Europe and the world's third largest overall exporter of food and drink products, behind the United States and the Netherlands, Germany has the potential to substantially increase halal exports to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries. 

Although the influx of refugees has fueled tension, it necessitates a halal food ecosystem that goes beyond retail food.

Germany has welcomed over 1 million refugees, a large number of whom are Muslims displaced by the war with Syria. Recent acts of terrorism in Germany has led to a backlash among the local population, with a rise in negative sentiment against Muslims.

However, because of the substantial shifts in Germany’s demographics, the halal ecosystem needs to be robust to meet the needs of Muslims across various lifestyle touchpoints. These include education, healthcare, travel, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, and opportunities need to be provided for catering firms, ingredients manufacturers, and non-food-products manufacturers to participate and substantially benefit from the halal industry in Germany.

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Germany does not have a national-level centralised halal certification body.

Prominent halal certifiers:

The European Institute of Halal Certification (EHZ) was established by the Council of Islamic Scholars in 2000 and supported by the Islamic Council for the Federal Republic of Germany and the Alliance of the Islamic Communities in Northern Germany. It is a member of the International Halal Integrity Alliance and World Halal Food Council.

Companies certified by the EHZ include Alpavit, Bahlmann, and Brüninghoff. The organization’s website lists 21 halal-certified companies, as of this writing.

The Islamic Centre Aachen was founded in 1974 and is recognized by the World Halal Council, European Islamic Forum, World Health Organization, and Central Council of Muslims in Germany. The organization offers certificates for single products and companies and uses a modern analysis system by an independent laboratory to control certified products. It has certified products from international players including Nestlé, Bayer AG, Muller, and Dr.Oetker. The organization’s website lists 46 companies as references for certified halal products, as of this writing.

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