Toranomon Hills Forum
German-Japanese Symposium on the Future of Food & Ingredients
Toranomon Hills Forum
1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku
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German-Japanese simultaneous translation
Free of charge
15.11.2023 · 13:30
15.11.2023 · 17:00

The German-Japanese Symposium on the Future of Food & Ingredients promises an engaging platform for experts and industry representatives from both Germany and Japan to converge and discuss advancements in the realm of foodstuffs and ingredients. This event will feature insightful keynote speeches and vast opportunities for networking, offering a comprehensive exploration of sustainable food production, ingredient research, and the future of culinary trends. Attendees can anticipate a rich exchange of knowledge and ideas, and an opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of food & ingredients. The German companies are actively searching for distributors & partners in Japan.

Date and Venue

Wednesday, November 15th 2023, 13:30 - 17:00 (JST / Door open 13:00)
Networking Reception: 17:00 - 19:00

Toranomon Hills Forum
Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 4th Floor, Hall B, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-6305



Details (PDF)

The programme is subject to change at any time.

Introduction to Participating Companies & Institutions

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Name Introduction
Agrarmarketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH

AMG - Strategic partner of the agricultural and food industry
When will the transition to organic farming pay off? How can direct marketers and processing companies combine their capacities? What are the opportunities and risks involved in entering a particular export market? Being an entrepreneur in the agricultural and food industry, there are many challenges to face. Our organization connects you with key stakeholders from science and politics to help you reach your goals faster. We offer comprehensive expertise in marketing, consulting, event management, certification processes, business model development, and knowledge transfer -developed over a period of more than 25 years.

CIECH Soda Deutschland GmbH & Co.KG

CIECH SODA is a leading chemical company specializing in the production of soda ash and other chemical products.
With a rich history spanning decades, CIECH SODA has established itself as a reliable and innovative player in the global chemical industry.
Their high-quality soda ash finds wide application in various industries, including glass manufacturing, detergents, chemicals, metallurgy, and the food sector.
It serves as a crucial ingredient in baking, acting as a leavening agent that helps dough rise and creates a light, fluffy texture in baked goods like bread, cakes, and cookies.
Additionally, CIECH SODA's soda ash is used as a pH regulator, ensuring optimal acidity levels and enhancing taste in food and beverage production.
With a commitment to sustainability and a diverse product portfolio, including their food-grade variant called SOBIC, CIECH SODA continues to be a trusted partner in the industrial and food sectors, delivering excellence in chemical manufacturing.

Interstarch GmbH Interstarch GmbH has been producing a wide range of native and modified wheat starches for other businesses since 2011. Our products include vital wheat gluten, an essential ingredient in the food, feed, and non-food industry. For 10 years, we have been carrying out a complex optimization and modernization of our production facilities. As a result, the Interstarch GmbH plant is one of the most modern and efficient starch plants in Europe. The company Interstarch GmbH produces all products under the registered trademark AllStarch.
Kathi- Rainer Thiele GmbH Kathi Rainer Thiele GmbH is a family-run company in the Saxony-Anhalt area since 1951. The company is now managed in the third generation by the grandson of the founders, Marco Thiele.
With regional ingredients, Kathi, as market leader in the former East Germany and No. 2 nationally, produces delicious baking mixes at the Halle (Saale) site together with about 70 employees. We also sells flours and desserts.
The mixes are sold worldwide, the main customer market is the USA.
Kathi stands for tradition, innovation, competence, vision and is proud of over 70 years of baking expertise.
LeHA GmbH We are LeHA. With over 20 years of experience on the European food market, we are one of the true pioneers of vegan alternative products. Our product range represent sustainable food solutions for the modern consumer. They combine an authentic taste experience with perfect product functionality and 100% plant-based sustainability on a competitive price. Contact us for further information.
Miltitz Aromatics GmbH Miltitz Aromatics GmbH is an independent German company (SME), specialised in sythesis of chemical materials used in flavour and fragrances as well as in the fine chemistry.
Enrooted in the tradition of the 1829 founded venture Schimmel&Co , our company was established at the same place, in Miltitz near Leipzig , in 1992 and moved 1993 to the Chemical Park of Bitterfeld-Wolfen, situated about ca. 125 km South of Berlin.
Not only that the company came across excellent infrastrcutural condition but took as well advantage by the open mindedness of the local population and administration towards the chemical industry that enjoys a long history in the place. Due to our experienced collaborators, to the industrial site conditions and to our incessant research efforts, we have become a reliable and innovative partner for many of our customers all over the world.
ÖHMI AG ÖHMI offers a unique range of testing and service services in the fields of laboratory analytics, quality assurance, process management, auditing and certification of management systems as well as building services around the topics of quality, safety, health, and environmental protection (QSHE).
ÖHMI Analytik, as an internationally active company, carries out chemical and microbiological analyses of any matrices and offers a comprehensive range of service services. As an accredited and independent testing laboratory (food laboratory, drinking water laboratory, and environmental laboratory), ÖHMI ensures the highest quality, timely and precise results, as well as professional advice from highly qualified staff. Through the reliability and accuracy of the data delivered, we create certainty for our customers to assess risks appropriately and meet the growing quality and safety standards of the market. ÖHMI Analytik combines high professional competence, state-of-the-art technology, high-quality standards, and individual customer service. The range of testing and service services is complemented by the accredited certification body ÖHMI EuroCert with focuses in the areas of quality, safety, IT, energy, environmental and occupational safety. The expertise of ÖHMI EuroCert includes regional, national, and international auditing and certification of management systems according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001/ SCC, ISO 50001, and ISO 27001 as well as sustainability schemes such as EfbV, GMP+, REDcert.
Pilot Pflanzenöltechnologie Magdeburg e. V. (PPM) PPM is a non-university, innovative service provider for the private sector. Its members are companies from the plant breeding, vegetable oil production and processing, biofuel and equipment manufacturing industries. We offer innovative services by analysing and advising on market-ready products in the following sectors: chemical industry, cosmetics, packaging, food and luxury food industry. At the Magdeburg site, PPM operates a unique test and pilot plant in Germany for the extraction and processing of vegetable oils and proteins on a pilot scale. We are an international and interdisciplinary team. Currently, about 20 chemists, engineers and laboratory technicians are employed at PPM.
Stenger Waffeln GmbH Stenger Waffeln GmbH has been a leading manufacturer of premium ice cream cones and waffles for over nine decades. Based in the heart of Germany, our family-owned company combines traditional craftsmanship with modern production techniques. Committed to quality, we source the finest ingredients, ensuring that every cone and waffle meets the highest standards. Our products grace the shelves of both local delicatessens and international supermarkets, reflecting our blend of local tradition and global reach. At Stenger Waffeln, we believe in creating moments of joy.
WHG Group The WHG Group is a family-owned company. In Eastern Germany, every child knows our unique waffle bread called Filinchen. Our business specializes in the production and global distribution of long-lasting baked goods with high quality standards. This includes crispbread (crackers), filled waffles, rusks, and snack products. In addition to conventional baking recipes, we offer specialties such as Lower Carb, gluten-free, and lactose-free products. Unique specialties like crackers made from pea flour are not only popular among our loyal local customers but are also increasingly appealing to an international audience. We distribute worldwide through importers and retail chains for both wholesale and retail markets.
Wikana Keks und Nahrungsmittel GmbH Wikana is a company founded in 1906 as Kant Chocolate Factory. Since 1950 it has been producing long-life bakery products and since 2001 also organic cookies. Since 1992 Wikana Keks und Nahrungsmittel GmbH is a family business. Our assortment includes about 120 products, where the articles with a cream filling predominate. We have different packaging options for our products and can therefore offer the most diverse variants to our customers. Wikana products are now available in about 12 countries.
WIMEX Group Living agriculture
The Wimex Group is a family-run, medium-sized company with its headquarters in Baasdorf, Saxony-Anhalt, and an administrative office in Regenstauf, Bavaria. Since its foundation in 1985, the company has developed into a renowned agricultural group with around 1,300 employees in the business areas of poultry, vegetables & fruit and energy.
The group of companies consistently pushes the expansion of renewable energies and is a pioneer in the digitalisation (smart farming) of agriculture.
In the field of Smart Farming, Wimex works for farmers, agricultural machinery manufacturers and input dealers. We develop web-based IT solutions for precision agriculture. To this end, we design customised farm management systems as well as software for telemetry systems for data transmission in agriculture.
Winzervereinigung Freyburg-Unstrut eG Winzervereinigung Freyburg-Unstrut eG was founded in 1934 with only 27 members. We´re the largest wine producer of the Saale–Unstrut region. With almost 360 cooperative vintners. We cultivate almost half of Saale-Unstrut´s grape vines; some 380 ha and fill 3.5 million bottles of wine per year.
You´ll find well–known grape varieties in our assortment like Weißburgunder, Müller–Thurgau, Riesling, Blauer Zweigelt, Dornfelder. We own one of the largest and best-maintained oak barrel cellars in Germany. For us the annual certification in accordance with the International Food Standard (IFS) is just as much a matter as our internal rating system that rewards our vintners for high grape quality.

Introduction to the Cluster

About the South Saxony-Anhalt Network for the Food Industry

The South Saxony-Anhalt Network for the Food Industry is a regional association of companies & institutions of the food industry in in federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
With a current annual turnover of 7.9 billion euros, the food industry is, alongside the chemical industry, the economic sector with the highest turnover in Saxony-Anhalt. According to recent studies, the turnover per company and employee in the food industry in Saxony-Anhalt is significantly higher than the national average.
The network is supported professionally and organizationally by the Halle-Dessau Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Agrarmarketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH (AMG).



Organized by

  • Ministry of Economy, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Halle-Dessau Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI Halle-Dessau)
  • German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan)

Supporting Organizations

  • National Supermarket Association of Japan (NSAJ)

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