Geographical, socio-political, climatic changes have influenced the German cuisine to become what it is today. Before the reunification, East Germany was highly influenced by the neighbouring Communist countries’ cuisines. The influx of immigrants from Italy and Turkey during the 1990s brought with them, their own food styles, to which the Germans quickly adapted. Since early 2000s, there has been a considerable rise in Asian food being widely available in the German market.
According to a Reuters
report of 2011, Germans surpassed Italian as well as the Spanish cuisine. In 2013, The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture stated that Germany’s food exports amounted to EUR 66 billion. On an average, Germans have 3 meals a day, instead of the customary 5 meal pattern which existed earlier. Like almost every other country, Germany too has its own dining & business etiquette, knowing which, would definitely be of help during your next business trip.
Here are some commonly observed table manners –
German is one of the top 10 business languages of the world, and as mentioned earlier, it is one of the key countries that exports machinery, chemicals, etc. Their business calendar is occupied all throughout the yearwhich can be seen in the list of German Trade Fairs for 2016. This is done so as to open the doors for international cooperation and exchange.
It then becomes imperative to acquaint oneself with the country’s culture and reality to help create and foster long running business relationships.
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