NieKE - Lower Saxony Competence Centre for the Food Industry

Founded: 1999
Members: ca. 200

Focus areas:

food processing, food safety, functional food, optimized production lines, agricultural engineering, education, qualification, knowledge and technology transfer


new technologies, production processes, shortage of skilled labour, R&D, business-oriented networking, public relations, qualification, education and continuing education

International projects:

FOOD2020 (German-Dutch border region) FOOD FUTURE (German-Dutch border region), High Tech Europe, FOOD2Market (Belgium, Netherlands, North Rhine-Westphalia), FoodID (e.g. Sweden), Expert network “Research” (International, e.g. USA, New Zealand)

The network

NieKE bundles the competences in the agriculture and food industry within Lower Saxony and encourages synergies between the participating organisations. Among those networked under the NieKE umbrella are scientific establishments, production and marketing enterprises, service industries, banks, educational institutes etc. The services offered are focussed on SMEs. The network participants are characterised by very high professional qualifications and close association with the food industry. This enables NieKE to contribute towards encouraging enterprise performance within the food sector and in this way support and strengthen this second most important economy sector within the state.


The greatest strengths of the network are its actuality, knowledge-transfer possibilities and the presentation of services. It comes into its own in servicing thematic forums, company meetings, exhibitions or thematic working groups.

Get in contact


NieKE – Lower Saxony Competence Centre for the Food Industry, University of Vechta, Driverstaße 22, 49377 Vechta, Germany

Contact person: Doris Schröder



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