Our Association

Presentation of the association
The Zentralverband Naturdarm e.V. (ZVN) is representing the interests of German companies trading in and processing natural casings since 1947. The activities of the association are focussed on the protection of quality advantages of high-quality natural casings and the absolute food safety of the refined raw material. The German trade in natural casings grew to a modern branch of the food economy within the past decades – inter alia with the development and the consequent implementation of exemplary quality management and HACCP concepts. The association further focuses on the cooperation with organisations and associations of business partners of the trade in natural casings in trade and industry.

The Zentralverband Naturdarm e.V. has presently 28 members which employ a staff of about 6.000 persons in Germany and abroad. All processing companies (without exceptions) dispose of the EU approval with corresponding EV number which is indicated with each delivery of goods and which assures the clear identification of the respective natural casings company.

On 1 January 2006, the Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V. took over the management of the Zentralverband Naturdarm e.V. The executive director is Dr. Helena Melnikov. The Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V. is a trade association at federal level for the wholesale and export trade.

Today, Germany is considered being a platform for the international trade in natural casings. In 2015, about 75.119 tons of natural casings were imported to Germany. Most of the imported goods came from non-EU countries. The most important trade partners remain EU-countries with Poland and the Netherlands in particular. Outside of the EU leading export countries are asian markets with China/Honkong on top of the list.

The total revenue of the foreign trade of the German natural casings industry was 841 million euros in 2015.

The basis of the economic success of the sector is the consequent and “thoughtful” customer orientation. It is not only restricted to individually tailored delivery offers and times. The high market share of natural casings is also based upon different product innovations of the natural casing companies facilitating the handling of the natural casings (even for unskilled staff), minimising the time needed for processing and rendering high production performances possible.