Food industry

Our expertise

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We work together with companies that represent enjoyment and life’s pleasures for consumers and are well-managed on a hotly contested market.

In good Hanseatic tradition the Food sectors – i.e. the food industry - has been a core business of the bank since its formation.

The food industry is multifaceted, with the wide variety of products and careful handling of the foodstuffs requiring a specific type of knowledge. Our Client Relationship Manager have a profound understanding of the agri­cul­tural and food markets and they know which step in the retail chain harbours which oppor­tunities and risks. This results in individualised and sector-specific solutions for our clients. We have a wide network of good contacts in the coffee and tea industries and also enjoy an excellent position in the meat and agricultural sectors. Moreover, a large number of food retailers feature among our clients - many of them dating back to the time when the Bank was established.

Our range of services includes all forms of modern corporate financing, professional settlement of international payment transactions including cash management and the fast and reliable processing of international documentary business. As many projects in international trade and the import/export business are settled in a foreign currency, we also competently support these FX transactions and offer appropriate hedging instruments.

A long-term client relationship based on partnership matters to us, as trust forms the basis of our actions.

Food industry

Food industry


The market for food products is constantly on the move because of changing consumer behaviour, vigorous innovation and fierce competition.


Brands, white labels, production or trading: we know the challenges and opportunities of the business models and will do our bit to help you achieve your objectives.


No matter where the market is heading: our sector experts feed you with fresh ideas so that you can realise yours.

The privatised commercial bank

Hamburg Commercial Bank has traditionally been a competent and reliable partner for the upper medium-sized market in Northern Germany and beyond. We provide our clients with tailor-made offers, an extensive range of services and innovative solutions and products. We not only provide support to our clients in planning and implementing their projects but also enter into a strategic dialogue with them. We focus on sectors in which we are currently well-positioned and see further growth potential.

Our key objective is to have long-term satisfied clients. As a house bank we seek to establish a close and trusting collaboration with our clients. Drawing on our industry sector expertise, extensive range of services and intelligent product approach we develop for our clients solutions that are tailored to meet their individual requirements. The range extends from classic financing arrangements to active interest rate and currency management and the implementation of complex financing structures. We take account of the increasing demands of our clients by means of our structuring expertise that includes tax, corporate law and rating-based approaches.

Please contact us. Challenge us. We are ready to engage in a strategic dialogue with you.

Rising to the challenge of intensive competition in the food industry

The food industry is the third-largest industrial sector in Germany, employing just under 600,000 people in more than 5,800 companies. The sector, whose business is becoming increasingly international with companies now selling around one third of their products abroad, is virtually immune to economic fluctuations, meaning that it shows stable development in general. Nevertheless, food manufacturers are under huge margin pressure due to excess capacity and the high level of concentration in the German food retail sector. The only companies who will be able to withstand this intensive competition are those that can successfully tap into new sales markets, focus on innovative products and cut manufacturing costs at the same time.

Product Overview

For the A to Z of banking products - your client relationship manager is always the right contact person. We work with you to develop an appropriate solution for your requirements and the challenges of your business, for example with regard to credit insurance, special financing of investments in growth or the reorganisation of your corporate structure as part of a spin-off. Wealth Management completes our extensive range of products and services for entrepreneurs.

Whether you are looking for a complex, special solution or we are providing you with support in all matters as a core bank, we will provide you with first-class advice and always with a view of the whole. Our product development experts ensure that you are always provided with the optimal solutions for this. Optimally tailored from an expertise, content-related and technically professional as well as economic perspective.

Financial management

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  • Professional corporate financing
  • Short-term financing of working capital
  • Medium-term growth financing
  • Long-term investment financing
  • Guarantees and sureties

Structured Finance

Find solutions for complex problems

Our experts in the area of structured finance advise your company as the interface between classical corporate banking and investment banking. From the restructuring of debt and equity capital to the securitisation of assets we support you in designing and implementing complex and multi-layered financing structures, especially in the structuring of liabilities. We also draw on other resources and expertise of the Bank as required in order to provide goal-oriented advice and solutions for your tasks. We therefore offer you an integrated and efficient approach from a single source.

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  • Capital structuring
  • Structured leases
  • Project financing
  • Leveraged finance/ acquisition financing

M & A advisory

M & A advisory services for mid-cap companies

The business unit M & A advisory is your specialist advisor for mergers and acquisitions, supporting you in the successful implementation of your strategic projects. Whether you are considering selling a company, finding a successor, undertaking a merger, joint venture or acquisition, buying a stake or raising growth capital, as an entrepreneur you can trust in our many years’ of experience in financial advisory and in our excellent national and international network of contacts and business relationships.

Finding a potential buyer for your company, a co-investor or a suitable target company requires in-depth knowledge of the relevant market and business sector. Thanks to our expertise of your industry, we understand the challenges in your market and can recognise the opportunities and risks associated with them. In partnership with you, we analyse your strategic options and develop the most suitable transaction solutions for you.

These are the core industry sectors in which our M & A advisory is active:

  • Shipping, Logistics and Infrastructure
  • Industrials
  • Renewables
  • Healthcare
  • Consumer Goods

Please see our examples of transactions and mandates for these and further industries under our list of references .

Benefit from an excellent service and our exceptional financial advisory expertise in the mid-cap area.

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Risk management

The professional control of interest rate, currency and default risks is an important prerequisite in the area of risk management. We support you by identifying all the risks for your business success through analysis and advice. We set the following priorities for our clients.

Fixed income and fx management

With active interest rate and currency management you can optimise your risk situation with regard to liquidity, currencies and interest rates by means of your individual and tailored profile. Derivative instruments are particularly appropriate for this purpose as interest rates and currencies can become an actively managed earnings potential for you from a given size.

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Debt management

Bad debts can adversely impact the business success of a company. We are ready to advise you regarding the management of both your domestic and foreign receivables. We use a variety of instruments that range from forfaiting to government export credit schemes for your company.

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With our cooperation partners such as the Provinzial NordWest insurance group we can offer your company comprehensive and competent advise on all insurance topics.

Investment Management

We regard ourselves as a competent partner with many years of experience across the money, equity and bond markets - especially in the development of innovative financial market and investment products to the needs of our customers. But our classic money market and capital markets products are also in demand due to our expertise.

The objective of our professional investment management is to manage your investments in such a way that risks are minimised on the one hand and all earnings opportunities are exploited on the other.

Money market

This includes all short-term investment opportunities for your company, such as near money market funds and term deposits with short maturities. We can also provide you with innovative products, by means of which you can significantly increase the interest rate earned on your investments on a fair risk/reward ratio.

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Capital markets

We can provide you with advice on all questions relating to the equity. bond and fund business. Take advantage of our expertise accumulated over many years. Through an international network and stable partnerships we are active in all important financial markets and corresponding time zones.

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Cash Management

Modern and professional management of accounts and liquidity is essential for your company - our product range provides you with many options for covering all your product requirements relating to payment transactions and structuring your liquidity planning in an individual and effective manner.

We therefore offer you a wide range of payment methods, applications and communication systems that can be individually adapted at any time to your specific business circumstances and requirements. You are able to process your orders quickly and securely, conveniently and cost-effectively.

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Global Trade Finance & Exportfinanzierung

Wealth Management

Wealth Management is an integral part of our comprehensive service approach, which includes your private assets in addition to your business affairs. These are often closely linked in the case of owner-managed companies. In order to take account of the stringent requirements resulting from the interaction of private, family and company interests, we have combined our wealth management and corporate business into the Corporate Clients division. We are also one of the leading banks in Germany in the area of philanthropy & foundations .

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Michael Rothehüser

Head of Trade, Food & Commodities

Phone: +49 40 3333-10151
Fax: +49 40 3333-610151

Tim Muhle


Phone: +49 40 3333-11347

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Bank Code, BIC Code

Bank Code
The Hamburg Commercial Bank AG Bank Code is 210 500 00.


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Bank Code, BIC Code

Bank Code
The HSH Nordbank AG Bank Code is 210 500 00.


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