Gemüsering goes Zero


Pioneer in climate neutrality: Gemüsering Stuttgart is the first company in the "fresh vegetables and fruit" sector to commit to consistently pursuing the path to climate neutrality at its own site and along the supply chain.

The programme run by the Centre for Sustainable Business Management at Witten/Herdecke University (ZNU) highlights Gemüsering's pioneering position in the field of "sustainable business". Our goal is to continuously reduce emissions with scientific support from the ZNU; any emissions that cannot be avoided are offset through compensation programmes at company level.





The ZNU standard for sustainable management allows Gemüsering to make an active and measurable contribution to sustainable changes in the economy and society step-by-step.


certified company in the fruit+veg sector


Gemüsering locations already certified


Gemüsering locations certified by the end of 2023


Gemüsering locations planned by 2024

Sustainable management

Goals and achievements


100% green electricity: Following the conversion at the first seven locations, which began in 2019, 14 locations in Germany have been using green electricity since the end of 2021 – with a further 13 locations set to follow in 2022. We are also upping our investment in photovoltaic systems at our locations, whose generated electricity is used in-house.


Besides Gemüsering Stuttgart, TOGAZ locations and Gemüsering Thüringen now also operate on a CO2-neutral basis as part of ‘ZNU goes Zero’.
In tomato and carrot production, five products from CO2-neutral production were also distributed in 2021.


In 2020 and 2021, the flowering areas were first expanded to 20 hectares and finally to 27.6 hectares. As our flowering area offer is very popular with farms, we are increasing our target from 30 to 50 hectares of flowering areas by 2025. In 2023, the establishment of 49ha was promoted among the direct suppliers, and of a further 3.5ha of flowering areas in the Gemüsering group.


–24% entry consumption
Reduction of total energy consumption by 24% (2016 to 2020).


100% certified
In 2019, 100%* of products came from controlled and certified farms (*except for non-certifiable products such as wild garlic).


3,000 samples
Every year the Gemüsering group carries out over 3,000 internal plant protection product and microbiology samples.


Implementation of 75% of the employee suggestions
Including things such as employee-initiated team events to strengthen team spirit.


Home office
Expansion of the home office opportunities in the marketing, quality management and human resources departments, as well as for employees in other sectors.


In addition to the internal work of the dual students, at least 2 external projects are supported each year. In 2022, two and in 2023 three projects were supported. Gemüsering Stuttgart is also a partner in numerous projects with more than 5 universities and research institutions in areas such as digitalisation along the supply chain, the promotion of biodiversity or vertical farming.


Tafel Baden-Württemberg
We support the Swabian food banks in avoiding food waste by providing high quality goods that are distributed to the socially and economically disadvantaged.


For products packaged in-house, the materials used are 100% recyclable. We aim to reduce the amount of plastic packaging by 10% by 2026.

Sustainable management

Our guidelines

Conserve resources

We use resources responsibly. For example, we use modern irrigation techniques for water-conserving cultivation, regularly modernise our storage locations and use the waste heat from our greenhouse operations.

Strengthen team spirit

We encourage personal responsibility and team spirit. Team events such as football tournaments or team excursions strengthen our team spirit and sense of cohesion outside the office.

Work in partnership

We stand for reliable and cooperative partnership and, together with our partners, continuously develop solutions for the successful production and marketing of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Fair treatment

We act fairly along the entire value chain. We value sustainable agricultural management, e.g. with a well thought-out crop rotation schedule, careful use of resources and measures to promote biodiversity.

Compensation programmes

Further information


Sustainability at Gemüsering

Sustainability has been practised in the company for years. In a short interview, our sustainability officer, Dr Thorsten Strissel reveals what tasks and challenges he faces when it comes to this important topic.

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Sustainably certified

Centre for Sustainable Business Management

The programme run by the Centre for Sustainable Business Management at Witten/Herdecke University (ZNU) highlights Gemüsering's pioneering position in the field of "sustainable business".

Baden-Württemberg quality mark

Our products labelled with the Baden-Württemberg quality mark are foodstuffs of excellent quality with traceable origins. The label is awarded by the State of Baden-Württemberg, represented by the Ministry of Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection (MLR).


The "Regionalfenster" seal is a verified identification of the regional origin and processing of the product - with additional indication of the inspection body. The Regionalfenster label makes it easier for consumers to recognise products of regional origin and therefore make consciously sustainable purchases.

Create future!

New concepts


We love to value people and nature. That is why we use resources responsibly: We regularly review and modernise our operations in order to be able to work in an energy-efficient and resource-saving manner. We are also creating the future with new concepts – like the construction of a new hydroponic greenhouse facility to reduce water requirements while avoiding soil contamination.


Avoiding food waste

We love to appreciate the value of people and nature. For that reason, we’re keen to take part in various initiatives that help to reduce food waste. Fruit and vegetables that fail to meet requirements and standards can thus find an alternative route to our plates. For example, Schwäbische Tafel e.V. drops in at our cold storage facility every day and picks up ‘surplus goods’ for its food banks in the region. At etepetete, end consumers can order bio-boxes filled with different combinations of goods. We are also happy to support our customers’ concepts and supply them with ‘B-goods’ for their sustainable labels, such as ‘Die etwas anderen’ or ‘Krumme Dinger’.

For an extra portion of fruit and vegetables

As part of the EU school programme, we supply schools with fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables. This gives the children a taste of these fresh foods and allows them to learn at an early age how to integrate them into their everyday diet. Through the educational support of the programme, children learn more about where the food comes from, the variety of products and how to eat a balanced diet. They also improve important food skills.

Modern tomato cultivation

The greenhouse in Zorbau draws its energy from a microgrid network, making it a pioneer in Germany. Microgrids are self-sufficient sufficient island networks that do not burden the public power grid – therefore becoming increasingly important for the energy transition. In 2020, we set up a full LED lighting system for our cultivational processes. Thanks to this, we have been able to reduce energy consumption by approx. 25%, compared to conventional lighting systems. Also in 2020, we avoided producing 1,326 tonnes of CO2 emissions, by using 100% green electricity at all Gemüsering Group locations.

Nahaufnahme von Tomaten aus moderner Tomatenproduktion, die an einer Pflanze hängen, mit einem unscharfen, bokehartigen Hintergrund

Ressource-saving cultivation

Together with Rheinlandgemüse Hydro, we are setting a new hydroponic greenhouse facility into operation for resource-saving lettuce cultivation. Cultivating lettuces in a closed system saves 70% water compared to outdoor production and also eliminates all types of soil contamination.

Research for the future

In collaboration with the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), a vertical farming container provided by Gemüsering is being used to scientifically support indoor farming as part of various projects. The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences has received a Growtainer for research and training purposes. The HSWT researches, among other things, product quality and resource efficiency in plant production in indoor farming systems”.

Renewable energy for production


Gemüsering already uses many existing roof areas to generate energy at almost all of our production sites. The electricity from the photovoltaic systems at the Friedrichskoog location covers 15% of the requirements to operate the cold-storage rooms and is fed in directly. This produces savings of around 50 tonnes of CO₂. Ideal conditions near to the North Sea coast make the operation of our own wind power plants efficient and ensure energy supply, even during the darker months of the year.


Solarpark Green Energy

Green Energy, the affiliate of the Gemüsering Group, operates photovoltaic systems in Germany. Through large-scale solar panel installations on open fields as well as on many roofs of Gemüsering’s production and marketing buildings, Green Energy produces solar energy which is not only used for its own needs but is also fed into the public grid.


Gemüsering Stuttgart GmbH
Langwiesenweg 30 (Großmarkt)
70327 Stuttgart

Tel.  (+49) 711 / 16865 0
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