Service for Members

Benefits of a Membership at the ZDS

The Member Service combines all services and support for our member companies, such as advice on technical issues, taking into account new requests and topics, or networking with other players. The team is also the first point of contact for new members such as startups or industry-related companies. As a member, we are happy to advise you on topics such as promoting vocational training, acquiring trainees or product development.

But a membership at the ZDS pays off for you in the literal sense, too: For example, as a member of the ZDS, you receive a discount on participation in seminars, courses or congresses. Currently, the association of the Central College of the German Confectionery Industry has around 230 members from the confectionery and food industries and their suppliers.





1. Use of the ZDS expert network

You are looking for a particular raw material, a special plant or an expertise?

Our specialist instructors are here to help you in word and deed! In addition, we will be happy to quickly and easily put you in touch with a contact from our extensive ZDS network.

2. Company specific training and consulting

Whether online, at your site, or at ZDS - take advantage of company-specific training and consulting from our expert instructors!


3. Use of the technical facilities and equipment of the ZDS

You would like to develop a new product and don't have the suitable machines in your production or no capacities available?
No problem - we offer members exclusively the possibility to use our pilot plants with an extensive range of manufacturing equipment. 

 4. Communication and presentation platform

Whether at international congresses, day seminars or practical courses: As a member of the ZDS, you can display your brochures in designated areas,
you are primarily invited to our exhibition platforms or be able to shine as a speaker with your expertise.

5. Reduced event fees

You can also benefit monetarily from your membership! Members of the ZDS receive attractive discounts on the participation fees at our events.

6. Support of industrial product development

ZDS's specialist staff will support you in the development of new products - for example to advance the improvement or adaptation of product quality, to avoid production errors or to implement new process sequences. In our pilot plants, many confectionery products can be produced on a laboratory and industrial scale.




Exclusively for members: Individual training courses and product development

The following modernly equipped technical departments are available at the ZDS for this purpose:

- Chocolate
- Confectionery / gums and jelly
- Praline
- Panned goods / chewing gum
- Fine bakery products and snacks
- Ice cream

In consultation with the member company, the ZDS specialist instructors, possibly supplemented by external specialists, create specific test arrangements or training programmes and then carry out the planned measures exclusively. Of course, consulting and training, especially for tests and product developments, is subject to absolute confidentiality and secrecy.

The participant documents (presentations, specialist information) are always handed out on USB sticks. Depending on the scope of the private measure, specific offers are made for this training, which take into account both the personnel and material costs. Billing is based on the measure carried out.

For the accommodation of participants at such events, several hotels are available in which rooms can be booked at ZDS special conditions. Booking and settlement are the responsibility of the member, but for sure, we are pleased to help you.

Members of ZDS

The association is sponsored by the Zentralfachschule der Deutschen Süßwarenwirtschaft e.V. (Central College of the German Confectionery Industry). The association was founded in 1951. It currently consists of approx. 230 members from all sectors of the confectionery, food, supplier and machine industries as well as trade from Germany and from near and far foreign countries.

Membership in the sponsoring association is associated with numerous advantages, among others: Special conditions for participation in events; advice from the ZDS team of experts; use of the technical centres; individual training courses.

Here you can see the logos of some of our member companies:

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