Want to shape the future of the food & beverage industry?

Start innovating with us!

We pave the way for turning smart ideas into amazing products. From sourcing up to market-ready product innovations. Along the entire value chain we are constantly striving to find even better solutions. For this, we are always looking for new concepts. You have a revolutionary idea for the food & beverage industry? Together we bring ideas to life.

What we are looking for

Our focus topics for innovation

Idea Lab

Top know-how for your ideas

You want to have an expert opinion on your food & beverage idea?

You want to have an expert opinion on your food & beverage idea? Welcome to the Döhler Idea Lab. Describe your idea to us, and we will give you feedback upon potential roadblocks, partners that might be interesting for you to talk to, or ideally we are interested in pursuing your idea together with you.

The better you describe the idea to us, the better we can give feedback to you. Interested? Then get in touch with us!

Döhler Idea2Market Solutions

All you need for your success

You have an idea, we deliver the Idea2Market solution! Our complete know-how and global resources are at your disposal to offer tailored solutions that fit exactly to your business needs. Together we navigate your idea to success:

Product & application know-how
Global R&D network with leading expertise in processing & application

Regulatory services
Tailored advice in food safety, regulatory and technical challanges

Enabling technologies & scale-up
Full competence in process technology: from scale up to industrial size

Worldwide raw material access
Reliable sources for high-quality and traceable fruit & vegetable supply 

Supply chain solutions
State-of-the-art production and logistics infrastructure for food & beverage needs

Consumer & market intelligence
In-house sensory & consumer-science and trend monitoring capacities

Financial support
Innovative models for financial support through our Seed Program and Döhler Ventures fund

Global network
Advice and multiplication opportunities through our suppliers, academic network and independent industry experts

Döhler Seed Program

We fund your ideas

To speed up go-to-market of innovations and ideas we have designed the „Döhler Seed Program“.

We collaborate with innovators and entrepreneurs to fund ideas in food & beverages. Funding decisions are made very fast, our support can be as small as 50,000 EUR and as large as 250,000 EUR. If you have a great idea that you want to realise within short notice or you need funding for a specific project, we can collaborate.

Especially designed for entrepreneurs that do not seek a dedicated venture investment, we have created various models that take into account your specific business needs. Our support is not limited to the financial aspect, Döhler can also help you to scale-up your product and facilitate a global roll-out through our partner network.

Döhler Ventures

We partner with entrepreneurs

We are passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs to build great companies.

Döhler Ventures is exclusively dedicated to provide growth capital for businesses in the food & beverage world. Sure we want to earn money with our investment, however there is nothing more rewarding than accompanying entrepreneurs on their journey to success. We act as a long-term, strategic investor and dedicate our industry-specific experience, skills and network to help you develop and execute a winning business strategy.

Our Investment Criteria

Döhler Idea Challenge

Help to solve current challenges

We have a profound track record of innovations in the food & beverage world, but sometimes there are challenges where we need your support! If your proposal contributes to solving one of the topics, you will be fairly compensated.

Our current innovation challenges

Beyond sugar:
How to reduce sugar and calories through natural sweetening solutions?

Natural blue:
How to obtain natural blue colour other than through Spirulina?

Shelf life extension:
How to extend the shelf life of food & beverages with natural ingredients?

Innovation Network

Connect your expertise with others

We do not have all the answers, but we can connect you to someone who does. We do thousands of introductions every year.

Our innovation network includes:

Internationally renowned universities and research institutions in food and beverage science. We have a constant interaction through joint research projects, collaboration agreements and funding of Ph.D. theses.

Independent industry experts
Worldwide access to technical and commercial advice through our independent expert network in the food & beverage industry. You can rely on us and our network!

Global network of highly specialised suppliers, especially in the field of safe, traceable and sustainable processing of fruit & vegetables. We have various collaborations to mutually enrich know-how in raw materials.

If you are interested to join the circle, we would be happy to discuss with you. Besides further members to our innovation network we are always looking for entrepreneurial-minded people with passion for the food & beverage industry to work with us.

Our Philosophy

We bring ideas to life.


We believe that collaboration and partnership based on trust are key to successful innovation. To bring your ideas to life, we bring in our products, expertise, supply chain and network.

True value

We believe in the power of true value. Thus, our goal is to create products customers and consumers really want. We are constantly challenging ourselves to create true value for our customers, partners and employees. In the same way, we are challenging you and your idea.

Fair revenue and risk sharing

Critical to success of any partnerships are aligned incentives. Therefore we do not have a standardised approach of collaboration – let’s sit together and reflect what works best for you und us.

About Döhler

Who we are and what we do

Döhler is a global producer, marketer and provider of natural ingredients, ingredient systems and integrated solutions for the food & beverage industry.

Headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, Doehler is active in over 130 countries and has 26 production sites, as well as sales offices and application centres on every continent. At Döhler, smart ideas have a way of becoming great products. Starting with nature and cutting-edge technology we are all about creating true customer and consumer value.

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Connect with us

We bring your ideas to life

We don’t have formal procedures on our Innovation Platform, just get connected. Be it your innovative idea, a solution to our challenge or an investment proposal, we will gladly receive a short summary including the following:

  • Brief description of your idea/solution/project/investment proposal
  • What is the innovative element?
  • What is the benefit of your idea for customers and consumers?
  • How do you envision Döhler’s involvement in the project?