Michael Staudinger MBA, Freelance Food Industry Translator for German – Expert Translations for Exporting Food and Drink Companies


Technical translator specialising in the entire food supply chain, from primary production and food manufacturing to food retailing and hospitality, including food hygiene, HACCP and urban pest control.

Lagertanks - storage tanks - cuves de stockage
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Michael Staudinger BDÜ, MBA, Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH), DipTrans IoL (English), DPSI, DipTrans IoLET (French). Member of the German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ, Cologne) and the French translators' association SFT (Société française des traducteurs, Paris). Freelance German translator – started off in Chichester/West Sussex as "Michael Staudinger Business Translations" in 1998.


Specialist translator for the entire food & drink supply chain, from agricultural/horticultural production through to the retail distribution and hotel/hospitality sectors, covering food manufacturing as well as the food hygiene sector with HACCP and pest control.


Trained with Germany's number 1 wholesale distributor of bakery ingredients. Studied at business schools in Germany, France and the UK (European Management, University of Brighton). 10 years experience abroad (UK, France etc). 28 years of work experience: 8 years mainly in the food ingredients industry (food wholesalers and food marketing agency as well as food processors), followed by 20 years as a freelance business /food industry translator.


In-country translations by native speaker, with qualifications obtained in the UK as a translator and interpreter (please see "Profile"); comprehensive reference library, all translations proofread by my team, full insurance cover (AXA Cologne), continuous professional development (CPD).


Flaschensterilisierung - bottle sterilisation - stérilisation des bouteilles
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I translate documents from English into German as well as French into German, and to a smaller extent also from German into English, German into French, English into French and French into English (texts for publishing in cooperation with native speakers).


Specialist fields: Management training, lean six sigma, quality manuals, environmental management systems, sustainability declarations, production planning, health & safety (H&S), food hygiene instructions, HACCP documentation, pest monitoring and pest control, integrated pest management (IPM), good manufacturing practice (GMP), audit reports, certification (BRC, IFS etc), incident management procedures, REACH, material safety data sheets (MSDS), food export, food packaging, food labelling, product specifications, supplier declarations, GMO declarations, logistics information, ingredient lists, complaints handling, food company websites, press releases, trade fair leaflets and brochures.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / News:


Specialist literature, newly acquired in autumn 2018

Guerrero-Legarreta / Hui, Handbook of Poultry Science and Technology, Volume 1: Primary Processing (2010), Guerrero-Legarreta / Hui, Handbook of Poultry Science and Technology, Volume 2: Secondary Processing (2010).


CPD session on the latest translation technologies (Osnabrück, 28/08/18)
Attendance at a training session giving an introduction into machine translation: operating principles of the different systems, opportunities and risks, possibilities and limits of the various technologies, with a discussion on the "post-editing" necessary for the attainment of the required level of quality.


Journeys abroad in summer 2018

Journeys to France (2 weeks in total) in order to keep up to date my knowledge of the French language.


Specialist literature, newly acquired in summer 2018

Marshall et al, Ice Cream (New York, 2003), Blüml / Fischer, Manual of Filling Technology - Filling Liquid Products (2004), Bückle / Huber: Manual of Packing and Palletising Technology - State-of-the-art dry ends in theory and practice (2005).


Annual Conference on Food Hygiene, Mühlhausen / Thuringia (21-22/04/18)
Attendance at the food hygiene conference with the following topics: hygiene standards in food manufacture, auditing of food quality standards, pest control in the food processing industry, recording of the results of hygiene checks by mobile app.


Specialist literature, newly acquired in spring 2018

Minni Jha, Modern Technology of Confectionery Industries with Formulae & Processes (2012),  Sams et al, Poultry Meat Processing (2001), Singh et al, Principles of Meat Technology (2015).


Specialist literature, newly acquired in winter 2017 / 2018

Garg et al, Laboratory Manual of Food Microbiology (2010, repr. 2017), Raj, Post Harvest Technology and Engineering (2012), Bhardwaj, Modern Techniques in Fish Handling and Processing (2011), Sehgal, A Laboratory Manual of Food Analysis (2016).


Specialist literature, newly acquired in autumn 2017

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (2015), Hill, Pests of Stored Foodstuffs and Their Control (2002), Paulsen et al, Game Meat Hygiene in Focus (2011), Hornsey, Brewing (2013).


Factory visit in the packaging materials industry, Lengerich (Westphalia) (02/09/17)
Factory tour (open day) at a major manufacturing plant for consumer goods packaging, including film extrusion, clean-room production of food packaging, manufacture and printing of stand-up pouches, etc.


Specialist literature, newly acquired in summer 2017

Stephen T. Beckett, The Science of Chocolate (The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2000), Novak et al, Microbial Safety of Minimally Processed Foods (2003), Irudayaraj et al, Food Processing Operations Modeling: Design and Analysis (2001), French-English dairy book: Répertoire général des aliments: Tome 2 – Produits laitiers (2002).


Journeys abroad spring / summer 2017

Various journeys to England and France (3 weeks in total) in order to keep up to date my knowledge of the English and the French language.


CPD sessions on data security and cloud computing, Osnabrück (25/04/17, 21/06/17)

Attendance at training sessions on data storage and data protection in the context of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).


Annual Conference on Food Hygiene, Mühlhausen / Thuringia (21-23/04/17)
Attendance at the food hygiene conference with the following topics: data capture of quality inspections with mobile devices, food hygiene inspection visits of food facilities, use of the Clean Card as a quick test to check cleaning effectiveness, latest trends in the urban pest control industry.


Specialist literature, newly acquired in spring 2017
Pearson / Gillett, Processed Meats (Aspen Inc., 1999).


Specialist literature, newly acquired in winter 2016 / 2017

Gros / Yerle, Guide pratique de la vinification en rouge (Paris, 2009), Biremont, Technologie en boulangerie (2003), Green, The Butcher's Apprentice (2012), FAO, Animal Production and Health Manual: Good Practices for the Meat Industry (2004), Collins /Huey, Gracey's Meat Hygiene (2015).


Factory visit to a fruit processing plant, Hamburg, November 2016

Guided tour of an industrial plant for fresh fruit processing (prepackaged tropical and subtropical fresh-cut fruits) with preparation, processing and packaging of fruit in a high-hygiene area.


Specialist literature, newly acquired in autumn 2016

Branger et al, Alimentation et processus technologiques (Dijon 2007), Strecker, Total Productive Management - TPM in der Lebensmittelindustrie (2011), Bird, Understanding Wine Technology (2007).


Factory visit in the beverage industry, Lower Saxony, 17/09/16

Factory tour (open day) at a manufacturer of fruit juices with raw materials intake, juice extraction, tank storage, batch blending, filling machines, finished goods warehouse and dispatch area.


Factory visit to a wholesale bakery, Osnabrück, May 2016

Visit to a large-scale bakery with semi-automated production of croissants and other pastries. 


Training updates in March 2016

  • Guided tour of the production departments of a pasta factory in Baden-Württemberg (dry pasta and fresh pasta) including fully-automatic egg breaking.
  • Attendance at the Pest-Protect trade fair and symposium of the pest control industry in Stuttgart, with lectures focusing on the methods of bed bug control and a presentation of bed bug detection dogs. 
Lebensmittelunternehmen - food company - entreprise alimentaire
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Michael Staudinger BDÜ

Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH), MBA 

Fachübersetzer Food

Kienebrinkstr. 37

49525 Lengerich (Westf.) Germany / Allemagne


Keine Privatkunden, nur Firmenkunden (Kaufleute i.S.d. HGB)!
Corporate clients only (B2B)
Offre B2B réservée aux entreprises !


Mitglied im Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e.V. (BDÜ):

BDÜ-Mitglied / Übersetzungsdienstleister, Mitglied im BDÜ


Mitglied im Fachkreis Lebensmittelhygiene e.V. (FKLMH):

Mitglied im Fachkreis Lebensmittelhygiene e.V. mit Hygieneforum


Membre de la Société française des traducteurs (SFT), Paris :


Übersetzer Lebensmittel


Food translator

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Food industry translator



Freelance translator
Food & drink translator
German translator specialising in beverages

Technical translator food
Specialist translator food

and food technology

Traducteur allemand

Traductions allemandes
Traduction agroalimentaire


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Letzte Aktualisierung der Website: November 2018