especially since there has been a steady increase in demand from the 1980s to 2000s. “Almonds formed nearly 70 percent U.S. tree nut export volume in recent years, averaging over 970 million1
pounds (shelled basis), or almost three-quarters of world almond exports” [ CITATION Uni15 \l 1033 ], with Germany being one of the major export countries. I.Situational AnalysisAlmonds are an oval shaped nut that has a woody shell and is the seed from an almond tree. Almonds are distributed in both the shelled and unshelled varieties. They have become a popular nut that you can now find in most grocery stores. Since almonds have such a variety of uses, for example they are ground up to make flour for baking, they are used to produce a milk substitute, and they are used for their oil. They woody shell is used to produce a variety of products and can also be ground and used as a fiber substitute for cows. Since the entire almond including its shell can be used to produce such a multitude of products, it will be exported shelled.II.Country HistoryAfter surviving two World Wars, at the start of the Cold War Germany was divided into two separate states. The two separate states divided into the Eastern and Western portions of Germany. At the end of the Cold War, Germany became a unified country again and became known as the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). “Germany was a founding member of the European Economic Community (EEC)(now the European Union (EU)) in 1957 and participatedin the introduction of the Euro (EUR) in a two-phased approach in 1999 (accounting phase) and 2002 (monetary phase) to replace the Deutsche Mark (DEM)” [ CITATION Exp \l 1033 ]. After all that it has been through Germany has become the largest economic contributor for Europe. 2
III.Cultural OverviewGermany is often known for its famous composers and painters. Germany has been shaped by major intellectual and popular currents in Europe, both religious and secular[ CITATION Cen16 \l 1033 ]. After both of the World Wars, individuals from allied nations settled in Germany. Due to the various backgrounds,Germany has no one single culture; instead it is a melting pot of many cultures like the United States. There are many German cultures which simultaneously coexist despite what are often astonishing differences; they are intertwined, repelling and attracting one another [ CITATION htt \l 1033 ].