The DIL was founded in 1983 and is situated in the county of Osnabrück, one of the regions with the highest numbers of full-time employees and highest density of food industry enterprises in Germany. The German Institute of Food Technologies is a non-governmental and self-financing research institute supported by more than 120 members from fields of food production, mechanical engineering, process engineering and metrology.
The research focus of the DIL is to develop innovative methods for food production, quality assurance and process optimization. Beneficiaries of new insights in food technology are small and medium-sized enterprises. Stated as main objective is the improvement of efficiency and increase of competitiveness of companies from the food industry. According to own sources, the institute finances itself by 90% through external funds, out of which 55% are used to cooperate directly with members of the DIL. In May 1985, a new building was planned for the DIL in the Professor-von-Klitzing Street, where the foundation stone was laid on September 1985 by Birgit Breuel, who was Secretary of Commerce then. The Minister-President of Lower Saxony at that time, Ernst Albrecht, inaugurated the new building at the turn of the year 1986/1987.
In 1988, the institute was renamed into its present name, "German Institute of Food Technologies", and its legal form was changed from membership cooperation to registered association. On 20 Mai 2009, the foundation stone for the expansion of the DIL building was laid by Friedrich-Otto Ripke, the Secretary of State for agriculture, nutrition, and consumer protection. The former Minister-President of Lower Saxony Christian Wulff and Hans-Heinrich Ehlen were thanked for their personal contribution to the grant which enables the German Institute of Food Technologies to cooperate and link itself with further research institutes in the county.