Our history

The history of the KRÜGER GROUP

It all began 4 decades ago with 12 employees, one idea and clear demands in terms of quality and expertise. With courage and a keen sense of markets and opportunities, Willibert Krüger laid the foundations for the company which now operates worldwide. Currently around 5,000 employees belong to the KRÜGER GROUP – at 20 locations in 10 countries.

1970s

1971

The success story begins with many small steps: from the production of Krüger’s own instant products in the adjoining rooms of his parents’ wholesale business to the step into self-employment, then far beyond the borders of German markets.

1976

The concept of granulated tea develops into a complete success: Annual production is 10 million packs.

1978

The founding of the first subsidiary in Austria.

1980s

1981

Steady growth requires expansion:

Construction of the Krüger “Hüttenstraße” instant products plant in Bergisch Gladbach.

1984

100 million DM turnover mark is exceeded

1987

Acquisition of Dr. Scheffler pharmaceutical plant and Wilhelm Reuss Berlin

1988

Founding of “Instant Products of America” in the USA

1990s

1991

Acquisition of the specialist milk-processing company for spray products. Milchwerke Mittelelbe in Stendal processes up to 1.2 million liters of milk a day: into milk powders, infant nutrition, ready-to-drink products, sweeteners, and coffee whitener.

1994

Founding of KRÜGER Polska
Sp. z o.o.

1995

Acquisition of LACTOLAND Trockenmilchwerk in Dülmen: specializing in the production of powdered milk products, food compounds and food ingredients

1995

1 billion DM turnover mark is exceeded

1998

Acquisition of Ludwig Schokolade GmbH & Co. KG with the entire brand business for chocolate and chewable sweets, including Schogetten, FRITT, Edle Tropfen in Nuss, Feinschmecker, Wappenklasse.

2000s

2000

Expansion of the product range:

The construction of new production lines for instant coffee in Bergisch Gladbach.

2004

Construction of a high-bay warehouse with 50,000-unit storage capacity in Bergisch Gladbach

2004

Russia Founding of KRÜGER Grand Russia

2008

Construction of a further production facility in Bergisch Gladbach

2008

Founding of the K-fee-System GmbH subsidiary for its own capsule system

2009

1.56 billion euros group turnover achieved

2010s

2010

The market launch of the K‑fee capsule system – with capsule machine and its own coffee capsules.

Majority takeover of Fuchs & Hoffmann Kakaoprodukte GmbH in Bexbach.

1.6 billion euros group turnover – annual record achieved

2012

Start of a strategic partnership with Starbucks in the field of capsule systems.

2015

Acquisition of Fuchs & Hoffmann Kakaoprodukte GmbH in Bexbach – specializing in the production of cocoa mass, cocoa nibs, chocolate and couverture for industrial processing.

2017

Founding of HNC Healthy Nutrition GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach. 

The company focuses on protein products, sports nutrition and healthy snacks.

2019

Acquisition of the start-up company Hafervoll GmbH in Cologne – including the production of oven-baked flapjacks.

Necessary cookies

Back

Cookies for Marketing purpose

Back

Analysis of user behavior

Back

Other cookies

Back

Not classified Cookies

Back

We respect your privacy

Our website cookies help to make your visit to our site more enjoyable. We take your preferences into account and only use the data for which you give us your consent.

Make your selection here:

Necessary cookies

Cookies for Marketing purpose

Other cookies

Analysis of user behavior

Not classified Cookies

Accept all cookies

Learn more about the use of cookies in our Privacy policy. You can withdraw your consent to the use of cookies and scripts at any time here!

Save selection