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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.
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.
The concept of granulated tea develops into a complete success: Annual production is 10 million packs.
The founding of the first subsidiary in Austria.
Steady growth requires expansion:
Construction of the Krüger “Hüttenstraße” instant products plant in Bergisch Gladbach.
100 million DM turnover mark is exceeded
Acquisition of Dr. Scheffler pharmaceutical plant and Wilhelm Reuss Berlin
Founding of “Instant Products of America” in the USA
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.
Founding of KRÜGER PolskaSp. z o.o.
Acquisition of LACTOLAND Trockenmilchwerk in Dülmen: specializing in the production of powdered milk products, food compounds and food ingredients
1 billion DM turnover mark is exceeded
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.
Expansion of the product range:
The construction of new production lines for instant coffee in Bergisch Gladbach.
Construction of a high-bay warehouse with 50,000-unit storage capacity in Bergisch Gladbach
Russia Founding of KRÜGER Grand Russia
Construction of a further production facility in Bergisch Gladbach
Founding of the K-fee-System GmbH subsidiary for its own capsule system
1.56 billion euros group turnover achieved
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
Start of a strategic partnership with Starbucks in the field of capsule systems.
Acquisition of Fuchs & Hoffmann Kakaoprodukte GmbH in Bexbach – specializing in the production of cocoa mass, cocoa nibs, chocolate and couverture for industrial processing.
Founding of HNC Healthy Nutrition GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach.
The company focuses on protein products, sports nutrition and healthy snacks.
Acquisition of the start-up company Hafervoll GmbH in Cologne – including the production of oven-baked flapjacks.
Majority shareholding in BL Balanced & Lifestyle GmbH, based in Vienna. Foundation of SODAPOP GmbH with location in Bergisch Gladbach. Entry into the sparkling water maker segment.