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It all began 5 decades ago with 12 employees, an idea and clear demands on quality and know-how. With courage and a keen sense of markets and opportunities, Willibert Krüger laid the foundations for the company which now operates worldwide. Currently, around 5,300 employees belong to the KRÜGER GROUP - at 21 locations in 10 countries.
The success story begins with many small steps: Willibert Krüger starts the production of his own instant products in the adjoining rooms of his parents' wholesale business before taking the next step into self-employment, and then far beyond the borders of the German markets.
The concept of granulated tea develops into a complete success: Annual production is 10 million packs.
Instantina - first subsidiary in Austria.
Foundation of Dr. B. Scheffler Nachfolger GmbH & Co. KG.
Construction of the Krüger “Hüttenstraße” instant products plant in Bergisch Gladbach.
DM turnover mark is exceeded
Acquisition ofWilhelm Reuss in Berlin
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 billionDM turnover mark is exceeded
of NP Pharma in Poland
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.
Acquisition of Winsenia in Winsen/Luhe
The Winsenia brand offers a wide range of nut-nougat spreads.
Foundation of KRÜGER Grand Russia
Acquisition of Inda Chocolate in Poland
Expansion to Australia
Founding of the K-fee-System GmbH subsidiary for its own capsule system
1.56 billion euros group turnover achieved
Acquisition of Fuchs & Hoffmann Kakaoprodukte GmbH in Bexbach – specializing in the production of cocoa mass, cocoa nibs, chocolate and couverture for industrial processing.
to the USA
The market launch of the K‑fee capsule system – with capsule machine and its own coffee capsules.
Acquisition of the French manufacturer NUTRIMAINE located in Levallois-Perret with the brands Benco and Banania.
Founding of HNC Healthy Nutrition GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach.
The company focuses on protein products, sports nutrition and healthy snacks.
Foundation of GCS German Capsule Solution GmbH and entry into the market for compatible capsules of all common systems.
Acquisition of the start-up company Hafervoll GmbH in Cologne – including the production of oven-baked flapjacks.
of Peeters products in Roosendaal/NL
of the Business-Angel-
and venture capital company
The Good Taste Angels
Entry into the sparkling water maker segment with the majority shareholding in BL Balanced Lifestyle Food and Beverages GmbH, located in Vienna. Foundation of SODAPOP GmbH in Bergisch Gladbach.