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Foundation of family company Pektin-Fabrik Hermann Herbstreith KG in Wolfzennen am Bodensee by Hermann Herbstreith who recognized the potential and numerous applications of apple pomace as a valuable raw material for the production of apple pectin.


Transfer of site to Neuenbürg / Württemberg in order to benefit from location advantages such as water, better supply of raw materials and proximity to customers.



Erwin Herbstreith takes over the company after the death of his father Hermann Herbstreith.

Pictures: Hermann Herbstreith (left),
Erwin Herbstreith (right)



Construction of the first raw material storage hall at Rotenbach near Neuenbürg, basis of today’s large storage capacity.







Gerhard F. Fox, today’s chairman and general partner, joined the company as Manager Technical Service and Sales.




Foundation of Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH as an initial step in expanding the company’s interests.

Start of production of Herbarom (colouring fruit extract sweetener).


Change-over to environment-friendly natural gas and start of operation of a new heating power plant with a power supply of its own.



Extension of raw material storage halls in Neuenbürg / Rotenbach to a capacity of
17,500 MT dried apple pomace.


Extensive reconstruction and modernization measures in connection with the construction of new production facilities, thus increase in capacity to 2,600 MT pectin.


Start of production of Herbasweet (non-colouring fruit extract sweetener) in Neuenbürg.


Takeover and complete restructering of an additional production plant – today’s Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder – in Brandenburg.

Foundation of Herbstreith & Fox Kft. with seat in Budapest, Hungary.


Erwin Herbstreith, who has successfully been running the company for more than
4 decades, goes into well-deserved retirement.

Takeover of the management of the entire Herbstreith & Fox corporate group by Gerhard F. Fox.

Change of organization structure and change of company name of the Neuenbürg plant to Herbstreith & Fox KG.

Introduction of a new company logo for the entire H&F corporate group.


On January 1st introduction of a new nomenclature.

Supplementation of H&F product range of Apple Pectins with Combi Pectins, Citrus Pectins, Beet Pectins and Sunflower Pectins.


Transfer of seat of Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH to Werder/Havel, seat of Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder.


Introduction of a Quality Management System according to DIN ISO 9001 / EN 29001.
Introduction of newly developed H&F Instant and Amid Pectins.
H&F organizes 1st International Pectin Workshop.


Introduction of newly developed H&F Instant-Plus Pectins.
Foundation of the H&F Asia Office in Medan, Indonesia.


Presentation of the H&F corporate group in the Internet.

Re-Certification of the Quality Management System according to DIN EN ISO 9001.


Foundation of the H&F Pacific Office in Russell, New Zealand.

Erwin Herbstreith, retired since 1991, has left the company as limited partner at the age of 86 on 31st December 1998. The son of the founder of the company, Hermann Herbstreith, has successfully managed the company more than 40 years as personally liable partner before he switched to being a limited partner upon his retirement.


Foundation of the H&F Spain Office in Santomera-Murcia.

Construction and start of operation of a liquid product station (Herbasweet, Herbarom) in Neuenbürg with a total tank storage volume of 729.000 litres.


Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH – To cope with the company's growing international activities and the position in the global market the company has been renamed to Herbafood Ingredients GmbH.

Foundation of the H&F Italy Office in Sesto San Giovanni, Milano.

Re-Certification of the Quality Management System according to DIN EN ISO 9001.


After a full and active life our senior partner Erwin Herbstreith (retired since 1991) who in his position as personally liable partner managed the company for more than four decades passed on at the age of 89 on 20th August 2002.

Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder integrated in certification in December 2002

Re-Design of the H&F website.


Re-Certification of the Quality Management System according to DIN EN ISO 9001.

Herbafood Ingredients GmbH present themselves at FIE (Food Ingredients Europe) in November 2003 in Frankfurt with a new Corporate Design.


The newly founded distribution company, Herbstreith & Fox Inc., based in Elmsford, USA will start its business activities on January 5th, 2004.


70 years – Pektin-Fabrik Neuenbürg
On November 27th, 2004, Herbstreith & Fox KG Pektin-Fabrik Neuenbürg could review their 70 years existence.


Picture: The executives of the Herbstreith & Fox Corporate Group visit the place where the company was founded.

Introduction of a quality-management-system according to DIN ISO 9001 at Herbafood Ingredients GmbH, Werder.


25 years – Herbafood Ingredients GmbH
The H&F subsidiary, Herbafood Ingredients GmbH, which was found on May 2nd, 1980, will be 25 years.

Takeover of the bordering premises in Werder for expansion and construction of an H&F logistic centre (plant 3) for the whole H&F Corporate Group.


Purchase of the ”Alte Turnhalle” and the sports field bordering the company’s area in Neuenbürg for future expansion.

Foundation of the H&F France Office in Aix-en-Provence.

Introduction of a common quality-management-system of
Herbstreith & Fox Corporate Group according to DIN ISO 9001, Re-Certification.


Release of the new H&F Website.

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Endreß, Manager Research and Development/QM, was appointed honorary professor of University Hohenheim.


Commissioning a new, central packing station in Werder.

Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder has been renamed to Herbstreith & Fox GmbH, Werder.

Andreas Bernhardt was appointed as a further manager of Herbstreith & Fox GmbH, Werder.


As of 01.01.2009 the newly founded H&F subsidiary agro FOOD SOLUTION GMBH is taking over the animal nutrition division of Herbafood Ingredients GmbH.

Herbstreith & Fox - 75 Successful Years
On 27 November 1934, the Pektin-Fabrik GmbH was founded in Wolfzennen/Eriskirch (Lake Constance) and developed to the today´s H&F. 75 years have passed since then.
The history of Herbstreith & Fox tells a story of a traditional family-owned business.


Implementation of an energy management system according to DIN EN 16001 at Herbstreith & Fox GmbH.


Commissioning a further production line for Amid Pectins in Werder (Capacity 2.000 t). 

Change to an energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 at Herbstreith & Fox GmbH.


H&F subsidiary, Herbafood Ingredients GmbH, obtains the Intergastra Innovation Prize 2014 (category food), the Internorga Future Prize 2014 (category trendsetter product food and beverages) as well as the Brandenburger Innovations Prize 2014 (category food industry) for its product innovation BASIC textur (product division herba cuisine).

This pure vegetable texturizer, neutral in colour and taste, has been developed for several years within the H&F Corporate Group before it has been presented to the market in 2011.

Construction of a new raw material storage in Neuenbürg-Rotenbach (ca. 7,500 t) and expansion of the store capacity to approx. 25,000 t.

Herbstreith & Fox KG Pektin-Fabriken, Herbstreith & Fox GmbH and Herbafood Ingredients GmbH successfully passed the certification process according to the Food Safety System Certification Standard (FSSC 22000).


H&F subsidiary, Herbafood Ingredients GmbH, obtains the 4. award for BASIC textur (product division herba cuisine) – STAR AWARD 2015 (category: Food & Beverage)

Implementation of an energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 at Herbstreith & Fox KG.

Gelling sugar: A real classic will be 50 years!

Fifty years ago, Pfeifer & Langen were the first to place “gelling sugar” on the market. The pectin contained in the gelling sugar has been developed by order of Arnold Langen (Pfeifer & Langen) in a common working group with Erwin Herbstreith (at that time: Pektin-Fabrik Hermann Herbstreith KG).

Gelling sugar: A real classic will be 50 years! (source: www.food-monitor.de)

H&F subsidiaries celebrate their 25th anniversary

Herbstreith & Fox GmbH, Werder/Havel (Brandenburg)
Taking over the pectin factory in Werder/Havel in 1990, the year of the German reunification, Herbstreith & Fox took an important step to extend the company’s strategy and at once reacted to the requirements of the world pectin market. Today, a quarter century after the foundation on July 1, 1990, Herbstreith & Fox GmbH in Werder/Havel is a modern, efficient and environmentally friendly manufacturer and that contributes to the worldwide success of the H&F Corporate Group using state-of-the-art production engineering.

Herbstreith & Fox Kft. Budapest
When the subsidiary Herbstreith & Fox Kft. was founded in Budapest on August 6, 1990, the business activity was initially focused on raw material supply of the parent company (Hungary is one of the traditional European apple harvesting countries ) and on establishing the pectin distribution. During the past 25 years the Hungarian subsidiary developed to one of the leading food ingredients suppliers and is very well-positioned in the Hungarian market with a high awareness level.

Energy Management

Herbstreith & Fox KG introduced the energy management system according to the international standard DIN EN ISO 50001.


Herbafood Ingredients GmbH presents the Apfelcholest brand. The food supplement is based on apple pectin and helps maintain the normal blood cholesterol level.



The herba cuisine product line of Herbafood Ingredients GmbH launches a dry texturiser on the market, namely BASIC dry. The product is available in two variants, light and dark, consisting of citrus and apple fibres respectively and is especially suitable for soups and sauces.


Herbafood Ingredients GmbH receives the coveted Next of Market 2018 title for the product innovation BASIC dry. The prize is an award for ground-breaking products and concepts awarded by B&L MedienGesellschaft, which was awarded on the evening before Internorga. The product was also distinguished with the Star Award 2018 (bronze, category: Food Concepts).



Acquisition of Riske GmbH Food Ingredients, Additives and Food Technological Processing-Consulting by the H&F corporate group. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herbstreith & Fox KG, the company will continue as Riske Ingredients GmbH at the Saarlouis site.


From the start of 2019 on, Sven Fox, son of Executive Partner Gerhard F. Fox, is gradually granted managerial powers for all companies in the Herbstreith & Fox corporate group. He will gradually take on responsibility for the operational management of the entire corporate group.

Sven Fox has been involved in the Herbstreith & Fox corporate group for several years and was previously responsible for successfully managing the Marketing/Sales/Technical Services divisions.

In addition to his father (and the Fox&Fox family foundation) he has been a co-shareholder of the Fox&Fox Holding GmbH since April 11,2019.
The Fox&Fox Holding GmbH is the holding company that manages the companies of the corporate group.

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