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History

of the H&F Corporate Group


1934

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.


1938

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.

 


1948

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


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

 

1967

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

 

 

 

 

 

1975

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

 

 



1980

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

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


1984

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

 

1985/86

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

1986

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

1987

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

1990

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.

1991

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.


1992

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.

1993

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

1994

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.

1996

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

1997

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

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


1998

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.

1999

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.

2000

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.

2002

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.

DIN EN ISO 9001
Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder integrated in certification in December 2002

Re-Design of the H&F website.

2003

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.

2004

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.

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

Release of the new H&F Website.

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

2008

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.

2009

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.

2011

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

2012

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.

2014

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).

2015

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

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.

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