Our history

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1934

The family-run company Pektin-Fabrik Hermann Herbstreith KG is founded 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

The company relocates to Neuenbürg in the state of Baden-Württemberg to utilise the benefits of this location, including water, improved supply of raw materials and proximity to customers.

1948

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

Photos Hermann Herbstreith and Erwin Herbstreith
Photos: Hermann Herbstreith (l.), Erwin Herbstreith (r.)
Photo Erwin Herbstreith und
Gerhard F. Fox
Photo: Erwin Herbstreith (l.),
Gerhard F. Fox (r.)

1975

Gerhard F. Fox, the current Chairman and General Partner, joins the company as the Director of Technical Services and Sales.

1980

Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH is founded, marking the company’s first step towards expanding its interests.

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

1987

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

1990

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

Herbasweet
Photo: Herbasweet
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1991

Chairman Erwin Herbstreith goes into well-deserved retirement and remains a limited partner in the company.  Gerhard F. Fox becomes Chairman of the entire Herbstreith & Fox Group.

The organisation is restructured and the name changed to Herbstreith & Fox KG. A new company logo is introduced for the entire H&F company group.

1993

Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH relocates to Werder/Havel, the location of Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder.

1994

Introduction of a quality management system in line with ISO 9001 / EN 29001.

1997

The H&F corporate group launches a website.

Logo Herbafood

1998

Erwin Herbstreith leaves the company as a limited partner on 31 December, 1998 at the age of 86.

2000

The name of Herbafood Nahrungsmittel GmbH is changed to Herbafood Ingredients GmbH. This change reflects the company’s growing international reach and its increasing importance on the global market.

2002

Senior partner Erwin Herbstreith passes away on August 20, 2002 at the age of 89.

2005

25 years — Herbafood Ingredients GmbH

The company acquires the neighbouring property in Werder to expand the site and build an H&F logistics centre for the entire H&F Group.

Aerial photo of the H&F Group in Werder (HAvel)
Photo: Aerial photo of the site Werder (Havel)

2006

The Herbstreith & Fox company group introduces a common quality management system for the organisation in line with ISO 9001 / recertification.

2008

The name of Herbstreith & Fox GmbH Pektin-Fabrik Werder is changed to Herbstreith & Fox GmbH. Andreas Bernhardt is appointed as an additional manager of Herbstreith & Fox GmbH, Werder.

2009

On 1 January, 2009, the newly founded H&F subsidiary agro FOOD SOLUTION GMBH takes over the animal nutrition product line of Herbafood Ingredients GmbH.

Herbstreith & Fox celebrates 75 successful years in business.

Herbafood Ingredients GmbH unveils the herba cuisine brand.

2011

Introduction of an energy management system at Herbstreith & Fox GmbH in Werder.

The herba cuisine product line of Herbafood Ingredients GmbH launches BASIC textur, a purely plant-based texturiser with a neutral taste and colour.

75 years Herbstreith & Fox
75 years Herbstreith & Fox
BASIC textur
Photo: BASIC textur

2014

Introduction of the Food Safety System Certification Standard (FSSC 22000) at Herbstreith & Fox KG Pektin-Fabriken, Herbstreith & Fox GmbH and Herbafood Ingredients GmbH.

2015

Introduction of an energy management system at Herbstreith & Fox KG in Neuenbürg.

Herbstreith & Fox GmbH in Werder celebrates its 25-year anniversary.

2016

Herbafood Ingredients GmbH presents the ApfelCholest brand.

2017

The herba cuisine product line of Herbafood Ingredients GmbH launches an innovative dry texturiser called BASIC dry.

Product packing ApfelCholest

2018

Acquisition of Riske GmbH Food Ingredients, Additives and Food Technological Processing-Consulting by the H&F corporate group.

2019

Sven Fox, son of Gerhard F. Fox, is appointed as an additional manager of the H&F corporate group.

The continually expanding group presents itself to the market as the international H&F Group with its own identity, establishing itself as a strong, competent partner to the global food industry.

Photo Gerhard F. Fox and Sven Fox
Photo: Gerhard F. Fox (l.), Sven Fox (r.)
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