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Bringing family traditions and professionalism to niche markets
Boettger GruppeA strong union
The BOETTGER GRUPPE believes in diversification. Spearheaded by our parent company, Industrie- und Handelsunion Dr. Wolfgang Boettger GmbH & Co. KG (IHU), our family of legally and structurally independent, fully or partly owned, small and medium-sized companies operate a successful business portfolio that includes sugar, confectionery, logistics and real state. A new division was recently added by entering the health field.
Sugar & Ingredients
Boettger Food Ingredients
Boettger Middle East - Dubai
SZR - Spezialzucker-Raffinerie Lage (50%)
Marlep Tanklogistik (24%)
Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery
BG Immobilien Kolumbien
BG LABS SAS, Colombia
Hugo Boettger lays the foundation stone for today’s Boettger Group
Our industrial tradition is born when Hugo Boettger joins the Praust sugar factory near Danzig. The city’s three sugar factories Praust, Neuteich and Sobbowitz then merge to form an association, the “Vereinigte Zuckerfabriken”, and the Boettger family take a majority stake.
Dr Wolfgang Boettger becomes commercial director of the “Vereinigte Zuckerfabriken Danzig”
Expansion into milling
After the death of Hugo Boettger, Dr Wolfgang Boettger becomes sole director. The company expands by acquiring three mills – the “Victoria-Mühlenwerke”, the “Humboldt-Mühle” and the “Berliner Dampfmühle” – and several warehouses in Berlin.
Acquisition of the “Rheinkies-Baggerei Wesel”, a sand and gravel dredger on the Lower Rhine supplying the construction industry with aggregates
A new group takes shape revolving around “sugar”
A new group of businesses now takes shape with diverse core operations. “All about sugar”: commitment to the sugar trade is revitalised by companies operating in the domestic and international markets. Acquisition of the “Norddeutsche Zucker-Raffinerie”. Sugar refining makes way for a pioneering commitment to liquid sugar production based on molasses.
Cooperation with “Nestlé”
Teaming up with the food manufacturer “Nestlé”, a partnership is launched in Frellstedt to isolate glutamate, betaines and amino acids, mostly to supply the pharmaceutical industry (Amino GmbH).
Sugar operations diversify and a “Logistics” division is created
Creation of a joint venture with “Pfeifer & Langen” to produce liquid sugar from crystals in Lage/Lippe.
“Nestlé” leaves the joint venture and “Nordzucker” takes over as the new partner in Frellstedt.
Divestment of milling operations
Expansion of transport and logistics with several acquisitions
The Group grows with the purchase of “Cavendish & Harvey Confectionery” in Kaltenkirchen near Hamburg.
The “Real Estate” division is founded: development of old industrial sites in Berlin once used for milling and storage.
The “BOETTGER GRUPPE” is born. The old “Industrie- und Handelsunion” is restyled and becomes the group holding company. The “BOETTGER GRUPPE” is now an official brand.
Consolidation with concentration on the core operations of Group businesses. Withdrawal from sand and gravel dredging on the Lower Rhine.
Sugar operations are restructured. The partnership with “Nordzucker” is revamped and the Frellstedt site closes.
Expansion of the “Logistics” division
A depot and office complex for the freight and sugar businesses are built in Braunschweig, logistic services expand with a facility to clean tanker interiors and Puratec GmbH is founded
Cooperation with Nordzucker AG intensifies
The long-established cooperation with Nordzucker AG of Braunschweig is now stepped up. The BOETTGER GROUP takes a 30% stake in the liquid sugar factories in Nordstemmen and Gross Munzel.
The freight business expands. Takeover of the hauliers Laabs GmbH to boost the portfolio in food freight services
The Boettger Group gears up for the future
Long-haul freight operations are acquired by Marlep Tanklogistik GmbH, with the Boettger Group taking a 24% stake. Two former companies, the sugar distributor “ZVG” and the sugar trading union “ZHU”, pool their activities to form Boettger Food Ingredients GmbH. The ingredients business broadens to include nuts and dried fruit.
Launch of the “Health” division
The “Health” division is launched with a licensed producer in Colombia and the construction of a facility to grow and process cannabis for medical purposes.
Boettger GroupResponsible together
The BOETTGER GROUP philosophy attaches great importance to respecting solid economic principles and corporate ethics. Responsible dealings with clients, suppliers, employees, shareholders, the advisory board, the general public and the environment are the keystone in the conduct of everyone working for BOETTGER GROUP companies.
The BOETTGER GROUP is, moreover, a family of companies who prioritise sustainable operations as an integral factor of responsible management. Today, we remain firmly committed to the principle of “professionalism with tradition”.
CORPORATE PHILOSOPHYOUR VALUES
Our strong values form the orientation framework for our thoughts and actions. They help us to live up to our responsibility towards our employees, our customers and our business partners.
- We stand for appreciation: Through attentiveness, respect and interest in our relationships with each other or with third parties, we create trust – with our employees, our customers and our business partners. For us, tolerance and acceptance towards everyone are an elementary part of appreciation, within our companies and externally too.
- We believe in transparency: By this we mean reliability, honesty and openness in our relationships with each other. We also practice transparency in the relationship between our subsidiaries and affiliated companies: it helps us to demonstrate, understand and control processes and facts in an optimal way.
- We promote and demand personal responsibility through the willingness to feel responsible for one’s actions, but also through the obligation to consciously take responsibility for one’s own actions or even inactions.