WE ARE

HOCHWALD

WE ARE A

COOPERATIVE

As a cooperative company, we have made it our goal to process milk supplied by our agricultural shareholders and market it with the greatest possible value creation. Hochwald endeavours to fulfil the needs of customers to their highest satisfaction. We commit ourselves to producing in accordance with consumer protection, hygiene, environmental protection and economic principles. In order to produce with consistently high quality, we have established a quality management system that is regularly checked by external accredited institutions. As a food producer, we uphold the principle of sustainability.

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WE ARE

HOCHWALD 

Hochwald produces high-quality dairy products for people around the world.As a company founded on cooperation, we have been pursuing long-term strategies since 1932 and strive to improve ourselves each and every day.

Hochwald Foods GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of the cooperative Hochwald Milch eG, based in Thalfang/Hunsrück.Acting with fairness and sustainability in mind is our shared goal. Our cooperative’s Executive Board and Supervisory Board are composed of voluntary farmers.

WE ARE MILK

SPECIALISTS

We have made it our goal to become an international, market-oriented milk specialist. With ever-advancing processes and changing circumstances, we rely on our greatest strengths: our cooperative members and our employees.

Our employees transform milk into a varied and high-quality product range at the various locations. This includes classics like condensed milk, long-life milk and drinking milk, as well as spray cream, quark, fresh cream and long-life cream, plus yoghurt and desserts, cheese and demineralised whey powder.

 

1,882Employees
2,884Hochwald milk suppliers
1.53MRD € Total annual turnover
2.19 BN kg annual quantitiy of milk
703,9MIO € Export milk products
3,590Cooperative members
1932Start of history
8Production sites
1932

Foundation of the cooperative Erbeskopf eG in Thalfang. Start of butter production.

 

1935

Start of coffee cream and sour cream production for marketing in the region, as well as evaporated milk production. (1935 – 1938)

 

1953

Foundation of the subsidiary Hochwald-Milchwerke GmbH.

 

1954

Construction of a can plant for the production of evaporated milk in Thalfang (1954 – 1955).

 

1963

Start of slaughterhouse operations at the location in Thalfang.

 

1986

Merger with Pfalzmilch eG and acquisition of the site in Kaiserslautern.

 

2001

Merger with Eifelperle Milch eG, Hillesheim, with the site in Erftstadt and renaming the cooperative to Erbeskopf Eifelperle eG.

 

2003

Acquisition of the evaporated milk/fresh milk products unit in Weiding with the brands Bärenmarke and Glücksklee.

 

2003

Acquisition of the site in Lüneberg with the brand LÜNEbest.

 

2003

Concentration of milk processing at the production site in Thalfang following the closure of the meat plant.

 

2005

Merger with Starmilch eG in Fulda. This merger saw the Hesse-based plants Hünfeld and Hungen join the company.

 

2006

Purchase of the export brand Bonny as well as the plant in Bolsward, Netherlands.

 

2011

Adoption of the future concept “Higher value creation through internationalisation and growth” and expansion of strategic, value-creating business fields.

 

2012

Foundation of the distribution company AHL Distribution S.A. together with the cooperative Societé Laitière de Recogne S.A.  in order to distribute products of both companies in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

 

2012

Renaming of Erbeskopf Eifelperle eG and Hochwald Nahrungsmittel-Werke GmbH to Hochwald Milch eG and Hochwald Foods GmbH.

 

2012

Foundation of the distribution company Hochwald Foods DMCC in Dubai.

 

2015

Adoption of the 2020 strategy.

2016

Opening of the Hünfeld drying plant.

 

2019

Ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new dairy plant in Mechernich – one of the largest investment projects in the company’s history.

 

SUPPLIERS 

Our success is based on the high quality of our products. As a producer of food for daily consumption, it is our goal to fulfil the needs of our customers as best as possible. We are therefore looking for strong partners who can support us sustainably. We expect the utmost technical competence, flexibility and reliability from our suppliers and service providers.

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