Milestones

Here the development of the Oetker Group can be traced with the aid of many milestones which, drawn from all business fields, provide insight into the decisive moments in the history of this group of companies.

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The pharmacist, Dr. August Oetker, lays the foundation for the company Dr. Oetker with the development of the baking powder Backin.

The first Dr. Oetker company building on Lutterstraße in Bielefeld (Germany).

Chemische Fabrik Budenheim is founded in 1908 and taken over by the Oetker company. Its head office is located in Budenheim on the Rhine (Germany).

The Dr. August Oetker company acquires an interest in Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft, which was sold at the end of 2017.

Rudolf-August Oetker acquires the luxury hotel Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden (Germany).

The founder’s grand-son, Rudolf-August Oetker (1916–2007) takes over the management of the family business and continuously opens new divisions.

Bankhaus Lampe, founded in Minden, East Westphalia (Germany) in 1852, moves into the ownership of Rudolf-August Oetker. He relocates the firm’s headquarters to Bielefeld. Today the company is one of the leading, independent private banks.

The foundation stone for today’s Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Division is laid with the acquisition of Bank für Brauindustrie. This bank has majority shareholdings in Frankfurt, Berlin and Dortmund breweries, which are expanded and to which subsidiaries are added. The acquisition of the Radeberger Pilsener beer brand after German reunification subsequently gave the new name, Radeberger Gruppe, to the brewing group, which had long traded as the Binding Group.

Acquisition of Söhnlein Rheingold Sektkellerei. Today’s international Henkell & Co. Group was formed through the later merger with Henkell & Co.

Founding of the logistics company Roland Transport.

Acquistion of the Hôtel du Cap - Eden Roc in Antibes on the Côte d'Azur (France).

Hotel Le Bristol Paris acquired (France).

Dr. h. c. August Oetker becomes General Partner of Dr. August Oetker KG and Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Oetker GmbH. He focuses the companies of the Oetker Group on core sectors and successfully drives internationalization.

Takeover of the food company Martin Braun, a leading manufacturer of baking ingredients, which later becomes the Martin Braun Group.

Acquisition of the hotel Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Vence (France).

Founding of Oetker Daten- und Informationsverarbeitung, OEDIV for short, which is active in the IT sector.

Founding of the Oetker Hotel Management Company (OHMC), which specializes in the management of unique, externally owned hotels.

Richard Oetker takes over from his brother August. He has been a member of the Executive Board of Dr. Oetker GmbH since 1996. His successes include the establishment of the eastern European markets since the mid-1990s.

Acquisition of Conditorei Coppenrath & Wiese, the leading German manufacturer of frozen gateaux and cakes.

Founding of the company Oetker Digital, which supports the Oetker Group moving into the future with digital innovations and business models.

The former Chief Financial Officer of the Oetker Group, Dr. Albert Christmann, succeeds Richard Oetker in Group Management and as Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. August Oetker Nahrungsmittel KG.

Since 1 January 2019, the Spanish-German alliance Henkell Freixenet creates the world’s leading sparkling wine group.

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Short film about the Oetker-Group

Short film presentation of the various business divisions.

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