Grafschafter Produkte

The history of our family company

Natural sweet specialties for over 100 years


The Grafschafter Krautfabrik has existed for a very long time: we have been producing our natural specialities with pride and passion for over 115 years. Sugar beet has been the cornerstone of our success, but the beginnings of our family company were however, in another business.

This video shows just how much passion and commitment go into our products.

Our family business

 

 

1893 Josef Schmitz builds a brick factory in a field in Meckenheim near Bonn. In 1904 he starts producing sugar beet syrup as a by-product of the existing agricultural operations.
1920 His son Albert Schmitz joins the factory and turns the company into a limited company. The production of sugar beet syrup is increased under his leadership, and up to 1955 even the wooden barrels used for filling at that time were manufactured in-house.
1953 The sugar beet syrup is packaged in the now famous yellow cup to make the product stand out from the other jams and spreads on the shelves. It is also used as a light alternative to the heavy jam jars and buckets that are filled up in the shop itself. The sugar beet syrup is now available in food stores beyond the borders of Meckenheim.
1968 Dr. Ernst Franceschini becomes the new Managing Director of the company.
1972 Albert Schmitz turns the growing company into a limited partnership and his son-in-law, Dr. Ernst Franceschini, becomes the general partner.
1973 Albert Schmitz dies, and Dr. Ernst Franceschini becomes the sole Managing Director.
1974 Joint venture agreements are signed with companies in Belgium and Hamburg, and the product range is extended.
1976 The acquisition of the largest German apple spread manufacturer, the company Land in Herchen in the Rhein-Sieg region.
1990 The liquid industrial sugar mixtures division is established, and another production plant is acquired in Aldenhoven specialising in the manufacture of organic sugar beet syrup.
1993 The Grafschafter Krautfabrik expands and acquires the Dutch firm Frumarco BV with factories in Beek and Beesel. It also gains shares in the HZR, the Hanseatic Sugar Refinery in Hamburg.
1995 Brick production is finally discontinued, and the ring kiln is demolished.
2004

Grafschafter and the apple and sugar beet manufacturer Spelten from Wegberg and the Koppers syrup factory found the "Schutzgemeinschaft Rheinischer Zuckerrübensirup / Rheinisches Apfelkraut" (The protective association for Rhenish sugar beet syrup / Rhenish apple spread”. The protective association was designed to protect and preserve the Rhenish geographical indication of origin for sugar beet syrup and apple spread.

Stefan Franceschini joins the company management on 1st August of the same year, representing the fourth generation of the family.
2008 “Schutzgemeinschaft Rheinischer Zuckerrübensirup / Rheinisches Apfelkraut” makes its debut at the “Green Week” in Berlin. The Grafschafter Krautfabrik unveils the new brand strapline “Grafschafter. This is our nature”.
2009 The company increases its photovoltaic system to 310 kWp to exploit the use of alternative energy. This corresponds to a supply of alternative energy into the public grid of roughly 280,000 kWh a year and an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 165,480kg.
2010 The packaging of the full Grafschafter range is redesigned and three new Grafschafter Gourmet fruit spreads also expand the selection of products in the premium range. The Grafschafter Krautfabrik is also awarded the Clean Tech certification.
2012 The Rhenish sugar beet syrup and Rhenish apple spread receive the European certification label “protected geographical indication” or “PGI”.
2013 The Grafschafter Krautfabrik achieves the IFS Food Version 6 certification.
2014 The export business for the new and existing foreign brands is further increased.

2015 A new website and new corporate video are unveiled; the new face of the Grafschafter Krautfabrik.
2016 Joining the association Bio Innovation Park Rheinland.

Josef Schmitz

Josef Schmitz

Albert Schmitz

Albert Schmitz

Dr. Ernst Franceschini

Dr. Ernst Franceschini

Dr. Ernst Franceschini

Stefan Franceschini

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