CULTIVATE TRADITION,
LIVE INNOVATION

Lambertz was founded in 1688 and since then has followed the motto "Cultivate tradition, live innovation". Thanks to the good reputation of the traditional Lambertz brand and our spirit of innovation, we have been able to develop from a regional supplier to an international cookie group. The takeover by Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker marked the beginning of a new era for Lambertz: Since 1978, Lambertz sales have risen from DM 16 million to 666 million euros.

We have expanded our product range and now produce much more than just Printen and autumn and Christmas cookies. With new, trendy products, we also create year-round treats. With this strategy we continue to look to the future with optimism. Follow our path in the chronological table from a small niche supplier for Printen to one of the leading German manufacturers of long-life baked goods.

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Our history

Today

2018

666 million Euro annual turnover

Award as "German Superbrand 2018/2019
(Superbrands Germany)

2017

654.5 million Euro annual turnover

Partner of the Fairtrade Cocoa Programme 2017

Award as "German Superbrand 2017/2018
(Superbrands Germany)

2016

651 million Euro annual turnover

2015

620 million Euro annual turnover

Acquisition of the Nuremberg gingerbread and long-life bakery products factory ifri Schuhmann GmbH & Co. KG (1938), the Wendler Nougat GmbH & Co. KG (1906) in Nuremberg and DOK Süsswaren (Hits for Kids)

Second entry in the "Lexicon of German world market leaders" (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2014

585 million Euro annual turnover

Majority interest in Dr. Quendt GmbH & Co. KG (1991)

Entry in the " Lexicon of German world market leaders "
(Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2013

325th anniversary

Third award of the Bundesehrenpreis in Gold (Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection)

1st place in the top group of the oldest German companies with a leading global position in their segment (Wirtschaftswoche)

One of the 500 largest German family businesses (Wirtschaftsblatt)

2012

Acquisition of Sadex Zuckerwarenfabrik GmbH in Winnenden by Top Sweets GmbH

Investment in Top Sweets GmbH from Nordkirchen

Award as "German Superbrand 2012" (Superbrands Germany)

Second award as "Brand of the Century" (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

"Global market leader for autumn and Christmas cookies" (State of North Rhine-Westphalia)

2011

Entry in the volume "100 reputable German Companies" (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2010

536.3 million euros annual turnover

Entry in the "Lexicon of German global market leaders" (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2009

Awarded  the "Brand of the Century" prize (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2007

Foundation of Henry Lambertz Inc. in the USA

2006

Entry in the volume "The best of Germany - 250 reasons to love our country" (Publishing house Deutsche Standards Editionen)

2005

436 million Euro annual turnover

2004

Inclusion in the group of the most successful family businesses in Germany (IMPULSE)

2001

Acquisition of the marzipan and chocolate goods factory Otto Scharschmidt GmbH in Alzenau by Otten GmbH & Co. KG

2000

DM 625 million annual turnover

1999

Acquisition of the traditional brands Wilhelm Kinkartz GmbH & Co. KG (1872) including the production facilities in Würselen and Vereinigte Nürnberger Lebkuchen- und Schokoladenfabrik Haeberlein-Metzger AG (1598)

1998

Foundation of Lambertz Polonia Sp. z o.o. in Poland

Awarded the "Goldene Zuckerhut" (Lebensmittel Zeitung)

1994

Acquisition of Max Weiss Lebkuchenfabrik Neu-Ulm GmbH (1925) and Ferdinand Wolff GmbH & Co. KG (1839)

1989

Acquisition of Heemann Lebkuchen- und Süßwaren-Spezialitäten GmbH (1839)

1988

Participation in Otten GmbH & Co. KG (1988) in Erkelenz

1978

Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker becomes Managing Director of Lambertz

1975

Acquisition of F.A. Crux GmbH & Co. KG (1895)

1963

Construction of a new production facility on the outskirts of Aachen

1938

Development of the Saftprinte

1872

Development of Schokoladenprinte, the first German cookies with chocolate coating

1871

Foundation of the steam chocolate factory Henry Lambertz, the first mechanical print production

1860

Henry Lambertz takes over the bakery “zur Sonne” at Markt 7, in Aachen

1831

Development of the Kräuterprinte by Johann Werner Lambertz

FOUNDATION 1688