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Hochland history

Hochland ‒ 90 years of passion for cheese

Our company celebrated a company anniversary in 2017. We have compiled some milestones of our eventful history here. Have fun traveling through 90 years of Hochland!

1927
1927
Two brothers-in-law have an idea: Together, Georg Summer and Robert Reich found the Hochland cheese factory in Goßholz near Lindenberg. Their plan is to produce processed cheese. As for the raw material they need for their production, there is enough cheese available in their home region Allgäu.
1928
1928
It is only a few months later that they extend their product range. In addition to the 2-kilo block, they start to produce processed cheese portions in round and semi-round boxes. The round box is still one of the "classics" in the assortment today.
1931
1931
The crisis of the hat industry means an opportunity for the two young entrepreneurs: They buy a former hat factory and move production to Heimenkirch. The company headquarters is still located in Heimenkirch today.
1942
1942
Merger of Hochland and the canning factory Fuchs. The company owners - Georg Summer, Robert Reich and Franz Fuchs - share the same pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for the joint venture.
1956
1956
Hochland is growing, and so does the space required: In order to establish a packaging department for natural cheese slices and chunks, the factory building has to be expanded. - It will not be the last time.
1968
1968
Exporting cheese from the Allgäu region to France, the country renowned in the world for its large variety of cheese specialties - why not? With their own trade company Hochland France, the next generation of entrepreneurs is taking the first step abroad.
1970
1970
Enthusiastic about the new technology, the Hochland management establishes in Heimenkirch the most modern computer-controlled storage system of that time, working according to the “First-in-first out” principle.
1974
1974
As the world market does not offer the special machinery that Hochland needs, inventive Hochland employees build their own machines. In 1974, this results in the founding of the engineering company Natec.
1975
1975
After a construction period of two years, a new production site is put into operation in Heimenkirch. It offers 7,000 square meters of production space and as much storage space.
1978
1978
The acquisition of two Camembert cheese dairies in France brings ”soft cheese know-how” into the company.
1981
1981
Hochland continue their expansion in Southern Europe: Since 1981 the cheese manufacturer has a subsidiary in Spain.
1988
1988
Hochland is not only growing abroad: in 1988, the company acquires two cheese dairies in Schongau and Steingaden from the “Erstes Bayerisches Butterwerk” cooperative.
1993
1993
At an early stage, Hochland recognize the business opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe. The founding of the subsidiary of Hochland Polska is the starting signal. Two years later, production begins in Kaźmierz.
1995
1995
Hochland is the first company in the dairy industry in Germany to be certified according to the EU Eco Audit Regulation (EMAS) - long before sustainability became a catchword.
1997
1997
In Schongau, a state-of-the-art cheese factory for white cheese and cream cheese is being built on a green-field site. It is the home of our brands Almette and Patros
1998
1998
The business “adventure” in Central and Eastern Europe continues: Hochland found a subsidiary in Romania and take over a production site in Sighisoara. The city in Transylvania is famous for its picturesque old town.
1999
1999
Hochland becomes a stock corporation (AG), but remains a family business owned by the three founding families.

Hochland România is growing by the acquisition of another cheese factory in Sovata.
2000
2000
The Russian market is initially supplied from Germany. Since October 2000 Hochland processed cheese is produced in RAOS near Moscow. In 2003 Hochland’s own, newly built factory is put into operation.
2003
2003
Leave or stay? Hochland decides against a new building in the open countryside and commits itself to the Heimenkirch site: with an investment of more than 40 million euros, the plant is being converted into a high-performance production facility for processed cheese.
2007
2007
The German brand business is now managed by the newly founded Hochland Deutschland GmbH.
In the same year, the “Hochlanders” move into a new administration building in Heimenkirch.
2008
2008
The feedback of our employees is important to us: In 2008, Hochland participates in the "Great Place to Work" survey for the first time and is immediately voted one of the 100 best employers in Germany.
2009
2009
Grünländer's "green soul" perfectly complements the Hochland brand portfolio. Hochland take over the hard and semi-hard cheese brand from the Bechtel group.
2010
2010
From now on, Hochland is a "real" European: Hochland AG now operates as Hochland SE (Societas Europaea).

In the Great Place to Work survey, Hochland is once again honored as a model in terms of corporate culture and employee orientation.
2011
2011
It's done: the entire Grünländer production is switched to "GMO-free" production - after extensive preparation and in close cooperation with the farmers.
2012
2012
Almette and Hochland cream cheese for the Russian market are now produced in Russia: Hochland have converted a former yoghurt plant in Prokhorovka for the production of cream cheese.
2013
2013
Gervais is the youngest member of the Hochland brand family in Germany - with its two products, cottage cheese and quark with herbs.
2014
2014
Hochland Deutschland GmbH participates in the nationwide Great Place to Work survey for the third time and again achieves a place in the leaderboard. A total of 580 companies of all industries, sizes and regions had applied for the award.
2015
2015
Two new pillars provide the basis for further growth of Hochland Natec: A service company is being created in the important US market.

In Australia, Natec takes over Gold Peg. Their innovative processed cheese cookers fit perfectly into the Natec portfolio.
2017
2017
Growth on two Continents: In January, Hochland acquire US cream cheese manufacturer Franklin Foods Inc.

With the acquisition of a cheese factory in Belinsky, Russia, Hochland succeeds in entering the hard and semi-hard cheese market.
2018
2018
Hochland is once again playing a pioneering role, together with the milk suppliers of the Schongau plant: they are doing without non-selective herbicides such as glyphosate and fermentation substrates from certain biogas plants. The latter may contain micro plastic that the cows could eat with the feed.