Milestones

From village dairy to international food company
1896
Ludwig Müller founds a small village dairy in Aretsried
1938
The cheesemaker Alois Müller takes over the dairy
1970s
Theo Müller heads the dairy with 4 employees in 1971
1971
Nation-wide advertising campaigns and TV spots (including the legendary football star Gerd Müller, for example)
1972
Thanks to new techniques in milk processing and the establishment of a sales and distribution organization Müller ranks as the first dairy in Germany to embark on the nation-wide distribution of fresh milk products
1980s
Müller builds up its own logistics provider (the Culina haulage company) and cup production firm (Optipack)
1987
In 1987 Müller enters the markets in Great Britain
1992
In 1992 Müller builds up own production facility in Great Britain
1994
In the year 1994 Müller acquired Sachsenmilch AG, which has subsequently been developed into Europe’s most modern dairy
1995
In Italy, Müller has been active with a sales and distribution branch in Verona since 1995
1999
In 1999 Müller acquires the acid curd cheese dairy Loose. In the same year, the production of fruit compositions and mixtures for yoghurt is outsourced to Naturfarm GmbH
2000
In 2000 a consortium under the auspices of Molkerei Müller assumes the management of the traditional Molkerei Weihenstephan with its Premium Range in its characteristic white and blue packaging
2002
In 2002 Müller acquires the E. Rehkopf acid curd cheese dairy founded in 1920
2003
The Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller GmbH & Co. KG is founded in 2003 as the Group’s holding
2004
In 2004 the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller acquires the license rights for Nestlé fresh milk products and Cadbury Desserts in Great Britain and also takes over the Almhof brand in the Netherlands
2005
Acquisition of Nordsee fish restaurant chain through Heiner Kamps
2007
Foundation of the HK Food Group through Heiner Kamps with Theo Müller as minority shareholder as a convenience food specialist company. Nordsee incorporated as branch business area and Homann as gourmet market/dressings business area
2007
Expansion of HK Food through the takeover of the Hamker Group and incorporation into the gourmet market/dressings business area
2008
Expansion of HK Food through the takeover of the Hamker Group and incorporation into the gourmet market/dressings business area
2008
In 2008 Müller launches its products on the markets in Israel, the Czech Republic and Romania
2008
In 2008 Müller shares in the Czech dairy Mlékárna Pragolaktos increased from 51% (2005) to 76%
2009
Takeover of the Walter Rau Lebensmittelwerke dressings business and incorporation into Homann. Expansion of brand item business in the gourmet market/dressings business area
2009
In 2009 Müller launches its products on the market in Poland
2010
In 2010 Acquisition of all remaining shares in Mlékarna Pragolaktos and Weihenstephan
2010
Theo Müller becomes majority shareholder at HK Food
2010
Takeover of the North Europe business area of English Group Uniq by Homann. This includes Nadler Feinkost, Pfennigs Feinkost, Thüringer Fischfeinkost Gebrüder Hopf and Polish Lisner
2011
In 2011 Investment of around 70 million Euros in a new whey processing facility at the Leppersdorf site
2011
Homann takes over Weser Feinkost and Rügen Feinkost
2011
Foundation of Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s. as holding with HQ in Luxembourg with Heiner Kamps taking responsibility as CEO of the Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller
2013
Müller takes over the Minsterley facility in Shropshire where Cadbury chilled desserts are made, which Müller sells under licence from Cadbury
2013
Müller Dairy takes over the state of the art yogurt production facility in Telford, Shropshire, from Nom Dairy UK Ltd. which will provide a platform for Müller Dairy to develop its presence in the UK private label yogurt market
2013
Opening of the new butter plant at Müller Dairy in Market Drayton, Shropshire
2014
Commissioning of the company’s own power plant with combined gas and steam turbine process at the Leppersdorf site to provide energy production for the site’s supply
2015
Acquisition of Dairy Crest's dairy business by Müller UK & Ireland. Müller Wiseman Dairies and Dairy Crest’s dairy operations are brought together to create a new organisation called Müller Milk & Ingredients
2016
Culina Group (UK) acquires Great Bear Distribution Limited
2016
Lisner acquires Nordfish-Foodmark Sp.zo.o. with the brand Polarica, a fish processing company located in Charzyno, near Kolobrzeg, in Poland
2017
Commissioning of the new whey processing facility Molke V in Leppersdorf. With this 200 million Euro investment, Sachsenmilch Milk & Whey Ingredients unlocks further markets in the field of babyfood