1825 Founding of the Business
Company founder Heinrich Coppenrath (the first) started the country bakery Coppenrath in Geeste / Groß Hesepe in Emsland.
1890 Expansion of product line
The son, Heinrich (the second), expanded the bakery assortment by creating the legendary Coppenrath Honey Cake. Moreover, Heinrich (the third) started the production of zwieback. At the time, horse-drawn carriages supplied the nearby food stores.
1924 Intensification of business
Aloys Coppenrath (fourth generation) intensified the production of bread, zwieback and honey cake. The arrival of the first motorized trucks led to an expansion of the delivery radius, the production program now included sweets.
1942 Änne Coppenrath
Aloys Coppenrath had a tragic accident. His wife, Änne Coppenrath, continued to manage the firm through the difficult years of war.
1948 Franz Coppenrath
Due to the early death of his father, Franz Coppenrath (fifth generation) took over the parental business at the age of 19. Step by step the factory and oven facilities were modernized and expanded.
1962 Business realignment
Franz Coppenrath and his wife Ursula decided to leave behind the country bakehouse and take the next step toward a modern large-scale bakery. Taking high entrepreneurial risks, they constructed a new modern factory building. The wholesale supply was extended to the entire German market.
1968 Distribution of sweets
Franz Coppenrath realized that there was a regional demand for wholesale sweets: The "sweets retailer Ems-Vechte” took up his commission. The first assortment consisted of 250 items. After the death of Franz Coppenrath his wife Ursula took over management of the firm, which today supplies all of Germany under the name “Naschwelt” (German: Nibble World).
Expansion of distribution activities abroad. Austria became the first important export market.
1978 The great fire
On August 27, 1978 the entire fabrication facility of Coppenrath burned out. Within only two hours, flames consumed the entire production facility, including raw materials and the supply storage. Due to the dedicated effort of the employees, a new factory building was raised in the record time of only two months.
Franz and Ursula Coppenrath opened up the Scrumptious Store "Knusperlädchen". Over the years Ursula Coppenrath, through her wholehearted commitment, expanded it into a flourishing factory outlet and café, giving it her own personal touch. In 2010, Ursula Coppenrath handed the Scrumptious Store over to her daughter Petra Coppenrath.
1997 Company succession
Franz Coppenrath died at the age of only 68 after a serious illness.
Andreas Coppenrath (sixth generation) took management over from him.
1998 Expansion of export activities
Under the leadership of Andreas Coppenrath the company successfully expanded its market position domestically as well as abroad. Coppenrath supplied fine pastries to over 50 countries worldwide.
2003 Logo revision
The company Coppenrath presented itself with a distinctly revised company logo and new packaging that combined a traditional and modern look in a stylish manner.
2004 First IFS certification
The Main Association of the German Retail Industry initiated this food -, quality - and safety standard. In 2004 Coppenrath, for the first time, submitted itself to be certified according to this standard.
2006 DLG: Price of the Best in Gold
Since then the quality standards that were, for the first time, certified in 2004 have been annually confirmed since then. Additionally, the company was awarded the “Price of the Best in Gold" (German: Preis der Besten in Gold). By awarding this prize, the DLG distinguishes companies that have earned the highest DLG distinctions by continuously proving their above-average quality for over 15 years.
2008 Opening Schulbäckerei
Opening of the training bakery named "Schulbäckerei" in Groß Hesepe. At the restored training bakery, the fabrication of continuously prepared baking goods in particular is explained to visitors who are interested in the baking trade. Additionally, it offers students an interesting opportunity for professional orientation.
2009 Packaging relaunch
Coppenrath redesigned the entire assortment in a completely new way. The noble and light design is characterized by a distinctively colorful or golden bow and, already at a first glance, shows the high quality standard of the Coppenrath products.
2010 Practical “Reseal it label”
As a further improvement a practical resealable lid was added to the house pastries packages, a so-called “Reseal it label”. This label enables the effortless opening of the foil on the upper side of the packaging along a prepunched contour and the subsequent airtight resealing. With this closing mechanism, Coppenrath met the often-stated demand of single - and small households for an easy-to-open and adequate unit.
2011 Paper cases
2014 Dedication new building
Within one year we built a second office building and a hall to extend our production. The hall includes 2.000 square meters and is used to expand the areas of storage and packaging. The subject of energy efficiency was especially emphasized in the construction of both buildings.
2012 Sustainable palm oil
Since 2012 Coppenrath is a member of the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil). The association is composed of different organizations (producers, traders, NGOs, etc.) and is committed to promote a sustainable production of palm oil and its use.
2015 Local Enterprise Award
The "Witschaftsverband Emsland e.V" awarded the family run company in the category "Social Commitment". Our employees deserve the highest appreciation, they are to the fore of all business activities. In addition to that, Andreas Coppenrath cares of a number of social projects in the community and more than regional.
2016 Quality brand Coppenrath
Coppenrath belongs with outstanding achievement to the three best quality brands in Germany. This is the result of a representative survey, regarding the view of consumers on the quality of german brands by the company "DEUTSCHLAND TEST".
We became from the country bakehouse to a modern bakery, which exports international. We are proud to get this positive feedback to our work. In the end, it is the quality that decides for the customer to come back and not the product!
Over 900 manufacturer brands, trademarks and umbrella brands in more than 100 product groups were examined in the study.