Passion since 1909
A look back at the beginnings to the present day. Passion, tradition, innovation and sustainability have always been terms that are inextricably linked with Elsdorfer.
In 1907, Elsdorf farmer Paul Reichert set up a small private business to market dairy products. In May 1909, he sold the company to 45 farmers from the region. This marked the birth of the Elsdorf Dairy Co-operative - the beginning of our successful company history.
In Elsdorf, the quality of regional milk has always been of great importance. In 1909, the year the company was founded, around 260,000 litres of milk were delivered. By 1930, Elsdorfer was already processing more than 2.8 million litres of milk. Today, more than 200 million litres of milk are processed in our production facilities every year.
1939 - 1948
Marked by war
In August 1939, a modern building with advanced facilities was erected on a plot of 5,100 square metres, which is still part of our company premises today. However, the buildings suffered considerable destruction in April 1945 during the Second World War.
Reconstruction began in 1948 thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Elsdorf farmers. With this remarkable commitment, they opened a new and successful chapter in the history of our company.
Elsdorfer's number of employees is growing continuously
The development of our company from a small dairy after the end of the war to a significant medium-sized company is clearly illustrated by the number of employees: in 1946 there were only 9 employees who made the new start possible, in 1970 there were already 30 people and today over 400 people are employed at Elsdorfer.
Sustainable through trout farming
Creativity, innovation and sustainability have always been core values at Elsdorfer - and that has always been our aspiration. For this reason, we started trout farming in 1978. This initiative was not only innovative, but also sustainable, as we were able to utilise the waste heat from the dairy effectively.
Fish farming was only discontinued two decades later for space reasons. New filling machines for dairy production were installed in place of the large water basins.
Potato processing - our way into the world of delicatessen
In 1986, another creative idea became reality: the founding of Kartoffelverwertungsgesellschaft mbH. With this step, we pursued the goal of utilising other agricultural raw materials from our region in addition to milk. This laid the foundation for our wide range of delicatessen products, consisting of salads, fresh dressings, dips and sauces.
Elsdorfer is part of the Bauer Group
Following the reorganisation of the former Elsdorfer Molkereigenossenschaft dairy cooperative into a public limited company, the Bauer family acquired a significant stake in the newly founded Heideblume Molkerei Elsdorf-Rotenburg AG in 2007. Today, we are a wholly owned subsidiary within the expanding Bauer Group.
100 years of Elsdorfer
Big company anniversary: 100 years of passion, innovation and sustainability
"My Q" - pioneer in the high protein segment
With the "My Q" brand, Elsdorfer is one of the pioneers in the high protein segment in 2015. The innovative MeinQ dairy range conquers the chiller cabinets and, with growing success, the range later includes quark, yoghurt and pudding products.
"Life is soyummy" - The plant-based yoghurt alternative based on soya
Inspired by the megatrend of plant-based substitute products, Elsdorfer introduced plant-based yoghurt alternatives based on soya under the "Life is soyummy" brand for the first time in 2018.
A passion for private label
Our promise for the future: to constantly surprise with new, innovative products of the highest quality! Because we specialise in individual and customer-specific private label concepts, we can now pick up on and implement market trends and customer requirements even faster.