Promoting sustainable cocoa cultuvation in Sierra Leone

Many of the cocoa beans used in our organic chocolate come from Sierra Leone in West Africa. The country is about the same size as Ireland, and cocoa is an important source of income. So that it can stay that way, we support local initiatives.

Our subsidiary HERZA Schokolade together with the partner Tradin Organic makes a direct contribution to environment-friendly cultivation with the Farmer Field Schools and the operation of tree nurseries. In Field School courses, cocoa farmers learn how to combine good harvests with sustainability. We also help with the reforestation of shade trees in cocoa plantations, to prevent erosion, improve soil quality and bind CO². Thus, we help cocoa growers gain a stable income.

Inventor of the first chocolate muesli on the market, developer of unique chocolate pieces – HERZA is part of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe and an expert in innovative solutions.

6/12/2022
Promoting sustainable cocoa cultuvation in Sierra Leone

Oops… we did it again: XLETIX 2022 Challenge

Our team laughs off even mud, rain and cold. And there was plenty of that at this year’s challenge. At the beach in Grömitz on the Baltic, the 12 participants had to dig deep within themselves, because the obstacle course was nothing if not extreme. “On the sloped climbing wall some people turned into the Hulk and pulled others up,” said Linda Eitelberger, Product Manager at Hydrosol and Planteneers.

“𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥”
A contestant is only as strong as the team – and everybody showed real team spirit. The up to 20 kilometres of distance and 35 obstacles could only be mastered together and with agility and flexibility. This is something that initiator Paulo Canelas values: “For us as a family company, teamwork and collaboration are very important. XLETIX really encourages the feeling of being in it together, so we encourage everyone to participate in the event who wants to.”

11/10/2022
XLETIX 2022 Challenge

Stars shine in Wittenburg: Spanish sounds from Leipzig

For the 12th time the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival has graced the region. This year again we supported the festival financially, and invited partners from the private and public sectors, as well as employees, to an almost otherworldly concert. The Amarcord vocal ensemble gave listeners in the packed Bartholomäus church in Wittenburg goosebumps. These five exceptional singers from Leipzig, all former members of the Thomaner Choir, harmonize so perfectly that they sound like a single vocal instrument, yet cover the range of an entire orchestra. Together with selected instrumentalists, they presented gripping and beautiful interpretations of Spanish Renaissance music, to well-deserved standing ovations from the audience.

Before the concert we received our guests in our FlourWorld Museum. Art is especially important to company founder Volkmar Wywiol. “Flour and art are two staples, and we’re proud to make a contribution to both.” A commitment to art and culture in the region has a long tradition at the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe. “We see our support as a thank-you to the people here. As an employer we feel an obligation to the community that goes beyond the individuals who work for us,” said CEO Torsten Wywiol.

2/9/2022
Stars shine in Wittenburg: Spanish sounds from Leipzig

150 years of good taste: A pioneer celebrates an anniversary

It all started in 1872 with spice extracts – today OlbrichtArom is an expert for custom flavourings, and has been part of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe since 2010. “The Group offers us flexibility and quick decision-making, as well as the logistical and technical resources of a global player. At the same time, after 150 years we’re still curious about creating new things, and continue to develop innovative solutions,” says Alexander Höner, Commercial Director at OlbrichtArom. Right on time for the anniversary, a new production plant will be taken into operation.
Reason enough to toast 150 years of pioneering spirit, together with the entire staff at the new location in Hatten!

2/7/2022
150 years of good taste: A pioneer celebrates an anniversary

Happy Birthday, Stern-Wywiol Galerie!

Ten years ago today our Stern-Wywiol Galerie opened its doors for the first time. Since then it has put on 40 exhibits of contemporary art by German and international newcomers and established artists. Three-dimensional art, or sculpture in all its forms, is a special passion of our gallery. It also exhibits selected painting works.
“As I see it, any business activity – regardless of the industry or products it involves – is also a work of art, as creativity, imagination and the joy of seeing something take shape are fundamental elements of both. To me, art is stimulation, a source of ideas, and sometimes also an opportunity for contemplation,” says Group founder Volkmar Wywiol of his motivation to operate an own gallery.
Together with the gallery team, we toast the anniversary. Congratulations, and continue to bring people and art together!

5/6/2022
Happy Birthday, Stern-Wywiol Galerie!

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Handelskammer Hamburg visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg

“Innovation means thinking ahead, to always be an idea ahead,” says Dr. Matthias Moser, Managing Director Food Ingredients Division.

For over 350 years, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of the Hamburg economy. Guided by its motto “Strengthening Hamburg’s viability and actively shaping its future together”, it promotes innovation by regional companies. How do we make Hamburg more innovative, to stay ahead in the competion of business regions? To answer this question the Hamburg CoC launched the Hamburg 2040 initative.

At a visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce President Prof. Aust and CEO Dr. Heyne got a look at the latest innovations and innovation processes in foods and food ingredients. They tasted new products by our subsidiaries Mühlenchemie , DeutscheBack , Hydrosol and Planteneers.

As a Hamburg family company with a 40-year history, the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe supports and accelerates innovation processes in the world of food and feed ingredients, cosmetics and oleochemicals.

8/4/2022
The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Handelskammer Hamburg visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg

Celebrating the “white gold”: March 20 is World Flour Day!

Whether from wheat, maize, rice or rye, whether as pasta, bread, or cake, for millennia flour has been one of the world’s most important staple foods. Reason enough for our FlourWorld Museum to celebrate this wonderful ingredient on March 20, World Flour Day.

There are many personal stories to discover. Last year the FlourWorld Museum in Wittenburg together with our subsidiary Mühlenchemie called on millers, bakers, confectioners and pasta-makers to tell us something personal about flour. This year many stories have come to us from around the world under the motto “Flour and people – Flour means the world to us”.

“What flour means for us” was the theme of the third World Flour Day, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Near East and many other regions shared with us their experiences around this staple food. All these stories show the varied and individual significance of flour for each person. You can find them on the website here: www.worldflourday.com

The flour industry has celebrated its variety and solidarity on World Flour Day for three years now. In many mills and bakeries, staffers come together to honour this staple with joint baking activities. At the FlourWorld Museum a special flour sack was designed for the day that portrays the motto “Flour and People”. It has received a place of honour in the museum’s exhibits.

The FlourWorld Museum in Wittenburg holds the world’s largest collection of flour sacks, and is open every Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. It’s worth a look!
An initiative of Mühlenchemie.

20/3/2022
Celebrating the ``white gold``: March 20 is World Flour Day!

Calamari and shrimp from plants: The vegan alternatives are here

People who eat vegan or avoid animal products for sustainability reasons previously had to do without fish and seafood. But “the new Planteneers product closes that gap – it’s a real breakthrough, as Dr. Dorotea Pein, Head of Product Management of our subsidiary Planteneers, says. “The development of seafood alternatives gives vegans and flexitarians a way to put more variety on the menu.”

Trade attendees at Plant Based World Expo North America in December were enthusiastic. The new products can be made individually, and their shape and colour are in every way the equal of the originals. For example, a colour mix based on paprika extract gives shrimp the desired light pink. These products are also very suitable for deep-frozen foods.

Standard meat industry machines can be used to make the products. This has been tested and confirmed with the industry’s leading machine makers – nothing stands in the way of production.

Planteneers offers further innovations, in the form of plant-based alternatives to breaded fish, filets in sushi quality, canned tuna and smoked salmon.

11/2/2022
Calamari and shrimp from plants: The vegan alternatives are here

Promoting sustainable cocoa cultuvation in Sierra Leone

Many of the cocoa beans used in our organic chocolate come from Sierra Leone in West Africa. The country is about the same size as Ireland, and cocoa is an important source of income. So that it can stay that way, we support local initiatives.

Our subsidiary HERZA Schokolade together with the partner Tradin Organic makes a direct contribution to environment-friendly cultivation with the Farmer Field Schools and the operation of tree nurseries. In Field School courses, cocoa farmers learn how to combine good harvests with sustainability. We also help with the reforestation of shade trees in cocoa plantations, to prevent erosion, improve soil quality and bind CO². Thus, we help cocoa growers gain a stable income.

Inventor of the first chocolate muesli on the market, developer of unique chocolate pieces – HERZA is part of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe and an expert in innovative solutions.

6/12/2022
Promoting sustainable cocoa cultuvation in Sierra Leone

Oops… we did it again: XLETIX 2022 Challenge

Our team laughs off even mud, rain and cold. And there was plenty of that at this year’s challenge. At the beach in Grömitz on the Baltic, the 12 participants had to dig deep within themselves, because the obstacle course was nothing if not extreme. “On the sloped climbing wall some people turned into the Hulk and pulled others up,” said Linda Eitelberger, Product Manager at Hydrosol and Planteneers.

“𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥”
A contestant is only as strong as the team – and everybody showed real team spirit. The up to 20 kilometres of distance and 35 obstacles could only be mastered together and with agility and flexibility. This is something that initiator Paulo Canelas values: “For us as a family company, teamwork and collaboration are very important. XLETIX really encourages the feeling of being in it together, so we encourage everyone to participate in the event who wants to.”

11/10/2022
XLETIX 2022 Challenge

Stars shine in Wittenburg: Spanish sounds from Leipzig

For the 12th time the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival has graced the region. This year again we supported the festival financially, and invited partners from the private and public sectors, as well as employees, to an almost otherworldly concert. The Amarcord vocal ensemble gave listeners in the packed Bartholomäus church in Wittenburg goosebumps. These five exceptional singers from Leipzig, all former members of the Thomaner Choir, harmonize so perfectly that they sound like a single vocal instrument, yet cover the range of an entire orchestra. Together with selected instrumentalists, they presented gripping and beautiful interpretations of Spanish Renaissance music, to well-deserved standing ovations from the audience.

Before the concert we received our guests in our FlourWorld Museum. Art is especially important to company founder Volkmar Wywiol. “Flour and art are two staples, and we’re proud to make a contribution to both.” A commitment to art and culture in the region has a long tradition at the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe. “We see our support as a thank-you to the people here. As an employer we feel an obligation to the community that goes beyond the individuals who work for us,” said CEO Torsten Wywiol.

2/9/2022
Stars shine in Wittenburg: Spanish sounds from Leipzig

150 years of good taste: A pioneer celebrates an anniversary

It all started in 1872 with spice extracts – today OlbrichtArom is an expert for custom flavourings, and has been part of the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe since 2010. “The Group offers us flexibility and quick decision-making, as well as the logistical and technical resources of a global player. At the same time, after 150 years we’re still curious about creating new things, and continue to develop innovative solutions,” says Alexander Höner, Commercial Director at OlbrichtArom. Right on time for the anniversary, a new production plant will be taken into operation.
Reason enough to toast 150 years of pioneering spirit, together with the entire staff at the new location in Hatten!

2/7/2022
150 years of good taste: A pioneer celebrates an anniversary

Happy Birthday, Stern-Wywiol Galerie!

Ten years ago today our Stern-Wywiol Galerie opened its doors for the first time. Since then it has put on 40 exhibits of contemporary art by German and international newcomers and established artists. Three-dimensional art, or sculpture in all its forms, is a special passion of our gallery. It also exhibits selected painting works.
“As I see it, any business activity – regardless of the industry or products it involves – is also a work of art, as creativity, imagination and the joy of seeing something take shape are fundamental elements of both. To me, art is stimulation, a source of ideas, and sometimes also an opportunity for contemplation,” says Group founder Volkmar Wywiol of his motivation to operate an own gallery.
Together with the gallery team, we toast the anniversary. Congratulations, and continue to bring people and art together!

5/6/2022
Happy Birthday, Stern-Wywiol Galerie!

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Handelskammer Hamburg visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg

“Innovation means thinking ahead, to always be an idea ahead,” says Dr. Matthias Moser, Managing Director Food Ingredients Division.

For over 350 years, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of the Hamburg economy. Guided by its motto “Strengthening Hamburg’s viability and actively shaping its future together”, it promotes innovation by regional companies. How do we make Hamburg more innovative, to stay ahead in the competion of business regions? To answer this question the Hamburg CoC launched the Hamburg 2040 initative.

At a visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce President Prof. Aust and CEO Dr. Heyne got a look at the latest innovations and innovation processes in foods and food ingredients. They tasted new products by our subsidiaries Mühlenchemie , DeutscheBack , Hydrosol and Planteneers.

As a Hamburg family company with a 40-year history, the Stern-Wywiol Gruppe supports and accelerates innovation processes in the world of food and feed ingredients, cosmetics and oleochemicals.

8/4/2022
The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Handelskammer Hamburg visit to our Stern-Technology Center in Ahrensburg

Celebrating the “white gold”: March 20 is World Flour Day!

Whether from wheat, maize, rice or rye, whether as pasta, bread, or cake, for millennia flour has been one of the world’s most important staple foods. Reason enough for our FlourWorld Museum to celebrate this wonderful ingredient on March 20, World Flour Day.

There are many personal stories to discover. Last year the FlourWorld Museum in Wittenburg together with our subsidiary Mühlenchemie called on millers, bakers, confectioners and pasta-makers to tell us something personal about flour. This year many stories have come to us from around the world under the motto “Flour and people – Flour means the world to us”.

“What flour means for us” was the theme of the third World Flour Day, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Near East and many other regions shared with us their experiences around this staple food. All these stories show the varied and individual significance of flour for each person. You can find them on the website here: www.worldflourday.com

The flour industry has celebrated its variety and solidarity on World Flour Day for three years now. In many mills and bakeries, staffers come together to honour this staple with joint baking activities. At the FlourWorld Museum a special flour sack was designed for the day that portrays the motto “Flour and People”. It has received a place of honour in the museum’s exhibits.

The FlourWorld Museum in Wittenburg holds the world’s largest collection of flour sacks, and is open every Sunday from 12:00 to 17:00. It’s worth a look!
An initiative of Mühlenchemie.

20/3/2022
Celebrating the ``white gold``: March 20 is World Flour Day!

Calamari and shrimp from plants: The vegan alternatives are here

People who eat vegan or avoid animal products for sustainability reasons previously had to do without fish and seafood. But “the new Planteneers product closes that gap – it’s a real breakthrough, as Dr. Dorotea Pein, Head of Product Management of our subsidiary Planteneers, says. “The development of seafood alternatives gives vegans and flexitarians a way to put more variety on the menu.”

Trade attendees at Plant Based World Expo North America in December were enthusiastic. The new products can be made individually, and their shape and colour are in every way the equal of the originals. For example, a colour mix based on paprika extract gives shrimp the desired light pink. These products are also very suitable for deep-frozen foods.

Standard meat industry machines can be used to make the products. This has been tested and confirmed with the industry’s leading machine makers – nothing stands in the way of production.

Planteneers offers further innovations, in the form of plant-based alternatives to breaded fish, filets in sushi quality, canned tuna and smoked salmon.

11/2/2022
Calamari and shrimp from plants: The vegan alternatives are here