Highlights

2022

June 

  • Driving force for goat’s cheese in the USA

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    Each year, US supermarket chain Whole Foods honours its best suppliers with the «Supplier of the Year Award». The prestigious accolade in the Innovation category went to our Californian subsidiary Cypress Grove. The goat’s cheese manufacturer puts its heart and soul into producing a wide variety of cheese specialities, ranging from innovative combinations with lavender and fennel seeds through to classics featuring ash.

    The award is given to manufacturers who develop innovative breakthroughs that set new trends in the industry. This is already the second time Cypress Grove has been recognised by the jury since the awards were launched ten years ago.

    cypressgrovecheese.com

May

  • Cultivating tomorrow’s leaders

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    Our Management Practice Programme is a key initiative to develop talents and the next generation of leaders within the Emmi Group at the level of middle management. In international teams, participants spend nine months working together on selected projects with relevance for the entire Emmi Group, supported by representatives of Emmi Group Management. This programme, which is run every two years, promotes targeted international networking within the company. It also supports our ongoing efforts to provide an environment where employees feel welcome, inspired and have opportunities for development. In this way, the Management Practice programme is an important contributor to one of the targets defined within our Emmi sustainability model of filling 50 percent of vacancies internally by 2027.

    emmi.com/sustainability

april

  • Emmi desserts win big

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    The dessert creations of Emmi Dessert USA and our Italian manufactory Pasticceria Quadrifoglio won three awards from the Food & Beverage Innovator (FABI) in the USA.

    The FABI Award recognises companies for developing exceptional foods and beverages that lead the way within their category in terms of new flavours, flavour profiles, creativity and their potential for innovation.

    pasticceriaquadrifoglio.com

March

  • Making sustainable dairy the norm

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    Joint efforts are needed to advance effective solutions for climate protection. With that in mind, we have started the «KlimaStaR Milch» initiative, together with our milk suppliers and Nestlé and backed by scientific partners.

    The cross-sectoral initiative pursues the goal of gaining scientifically based insights in order to make the Swiss dairy industry more competitive and sustainable with respect to climate protection and resource efficiency. The project is supported by the Federal Office for Agriculture and includes around 300 agricultural pilot operations.

    Media release emmi.com/sustainability

february

  • New purpose and sharpened strategy

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    Building on our abilities and our DNA , the new Emmi Purpose helps us to continue to do the right thing and to take long-term responsibility. It equips ourselves for the changes that lie ahead in a volatile world and inspires us to jointly create the best dairy moments – today and for generations to come.

    Our sustainable economic success is based on a focused and proven strategy. To continue and consolidate this success, we have sharpened our strategy in line with our proven strengths and integrated the key issues of the future and the changing needs of our stakeholders even more firmly into our business model.

    Emmi purpose
    Emmi strategy

January 

  • 40 years of goat’s milk innovation

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    Johan Ewijk, the founder of Bettinehoeve, started making fine cheese on his farm with just two goats. 40 years later, the company processes around 65 million kg of goat’s milk from over 55 regional farms each year. Bettinehoeve exports its specialities to the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and the Nordic countries. With around 140 employees, the goat’s milk manufacturer also creates important added value, especially for farmers and partners in the local areal.

    Bettinehoeve has been part of the Emmi Group since February 2016 and has been wholly owned by Emmi since April 2022. This has helped us to further strengthen our global goat’s milk network in an important growth segment.

    bettine.nl

2021

December

  • McDonald’s names Emmi supplier of the year

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    We have been supplying Mcdonald’s Switzerland with selected specialties for almost 20 years. The quality of this long-standing relationship is also reflected in the results of the company’s annual supplier audit, with the chain – which was founded in 1940 as a snack bar – awarding Emmi “Supplier of the year 2021”. Emmi achieves a score of 100% – something no partner has ever achieved before.

November

  • Number 1 in the US feta market becomes part of Emmi

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    Emmi acquired Athenos, the number 1 in the US feta business, strengthening our strategically important specialty cheese business in our most important foreign market. The Athenos feta range perfectly complements the extensive selection of high-quality, locally produced as well as imported speciality cheeses in our business in north America. We are also creating additional export opportunities for Swiss cheese thanks to our strengthened distribution capacity.

    Media release
    athenos.com

  • Emmi and WWF extend collaboration until 2024

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    Emmi and WWF Switzerland extend the partnership initiated in 2016 for a further three years. WWF will therefore continue to provide Emmi with strategic support on the way to achieving its ambitious goals in the areas of climate and energy, food waste and establishing a sustainable dairy industry beyond Switzerland.

    This is based on a shared vision of a food system that respects the Earth’s ecological limits. The collaboration with WWF has helped Emmi to continue its tradition of building a business model aligned to broad sustainability initiatives backed by science-based targets, and pursuing a net-zero reduction path with a 2050 horizon.

    Media release

October

  • Five times gold

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    At the World Cheese Awards (WCA) in Ovideo, Spain, 26 cheese specialities from Emmi achieve a place on the podium. Five of them even win a gold medal, such as Kaltbach Rahmkäse, which is matured in the sandstone cave. As a producer of a wide variety of specialty cheeses and Switzerland’s largest cheese trader, Emmi markets its cheeses around the world and uses the annual WCA platform to inspire people to enjoy cheese.

    worldcheeseawards.com

September

  • Emmi Caffè Latte packaging becomes more sustainable

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    Emmi is committed to a circular economy as part of its sustainability model. Our goal is to use only recyclable packaging by 2027 and to increase the share of recycled materials to at least 30%. Emmi is starting with its successful Emmi Caffè Latte brand. Since September the cups have contained a proportion of recycled polypropylene. A first step in the right direction.

    Media release

August

  • “AOP eco-cheese” network in Kaltbach

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    Our cave masters in Kaltbach are now using solar energy and a local “AOP eco-cheese” network to produce our cheese specialties – from the farm, through production in the cheese dairy, to cave maturing. The centrepiece is a new photovoltaic system installed on the production building in Kaltbach. This complements the solar-powered production of Emmentaler AOP at the nearby traditional Schlierbach cheese dairy, whose local milk suppliers are also increasingly switching to solar energy.

    Media release

July

  • Sustainable climate protection

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    We have also set ourselves ambitious targets for reducing our own greenhouse gas emissions. We aim to reduce these by 60% by 2027, relying heavily on renewable energies. For products manufactured at the Emmen site, such as Emmi Aktifit and Luzerner Rahmkäse, solar energy will now be used to supplement the existing wood chip-fired heating system. The source is 1,440 photovoltaic modules on the roofs of the Amstutz buildings, which produce around 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

    Media release
    amstutzholzenergie.ch

JUNE

  • Foundation stone laid for new cheese dairy

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    At our traditional location in Emmen, we are investing 50 million Swiss francs in the construction of a new cheese factory. It will replace the existing cheese dairy building and provide space for highly professional and resource-saving cheese production. In line with our long-term growth plans, we are thus creating additional capacity and regional added value.

    Media release

  • Water-saving project at Ostermundigen site wins award

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    The Emmi Sustainability Award was first conferred in 2012 and is now open to all of Emmi’s almost 8,700 employees worldwide. Besides raising awareness of sustainability issues relevant to Emmi, this format aims to help the company achieve its sustainability goals through specific projects.

    More than 20 projects from seven countries were submitted this year and evaluated by a jury including internal and external experts from WWF Switzerland and the Energy Agency Swiss Private Sector (EnAW), for example.

    This year’s first prize was awarded to a project implemented at the Ostermundigen production site that massively reduces the consumption of cleaning agents and water. Other prize winners came from Italy, the US and Kirchberg (Switzerland).

    emmi.com
    Winner project from Ostermundigen

MAY

  • Pasticceria Quadrifoglio creates space for innovation and growth

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    Pasticceria Quadrifoglio, which has been part of the Emmi Group since 2019, operates two production sites in the Modena area. Due to good growth prospects, including within Emmi’s dessert network in Italy and, more recently, also in the US, the “Quadrilatero” project was launched to expand production capacity at the Campogalliano site. The expansion will also be innovative from a sustainability perspective. For example, “Quadrilatero” will be the first production facility within the Emmi family to be “net zero” from the outset. The expansion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

APRIL

  • Republic of Blends conquers France

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    France has had some quite specific tastes when it comes to the coffee it consumes. For a long time, “café au lait” was only drunk with breakfast. But after some delay, the trend for chilled coffee drinks also took hold a few years ago.

    Emmi too has been serving this market since 2019, with chilled coffee drinks from Ostermundigen under the “Republic of Blends” brand. This brand not only emphasises coffee expertise but also achieves clear differentiation from the generic term “caffe latte”.

    With its listing with Carrefour, Europe’s second-largest retailer with a strong foothold in its home market of France, Republic of Blends has the best prospects for more than just a summer fairy tale.

    emmi-republicofblends.fr

  • New members elected to Emmi’s Board of Directors

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    Two new members were elected to the Board of Directors of Emmi AG at the General Meeting on 22 April 2021: Dominik Bürgy, a lawyer and qualified tax expert, and Thomas Grüter, a master farmer. They succeed long-standing members of the Board of Directors Christian Arnold and Niklaus Meier, who did not stand for re-election.

    Media release

March

  • Indulgence with the “bread of the desert”

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    Many consumers want less sugar in their products, but still want to treat themselves to something indulgent. So it’s a yes to less sugar, a no to artificially sweetened products, and generally also a no to products with significantly less sugar. A different approach seems to be showing some promise: sweet, yes, but with no artificial or granulated sugar.

    An alternative to sugar is the answer here. But agave, maple syrup and co. have about the same effect on the body as granulated sugar. But this isn’t the case with the new date-sweetened Emmi JogurtPur. That’s because the dates are dried as whole fruits and finely ground. Because of this, they not only add sweetness to the yogurt but also vital nutrients.

    emmi-pur.ch

  • Added value through Swissness

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    Oats, with their sweet, cereal-like taste, are a popular milk alter-native. But a large proportion of these products are produced abroad or manufactured here in Switzerland using imported oats. Not so with the oat products from our vegan brand beleaf. These drinks and yogurt alternatives use oats produced regionally in Switzerland as their key ingredient. We are therefore not only generating local added value; we are also improving our ecological footprint thanks to short transport routes, with Swissness as a mark of differentiation.

    Media release (only in German)
    beleaf.ch

February

  • Joint start at new headquarters in Chile

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    Quillayes and Surlat, two major, successful Chilean milk processors, joined forces in early 2020. The Emmi Group company now operates under the name Quillayes Surlat and, with around 800 employees and sales of around CHF 180 million, is number four in the country.

    Following the merger of the two companies, the process of gradually merging core activities such as production and logistics began. Since the beginning of 2021, the company has been managed from the joint headquarters in Santiago de Chile, in order to create solid foundations for a shared corporate culture with a focus on growth.

    quillayessurlat.cl

  • Californian cheese pearls honoured

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    The artisan Cowgirl Creamery and Cypress Grove in California are among the Emmi Group’s drivers of innovation. Their efforts to continually surprise consumers with sophisticated creations were honoured not once but twice at this year’s edition of The Specialty Food Association’s sofi™ Awards. Cowgirl Creamery’s Organic Clabbered Cottage Cheese and Cypress Grove’s Fog Lights both received awards from the panel of experts.

    List of the Winners of the sofi Awards
    cowgirlcreamery.com

JANUARY

  • New powder plant in Brazil

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    Our Brazilian Group company Laticínios Porto Alegre expands its presence with a new powder plant in Antonio Carlos. The additional capacity provides the scope to expand the supply of milk powder on the domestic market and extend the milk collection base in cooperation with local dairy farmers.

    laticiniosportoalegre.com.br

  • Renewable energy as standard

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    By using renewable energy at all its locations around the world, Emmi is significantly reducing CO2 emissions. Emmi’s operations in Switzerland have already been supplied exclusively with European hydropower since 2017 (-14,800 tonnes of CO2). In 2018, all locations in Europe followed suit (-17,600 tonnes of CO2). Since the beginning of 2021, renewable energy has also been procured as standard for Emmi Group companies in North and South America, which will reduce CO2 emissions by a further 19,000 tonnes.

  • The best dairy moments for future generations

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    Emmi raises the bar yet again in terms of its commitment to sustainability, with extended targets up to 2027. In addition to further reducing our environmental impact and now also our water consumption, we have also extended our commitment to sustainable dairy farming at Group level. Furthermore, we have set new reduction targets along the entire value chain based on the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and switched to a net zero reduction path with the netZERO 2050 vision.

    Media release
    emmi.com/sustainability

2020

DECEMBER

  • Emissions-free transport

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    Since the end of 2020, Emmi has been using two of the world’s first hydrogen-powered lorries from Hyundai. Emmi believes this technology has the potential to lead to a more sustainable future for freight transport by road. Sustainable transport and mobility solutions are an important element for Emmi in achieving its new emissions target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 60 % by 2027. Every hydrogen-powered lorry that replaces a conventional diesel lorry will save around 70 to 80 tonnes of CO2 per year.

    emmi.com/nachhaltigkeit

November

  • New Emmen cheese dairy

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    Emmi is strengthening its presence in Switzerland and investing CHF 50 million in its traditional location in Emmen. A new building will replace the more than 40-year-old cheese dairy building, providing space for highly professional and resource-saving cheese production and creating additional capacities in line with the company’s long-term growth plans. Construction work began in November 2020, with commissioning planned for the end of 2022.

    Media release

October

  • Emmi’s dessert business broadens its horizons

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    Over the past few years, Emmi has built up a new strategic pillar in Italian speciality desserts. Starting with the acquisition of A-27 in 2012, a network of Italian dessert manufacturers has been gradually established, which now operates under the umbrella of Emmi Dessert Italia.

    The acquisition of US company Indulge Desserts means Emmi can now become part of the world’s largest dessert market, extend its footprint in the United States and open up new distribution opportunities for its Italian desserts. The company, which is based in the Greater New York area, has a wide range of high-quality desserts and generates annual sales of between USD 80 million and 90 million.

    Media release

August

  • Additive-free Emmi Caffè Latte

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    Caffè Latte is Emmi’s best known and most successful brand. Since it was launched 15 years ago, things have changed in chilled coffee drinks, particularly in terms of flavour based on freshly roasted coffee beans and perfectly brewed coffee thanks, among other things, to gently roasted coffee beans and freshly brewed coffee.

    Caution is therefore needed when it comes to changing recipes. But Emmi has now decided to use a new manufacturing process it has developed itself to simplify recipes: since autumn 2020, no additives such as stabilising agents or preservatives have been used in the majority of the Emmi Caffè Latte range.

    emmi.com

June

  • First Emmi Sustainability Day

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    Emmi used the United Nations' World Environment Day as a platform for the first-ever Emmi Sustainability Day. Emmi employees worldwide committed to driving forward positive changes for the environment and more sustainable development.

    Each location had a different focus in its actions for a better world. For example, three bee colonies now live on the company premises in Kirchberg and Gläserne Molkerei has planted apple trees in its courtyard garden. The staff at the headquarters in Lucerne assessed their individual environmental footprint with the help of WWF Switzerland. They concluded that they performed better than the average Swiss citizen, but that they still had a lot of work to do.

    Video: Emmi Sustainability Day 2020

May

  • Protein boom continues

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    More and more people are eating a body-conscious diet and want to support their active, sporty lifestyle with protein-rich foods. But they want these foods to taste great as well. This trend is an opportunity for Emmi products. Because here, functionality is never at the cost of quality and pleasure.

    Emmi has therefore expanded its range with innovations on three fronts: a new drink containing high-quality whey proteins, a high-protein variant of Emmi Caffè Latte and a protein drink developed in collaboration with the Swiss sports nutrition specialist Sponser Sport Food. All products must meet two criteria: they need to be body conscious and great tasting.

    Media release

April

  • Desserts with barista flair

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    Coffee is inextricably linked with Italy. Italians have shaped the global coffee culture. But they have also managed to stick with their own coffee habits. While most coffee-lovers generally like either espresso or white coffee, in Italy it is the time of day that determines which is drunk.

    Italians are though open to enjoying a coffee dessert after eating rather than a hot espresso. Inspired by this, Emmi Dessert Italia have launched a fitting range. In a glass espresso cup – for the perfect espresso moment!

    emmidessert.it

  • General Meeting on a small scale

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    The Emmi General Meeting 2020 was planning to host 1,800 guests. As a result of the ban on events due to coronavirus, however, the huge event took on a much smaller scale.

    The attendees included the chairman of the Board of Directors, the independent proxy, a representative of the auditors and the secretary of the Board of Directors.

    The shareholders were of course still able to vote: in advance – in writing or online. In this way, all the proposals were approved by a large majority.

    Media release

  • Environmentally friendly cup wins Emmi Sustainability Award

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    Emmi’s Swiss facilities alone use around 600 million yogurt cups each year. Most of these cups are made of polystyrene.

    As recycling systems for this type of cup are often deficient, Emmi is committed to finding more environmentally friendly solutions. With the “Seda Paper Cup”, an internal project team has developed a promising alternative that produces around 60 % less CO2-emissions, with comparable product protection.

    The cup's initial use for exports of the beleaf brand, which was coordinated by the Development, Production and Marketing teams, was awarded the Emmi Sustainability Award.

    emmi.com/sustainability

March

  • YoghurtPur named “product of the year” in Germany

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    Gläserne Molkerei in Germany followed in the footsteps of its parent company in Switzerland in 2018, launching its own additive-free Bio-JoghurtPur.

    In the year following its launch, sales of JoghurtPur rose rapidly in line with its popularity. Reason enough for Gläserne Molkerei to expand its range with a version enriched with organic cream in three new flavours.

    The icing on the cake of this success story came when readers of the German trade journal Milchmarketing named it “product of the year”.

    Media release
    glaeserne-molkerei.de

  • Beleaf – vegan addition to Emmi’s range of brands

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    More and more consumers are eating vegetarian or vegan food from time to time. In response to this trend, Emmi is launching its own vegan line under the brand Beleaf.

    The yogurt alternatives, drinks and shakes based on almonds or oats offer even more variety for all those who value a varied diet. Emmi Caffè Drink Almond Macchiato is a further highlight for vegan food fans.

    Vegan is nothing new for Emmi. In Switzerland, it has been producing a variety of almond, cashew and lupin-based plant products for its trading partners since the 1990s. With its plant-based brand products, Emmi is servicing a segment of its home market that has been heavily influenced by imported products in the past.

    Media release
    beleaf.eu
    emmicaffelatte.ch

February

  • Appenzeller® from the cave

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    “Only the best come to Kaltbach” – this motto underlies the decision as to which cheeses are matured in the famous sandstone cave. Because only the highest-quality wheels are suitable for the long cave ageing and warrant the considerable effort producing such an extraordinary result.

    Appenzeller® is the third “big” Swiss cheese speciality to join the exclusive range of Kaltbach cave-aged specialities.

    emmi-kaltbach.com

  • Emmi honoured as an integrative employer

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    Every year, the Lucerne Compensation Office, IV Lucerne and wira Lucerne present the WAS IV Awards to companies that strive to integrate people with disabilities. Emmi has been consistently implementing internal integration projects for years and has now received the IV Award for its efforts. Emmi will double the prize money and use it for further projects to benefit people with disabilities.

    Media release
    Video: IV Award Emmi Schweiz AG

  • Tackling the coronavirus crisis as part of a global network

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    On 10 February – two weeks before the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Switzerland – Emmi began raising awareness among its employees and introducing additional hygiene and protective measures. All efforts were focused on protecting employees and maintaining production.

    The strong networking of the central crisis team and subsidiaries made it possible to share knowledge. Experience from Italy, the European country that was hit first and particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis, proved especially valuable. As a result, the Emmi companies in the USA and South America were well prepared when the virus began to spread to them a few weeks later.

    emmi.com

  • Positive assessment of Emmi's CO2-commitment

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    As part of its sustainability strategy, Emmi has set the goal of reducing its global CO2-emissions by 25 % by the end of 2020. The emphasis is on implementing measures in Emmi's own production sites to reduce direct emissions from the use of fossil fuels (scope 1) and associated indirect emissions from the production of electricity and heat (scope 2).

    Emmi provides transparent and detailed information on emissions, measures and progress, for example through participation in the “Carbon Disclosure Project”.

    This organisation awarded Emmi's emissions data a B- rating. This puts Emmi ahead of the pack compared with the average grade of C within the food industry and within Europe (all companies based in Europe).

    emmi.com/sustainability

January

  • The best Le Gruyère AOP comes from a cave

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    Le Gruyère AOP is the most popular Swiss cheese – both at home and abroad. The magazine “al dente” asked six cheese specialists to taste a selection of cheeses matured for eight to 12 months.

    KALTBACH Le Gruyère AOP emerged as the favourite thanks to its rich spectrum of aromas, intense flavour and salt crystals, which are appreciated by connoisseurs and denote its long maturation period.

    Story: Gruyère – top after 12 months

2019

December

  • The largest raclette cheese dairy in Switzerland celebrates a milestone

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    Emmi has operated the cheese dairy in Landquart and the associated Grisons mountain cheese warehouse since 2003. Over the last 15 years, the operation has not only developed into the largest raclette cheese dairy in Switzerland, but also produces “Switzerland Swiss”, which is popular in the US. Around 350,000 wheels of raclette cheese, 80,000 wheels of mountain cheese and 10,000 wheels of Swiss-type cheese are matured in the warehouse. In 2019, thanks to rising demand, the volume of milk processed in Landquart exceeded 100 million kilogrammes for the first time. This milk is sourced from around 650 dairy farmers in the surrounding area (Grisons, St. Gallen, Glarus and Schwyz).

    Media release

  • Favourite farmer chosen

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    Consumers should be able to see who is behind Emmi’s milk products. These are numerous farming families from all over Switzerland. And with around 6,000 milk suppliers, almost all consumers in Switzerland have an Emmi farmer in their immediate vicinity. To strengthen the bond between Emmi and these farming families, over 250 milk producers already showcase their farms on the Emmi website. In 2019, Emmi launched the online competition “Take the cow out to pasture”. Christian Hitz received the most virtual cows. On his real pasture farm in Untersiggenthal, Aargau, he keeps around 80 Holstein cows. The animals are housed in accordance with the additional requirements of the two state-controlled animal welfare labels RAUS and BTS (stables).

    emmi.com/sustainability

NOVEMBER

  • Emmi cheese meets with success at the World Cheese Awards

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    Emmi is the largest cheese retailer in Switzerland and markets its cheeses around the world. One way of making foreign retailers and consumers aware of its cheeses is to take part in competitions – for example, the annual World Cheese Awards. At the world’s largest cheese industry competition in 2019, cheese specialties from the Emmi range won a total of 26 awards.

    Media release

  • Surlat puts a new warehouse into operation

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    Surlat, Emmi’s Chilean subsidiary, produces a wide range of dairy and fresh products at its facilities in Pitrufquen. After about one year of planning and construction, a new warehouse was put into operation at the site. It houses capacity for 4,000 pallets. This investment will enable growing demand to be met even more efficiently.

    surlat.cl

OCTOBER

  • Discovering talents

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    Training as a dairy technologist is challenging. It requires interest in biological and chemical processes, quality awareness, conscientiousness and technological flair. And last but not least, a dairy technologist needs to be able to tackle everyday production work. Talented new recruits are therefore in great demand in the industry. Such talents were on display at the first “SwissSkills” professional championships for dairy technologists. Emmi supported this event as the main sponsor.

    milchtechnologe.ch

SEPTEMBER

  • Protein still rocks

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    Milk products with a high protein content continue to enjoy great popularity. Emmi therefore launched additional high-protein products on the Swiss market in the autumn of 2019, including a cheese for the first time. In Austria, Emmi’s protein products – drinks and yogurts – are available under the new “ProTime” brand.

    at.emmi.com

  • Better animal welfare and environmental protection

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    In 2016, Emmi set itself the goal of introducing a sustainability standard for its Swiss cow’s milk suppliers by 2020. This vision motivated the industry and resulted in the nationwide “swissmilk green” sustainability standard, which Emmi welcomes and supports as an important first step. By 2022, all Swiss dairy farmers are expected to make additional sustainability efforts that benefit animals and the environment in particular. In return, they will receive a supplement of 3 centimes per kilogramme of milk (in the “A segment”). A good three-quarters of Emmi’s milk suppliers currently meet the new sustainability requirements.

    swissmilk.ch

  • Plenty of space for innovations

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    The Brazilian dairy Laticínios Porto Alegre in Antonio Carlos built its new production facilities in the record time of just 13 months. Yogurt and fresh cheese will mainly be produced there in future, including Moments – a Brazilian version of Emmi Moments, the gourmet yogurt popular in Switzerland. The factory was opened on 26 September 2019. In the launch phase, around 100 people will work in Antonio Carlos.

    laticiniosportoalegre.com.br

AUGUST

  • Emmi is becoming a member of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association

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    To supply customers with fresh goods on a daily basis, Emmi lorries cover a great number of kilometres every year. Emmi is committed to making this transport as environmentally friendly as possible. The electromobility advertised for passenger cars is not a practicable solution for freight vehicles in the foreseeable future. However, hydrogen could offer a potential alternative to conventional fuels. It combines environmental benefits with a high degree of practicality – especially thanks to the simple refuelling process and long range. Emmi is therefore becoming a member of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Association in the aim of promoting developments in this area.

    h2mobilitaet.ch

  • Female empowerment in the driver's cab

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    Four young women have been training as road transport specialists in Ostermundigen since August 2019. This is remarkable: not only is there a general lack of new recruits, but the occupation has long been a male bastion. Together with three other apprentices in Emmen, these women are part of Emmi’s 95-strong team of drivers in Switzerland.

    emmi.com/apprenticeships

  • Emmi strengthens its Latin American business

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    Strengthening its international presence is a key pillar of Emmi’s strategy. Some of the desired growth is to be achieved in growth markets in Latin America. Emmi is present in the Chilean market in the form of local company Surlat. In August 2019, Surlat agreed to merge with its competitor Quillayes. The two companies complement each other perfectly. While Surlat has a strong position in the fresh products sector, where it has also made a name for itself with lactose-free products, Quillayes offers a very extensive portfolio of cheeses. Cumulatively, the two companies posted sales of around 120,000 million Chilean pesos (approx. CHF 170 million) in 2018.

    Media release

JULY

  • Emmi is the main sponsor of the skiing star Wendy Holdener

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    Emmi has been a sponsor of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup since the 2009/10 season. Emmi Caffè Latte has been visible in the start or finish areas, on hoardings or on start numbers at up to 40 races a year across Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Norway. Following a successful third-party sponsorship arrangement, Emmi Caffè Latte is the new main sponsor of three-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist Wendy Holdener, from Oberiberg in Switzerland, starting in the 2019/20 season.

    wendyholdener.ch

  • Acquisition strengthens dessert network in Italy

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    Italian specialty desserts represent an important strategic pillar for Emmi. With the acquisition of Pasticceria Quadrifoglio in Modena, Emmi is expanding and strengthening its network consisting of A-27, Rachelli and Italian Fresh Foods. The family business sells its patisserie desserts and ice cream through the food retail trade and the food service channel in Italy. It has around 90 employees and posted net sales of some EUR 19 million in 2018.

    pasticceriaquadrifoglio.com

JUNE

  • Emmi strengthens its presence in Latin America

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    Emmi is increasing its stake in Laticínios Porto Alegre Indústria e Comércio S.A. from 40% to 70%. The dairy is active in the segments natural cheese, mozzarella and fresh cheese (“Requeijão”), UHT milk, cream, butter and whey powder. Since Emmi acquired a stake in the company in July 2017, it has performed well and is now among the top three dairies in its region. With this transaction, Emmi is strengthening its presence in Latin America and building further bridges beyond its existing presence in Chile and Mexico.

    laticiniosportoalegre.com.br

MAY

  • Toni’s from Central Switzerland

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    Under the Toni’s brand, mozzarella and fresh cheese spread is now available at Coop in three varieties. What sets Toni’s apart from the competition? It’s a real Swiss brand. Despite a milk surplus, most of the fresh cheese spreads consumed in Switzerland come from abroad. In addition to offering “swissness”, Toni’s aims to win over consumers with a creamy consistency, a delicious taste and good value for money.

    tonis.ch
    Media release

  • Acquisition of Leeb Biomilch GmbH

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    With a 66% stake in the Austrian organic goat’s milk and sheep’s milk processor Leeb Biomilch GmbH (“Leeb”), Emmi is strengthening its position in the market for goat’s milk products. With this acquisition, Emmi is also expanding its range to include organic vegan products. Leeb currently has around 50 employees and generates sales of over EUR 15 million. The two previous owners Hubert Leeb and Jörg Hackenbuchner will continue to hold shares in the company and will remain active in their current roles as managing directors.

    leeb-milch.at
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  • Pierrot is back!

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    Almost everyone who spent their childhood in Switzerland between 1970 and 2000 remembers the colourful little man from the ice cream advertisement. Between 1974 and 1999, Tom, Magic, Pierino and co. were produced in Ostermundigen. And after an almost 20-year hiatus, the cult brand has been breathed back into life there.
    The mascot Pierrot is designed to evoke childhood memories and feelings of nostalgia. So that the children of yesteryear buy Pierrot for themselves and share the love with the children of today.

    pierrot-glace.ch

APRIL

  • Many new developments to mark the 15th anniversary of Emmi Caffè Latte

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    Fifteen years on the market and not tired at all! In 2019, fans of cold coffee drinks were in for a treat. In the spring of 2019, two new products were launched on the market: Emmi Caffè Latte Colombia Edition and Emmi Caffè Latte Cold Brew. The special thing about the last one: the coffee is “brewed” with cold water for twelve hours. The effect, thanks to this process, is that the coffee is less acidic. At the same time, coffee prepared in this way needs less sugar.

    emmi-caffelatte.com/uk
    Media release

  • Emmi enjoys a good reputation

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    According to a study by consumer research institute GfK, Emmi enjoys an excellent reputation among the Swiss population. Emmi was voted the ninth most popular company alongside firms such as Migros, Rivella and Geberit. For this ranking, around 3,500 people were surveyed and companies from a wide range of industries were included – including pharmaceutical firms and banks.

    gfk.com

MARCH

  • Fat is back!

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    More and more consumers are becoming aware of what they eat. But this awareness can take very different forms. Some people pay meticulous attention to the number of calories consumed, while others consider a balanced diet to consist of the widest possible range of foods. Pleasure also has its place in such a diet. And this is where Emmi Moments comes in, the new yogurt in the flavours chocolate, caramel, strawberry and lemon cheesecake.

    emmi-moments.ch
    Media release

FEBRUARY

  • Sale of Emmi Frisch-Service AG to Transgourmet

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    After extensive analyses, Emmi decided to sell the Swiss trading company Emmi Frisch-Service AG (“EFSA”). In particular, new customer requirements led to increasing competition and cost pressure, as a result of which EFSA fell below the critical business mass. The buyer is the Transgourmet Group.

    Media release

JANUARY

  • Acquisition of a blue cheese production site in the US

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    By purchasing a blue cheese production site from the Great Lakes Cheese Company, Emmi is gaining capacity and know-how for the production of blue cheese in the US and at the same time extending its value chain.

    greatlakescheese.com
    Media release

2018

DECEMBER

  • Favourite farmers chosen

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    Emmi and dairy farmers belong together. This is demonstrated by the “Farmers as ambassadors” campaign. Some 60 Emmi milk suppliers are presented to the public, with everyone able to support their favourite by voting for them online. Brothers Aaron and Jonas Ruprecht, who run a dairy and arable farm with 95 Holstein cows, receive the most votes.

    bauernbotschafter.emmi.com

NOVEMBER

  • Subsidiaries move closer to their parent

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    After a project to introduce SAP as the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for all Emmi’s Swiss sites, the systems at the foreign subsidiaries are to be integrated more closely with those of their parent company over the next few years. This will be made possible by a standardised, lean ERP system. The first go live at Emmi UK in London is a success.

OCTOBER

  • Scoring points with naturalness

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    The easy-to-prepare Gerber fondue has been extremely popular since the 1960s. The recipe of this classic dish has now been adapted in line with the trend towards making products as natural as possible. It no longer contains emulsifiers, which were previously used to enhance the stability and shelf life of the product.

    gerbercheese.ch

  • Joining forces in Italy

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    Over the past eight years, Emmi has acquired no less than three dessert manufacturers in the greater Milan area. They are now united under one roof: Emmi Dessert Italia. This is the first time that Emmi has carried out such a comprehensive merger of different companies outside Switzerland. The bundling of know-how and innovative strength will support the continued successful development of the dessert business.

    emmidessert.it

SEPTEMBER

  • From the mountains to Kaltbach

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    The people of Graubünden are rightly proud of their mountain cheese. There are many different varieties, mostly from small producers. One of the cheeses has made it to Kaltbach. Thirty farmers from across the region supply their milk to Lataria Engiadinaisa in Bever – one of the highest dairies in Europe. There, the milk is made into mountain cheese according to a tried-and-tested recipe and stored for 70 days before being sent to the Kaltbach cave for refinement.

    emmi-kaltbach.com
    Media release

AUGUST

  • Original Swiss milk

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    The milk in Emmi products comes from 6,000 farmers all over Switzerland – from Vaud to Grisons, from Schaffhausen to Uri. Each of these regions has its own characteristics, not least when it comes to language. The wide range of dialects are part of Swiss culture, and for many people form part of their personal identity. With milk packaging in twelve different dialects, Emmi brings this popular topic to the breakfast table in autumn 2018.

    Media release in German

JULY

  • Mittelland Molkerei on the path to carbon neutrality

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    Emmi aims to reduce its global CO2 emissions by 25 % by 2020. With the connection of the Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr to the local district heating network, it takes a major step towards achieving this target. The annual CO2 emissions will thus be reduced by 80 % or 5,000 tonnes from 2020.

    emmi.com/sustainability

JUNE

  • We plant a forest

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    The tree symbolises Emmi’s sustainability efforts. As part of the Company Challenge sustainability competition, three apprentices develop a project dedicated to the tree. They motivate around 450 employees at the Ostermundigen site to plant a tree. Over 300 larches, Douglas firs and oaks are planted in the storm-damaged Bremgarten forest in Berne.

    emmi.com/sustainability

  • Interest in the global goat’s milk market confirmed

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    Emmi has held a stake in Dutch goat’s and sheep’s milk product trader AVH dairy trade B.V. since 1 January 2013. The company plays an important role in Emmi’s international goat’s milk network. The stake is now being increased from
    75 % to 90 %.

    avhdairy.com
    Media release

MAY

  • Changing the good for the better

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    What began as a simple tidying-up operation has greatly influenced Emmi’s working culture and economic success over the past decade: the Emmi Operational Excellence (EOE) optimisation programme. The importance of this programme is recognised with an anniversary celebration in Kirchberg.

APRIL

  • A breath of fresh air on Emmi’s Board of Directors

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    Christina Johansson and Alexandra Post Quillet, two proven managers with international experience, succeed Stephan Baer and Josef Schmidli, who do not stand for re-election to the Board.

    Media release

MARCH

  • Protein-rich dairy perform well

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    Dairy products containing high-quality proteins are still very popular, leading Emmi to further expand its activities in this area. The new addition in the spring is lactose-free skimmed milk within the “good day” range. It contains 7 % protein, twice as much as ordinary milk.

    emmi-good-day.com

FEBRUARY

    JANUARY

    • End of collaboration with “siggi’s”

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      The shareholders of The Icelandic Milk & Skyr Corporation (“siggi’s”) decided to sell the company to French milk processor Lactalis. As a result, Emmi and siggi’s end their collaboration after six successful years.

      Media release

    • Commitment to Tunisia strengthened

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      Kaiku, which is part of the Emmi Group, has held a stake in the second-largest Tunisian milk processor, Centrale Laitière de Mahdia SA (“Vitalait”), since 2012. Emmi and the other Kaiku shareholders decide to increase their stake in Vitalait from 45.4 % to 54.7 %, and then to 64.0 % in 2021.

      facebook.com/vitalait.tn
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    2017

    DECEMBER

    • There’s rarely any routine or boredom – even after 47 years.

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      Around 20 % of employees have been with Emmi for more than 20 years. Christian Zaugg has been with the company the longest. He represents a whole host of employees who have supported Emmi for decades, and the cheese dispatcher in Kirchberg will continue to contribute his expertise and experience to the company in 2018.

    NOVEMBER

    • Emmi cheeses are again successful at this year’s World Cheese Awards.

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      More than 3,000 cheeses from 31 countries go head to head at this year’s World Cheese Awards in London. Emmi puts selected Swiss cheeses before the jury, along with several cheese specialities from the United States and the Netherlands, and picks up a total of 16 awards. The cave-aged KALTBACH cheeses were successful once again, winning two gold medals and a silver.

      gff.co.uk
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    • CDP experts give Emmi’s environmental commitment third-highest rating.

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      Emmi has committed to reducing its global CO2 emissions by 25 % by 2020. The climate experts of global not-for-profit organisation CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) give Emmi’s environmental commitment the third-highest rating of B, with Emmi’s handling and measuring of emissions rated as above-average. The risk management approach to climate change was also rated as good.

      emmi.com/sustainability

    OCTOBER

    • Emmi takes a majority stake in Mexican trading company Mexideli.

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      Emmi takes a majority stake in Mexican trading company Mexideli.

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      Emmi increases its stake in Mexideli from 50 % to 51 %. It now holds a majority stake in Mexico’s leading importer of premium food products. The company is very well established after nearly 30 years of successful operation in this market. Mexideli helps Emmi strengthen its position in an attractive, growing market and increases the potential for exporting Emmi Group products – currently Swiss cheese and Italian desserts – to Mexico.

      Media release

    • The Kaltbach cave also wows Federal Councillors.

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      Federal Councillor Alain Berset, Cantonal Councillor for Lucerne Guido Graf and the Social Security and Health Committee of the Council of States take a tour of the Kaltbach cave at the invitation of the outgoing Chairman of the Committee and Chairman of the Emmi Board of Directors, Konrad Graber. Anyone can make an appointment to visit the unique cave and discover the secret of the premium cheese with the black rind.

      emmi-kaltbach.com

    SEPTEMBER

    • The latest Gerber fondue is fresh but ready-made.

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      Gerber ready-made fondues are well-established in Swiss food culture. First launched back in the 1960s, they are now the most popular fondue in Switzerland. This is no surprise, since they are practical and perfect every time. However, demand for fresh fondue mixes is constantly increasing. Emmi aims to impress fondue fans with the new Gerber Mélange Maison fresh fondue. High-quality speciality cheeses and Swiss apricot brandy – which is used instead of Kirsch – give the fondue a unique taste.

      gerbercheese.com
      Media release

    • The Luxembourg investment company ÖKOVISION LUX S.A. honours Emmi with the ÖKOVISION Sustainability Leadership Award.

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      Founded in 1995, investment company ÖKOVISION LUX S.A. invests solely on sustainable principles. Investment decisions are based on the ÖKOVISION investment universe, made up of companies selected by an independent investment committee. It currently comprises 350 companies. Emmi recently became one of them and has now also been awarded the ÖKOVISION Sustainability Leadership Award.

      oekovision25.de
      Media release

    AUGUST

    • Half the sugar but still all the flavour is not just wishful thinking, but reality.

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      In its Milan Declaration to the Federal Council, Emmi committed to reducing the sugar content of its yogurts. In keeping with the two-year anniversary theme, Emmi launched two new yogurts with 50 % less added refined sugar: YoQua strawberry and YoQua forest fruits. Other reduced-sugar varieties will follow.

      emmi-yoqua.com
      Media release

    • Ooola Secrets: The new desserts taste as great as they look.

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      The current trend is for healthy eating and sensible indulgence – alongside practical, time-saving convenience products. Ready-to-eat desserts are therefore extremely popular. Emmi believes this segment has considerable potential for high-quality, innovative products and is therefore launching a new range of desserts: Ooola Secrets. To this end, a completely new production line has been installed in Emmen, near Lucerne.

      Media release

    JULY

    • myclimate Company Challenge: Apprentices demonstrate how climate protection works

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      Emmi combines employee development and sustainability Emmi launches the Emmi Company Challenge in partnership with the myclimate foundation. The company-wide project competition is open to all apprentices. The goal is to devise projects to save energy, promote energy efficiency, foster staff awareness or help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in some other way.

      energie-klimawerkstatt.ch

    JUNE

    • In Thomas Morf, Emmi gains valuable expertise in the global dairy industry.

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      In Thomas Morf, Emmi gains international experience and proven dairy industry expertise. The 42-year-old Swiss national has headed Emmi’s worldwide marketing since June 2017. He previously worked as a consumer goods specialist in Belgium, France, Germany and most recently at Danone in South Africa.

      Media release

    MAY

    • The practical pouch makes popular JogurtPur a convenient snack for on the go.

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      Daily routines that don’t allow for set mealtimes are becoming commonplace. As is eating on the go – while driving, on the train or when walking. Consumers are therefore increasingly turning towards convenience products that are not only practical and save time, but that are also of great quality and made with natural ingredients.

      emmi-pur.ch
      Media release

    APRIL

    • Emmi acquires its dream candidate in Brazil.

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      Laticínios Porto Alegre is set to become Emmi’s second strong base in South America after Surlat in Chile. Its size, profitability and market position are a great fit for Emmi and its strategy: the company is one of the five largest dairies in its key market of Minas Gerais, which is comparable in size to the French market. It is well positioned in the cheese, fresh cheese, UHT milk, butter and whey powder product categories. The stake in Porto Alegre gives Emmi a presence in a market with an attractive long-term outlook.

      laticiniosportoalegre.com.br
      Media release

    • Greater focus placed on the international supply chain.

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      Kai Könecke joins Emmi Group Management as Chief Supply Chain Officer in April 2017. His post is newly created in order to optimise production and logistics processes in Swiss and international production facilities. The 50-year-old German national is a proven expert in supply chain management, with experience gained in a number of countries.

    MARCH

    • The introduction of SAP is successfully completed.

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      The migration of sales processes to SAP in January 2017 marks the final step in the OneERP journey. After around four years of hard work, Emmi officially brings the project to a close at the end of March 2017. SAP is rolled out as planned to all major Swiss production facilities and selected departments. More than 1,500 Emmi employees now use the new OneERP tools in their work.

    FEBRUARY

    • Emmi gets involved in the World Ski Championships and is delighted by the fantastic days in St. Moritz.

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      Emmi’s choice of Wendy Holdener and Tina Weirather as brand ambassadors proves a successful one: Tina Weirather wins silver in the Super G, while Wendy Holdener takes gold in the Alpine combined and silver in the slalom – both sporting an Emmi Caffè Latte start number. The images were broadcast around the world, elating ski fans young and old.

    • The Operational Excellence optimisation programme launches in California.

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      Cypress Grove, the Arcata-based subsidiary, is the first Californian Emmi company to launch the proven Operational Excellence programme. The company doesn’t just want to distinguish itself as a manufacturer of top quality goat’s cheese – it also aims to come top in making processes even more efficient, reducing waste and saving costs.

    JANUARY

    • Leading position in Italian desserts strengthened further.

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      Emmi has grown to become the leading supplier of Italian dessert specialities in recent years with A-27 and Rachelli. Northern Italian company Italian Fresh Foods (IFF) is yet another building block in Emmi’s pursuit of this niche strategy. IFF generates the majority of its sales abroad, as do Emmi’s other Italian dessert producers. Gaining access to Emmi’s international distribution network will therefore be the main source of growth opportunities for IFF.

      italianfreshfoods.it
      Media release

    • Meyenberg – another Californian gem joins the Emmi family.

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      Jackson-Mitchell, Inc., a family company with Swiss roots and 80 years of history, becomes the leading producer of evaporated and powdered goat’s milk with its Meyenberg brand.

      meyenberg.com
      Media release