List of the 3 largest food companies from Zurich (city)

List of the 3 biggest food companies from Zurich (city)

The food industry is one of the most important sectors of the Swiss economy. Below we have picked out 3 highly interesting companies for you. All 3 are part of our list of the 100 largest food producers in Switzerland.

  • Contains the 100 top-selling food producers from Switzerland from numerous segments such as bakery products, meat products, dairy products, ready meals, confectionery, coffee and tea, beverages, etc.
  • Excellent level of detail: industry and area of activity, sales if publicly available (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015), number of employees if publicly available, general contact details, names of management, etc.
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1. Barry Callebaut AG: CHF 7.2 billion sales

Barry Callebaut was formed in 1996 through the merger of Callebaut and Cacao Barry. Callebaut has Belgian roots and started as a brewery in 1850 before moving into chocolate. Cacao Barry was founded in France and has always produced chocolate. Both companies moved their headquarters to Zurich at some point. Today, Barry Callebaut is one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers. The group has over 12,000 employees and sells its products in over 140 countries. The share has been listed on the Swiss stock exchange since 1998. The largest single shareholder is Jacobs Holding AG (40.1 percent).

2. ORIOR AG: CHF 600 million turnover

ORIOR’s origins lie in a cigar factory founded in 1852 in Vevey on Lake Geneva. After a merger, the company also began manufacturing and selling gastronomic products in 1930. Nevertheless, the cigar and tobacco business remained the mainstay for decades. In 1992, ORIOR decided on a strategic reorientation and completely abandoned the cigar and tobacco business. Since then, ORIOR has been a pure food group focusing on convenience food, meat processing and organic vegetable and fruit juices. Its customers are food retailers and restaurants in Switzerland and neighboring countries. The Group employs around 2,300 people.

3. Zweifel Pomy-Chips AG: CHF 263 million turnover

In 1898, Emil and Paul Zweifel, who came from a long-established winegrowing family, founded a cider factory in Zurich-Höngg, which developed into a leading Swiss fruit juice producer until after World War II. In the 1950s, potato chip production was also started. In 1970, the company opened its own chips factory for this purpose in Spreitenbach (AG). In the 1960s, the winemaking tradition was resumed in parallel under the name “Zweifel1898”. The cidery was abandoned in 1983. With a market share of 55 percent, Zweifel Pomy-Chips is today Switzerland’s number 1 in chips & co. The family business employs around 400 people.

Picture Source: Unsplash ( Henrique Ferreira, 11.01.22)

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