The trading industry is also highly relevant in Switzerland – both domestically and in trade with international organisations. The following article introduces 3 trading companies that have their headquarters in Winterthur, a city known as a centre for services, education, culture and leisure.
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Place 1: Volg Konsumwaren AG: CHF 1.8 billion turnover
The “Verband ostschweizerischer landwirtschaftlicher Genossenschaften” (VOLG) has been in existence since 1886 and is one of the largest retail organizations in Switzerland. The group operates on a cooperative basis. Since 1993, Volg Konsumwaren has been part of the Fenaco Group together with other cooperative organizations. The company is represented in German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland with almost 600 of its own retail outlets. It also supplies goods to over 200 independent retailers and more than 100 service station stores. The product range includes everyday goods with a focus on fresh products and branded goods. In addition, there are Volg house brands and regional products. Volg Konsumwaren employs a good 700 people.
Place 2: Agrola AG: CHF 1.2 billion turnover
With more than 400 stations, Agrola operates the second-largest service station network in Switzerland. Agrola was founded in 1957 as a fuel trading company. In 1958, it was taken over by the “Verband ostschweizerischer landwirtschaftlicher Genossenschaften” (VOLG). Together with the latter, Agrola is now part of the Fenaco Group. As Agrola AG, the company has existed since 1966. Today, Agrola sees itself as a comprehensive energy service provider that, in addition to fossil fuels, also uses renewable energies and sells electricity. In this sense, wood pellets, solar systems, storage and hot water solutions are also part of the Agrola range. Agrola filling stations are located throughout Switzerland.
Place 3: CHRIST Watches & Jewelry: CHF 72 million sales
CHRIST Watches & Jewelry was founded in 1975 as the Swiss branch of the German jewelry chain Christ (Christ Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH). Today, CHRIST operates 62 watch and jewelry stores in Switzerland with approximately 450 employees. Most of the stores are located in the German-speaking and French-speaking parts of Switzerland. Today, CHRIST Watches & Jewelry is the largest jewelry retailer in Switzerland. In addition to brick-and-mortar retail, online retail has gained considerable importance as a sales channel in recent years. Since 2006, CHRIST Watches & Jewelry has been 100 percent owned by Coop Genossenschaft. Coop is one of the largest Swiss retailers and wholesalers.