Finest German food. Since 1876.

More about Hengstenberg


As a family business, we take responsibility – because we believe it's the right thing to do

For over 140 years now, the name Hengstenberg has been a synonym for fine taste, real enjoyment and the very best in quality. We are well-known and loved – perhaps even a little bit famous – for our sauerkraut, red cabbage, vinegar, gherkins and many other delicacies, not only in our homeland of Germany but further afield for some time now too. What we aspire to: using a small number of good quality raw materials and ingredients to create the very best products. It is precisely this that also forms the basis for the Hengstenberg brand company motto: Making good things even better. Since 1876.

We love being a part of this tradition, which goes back several generations

Every time one of our products is used, we know that a family is getting together, a group of friends are meeting up, or someone is taking time out alone to enjoy some delicious food. The fact that so many customers have been coming back to Hengstenberg again and again for so many generations, putting their faith in what we do, makes us very proud.

Leute sitzen an einem Tisch und essen

Hengstenberg: The name represents a commitment to tradition and innovation

We stand behind our name: as an owner-managed family business, going back several generations – together with currently more than 500 employees. But: We don't hide behind the name Hengstenberg. Tradition is very important to us, yet at the same time we are curious – just like our customers, who are always looking for new taste experiences. That's why we constantly develop our products in new and innovative ways. After all, you have to look for the best if you want to make the best out of something.

Kohl auf dem Feld

We pay great attention to quality and to treating one another as partners

Because food and drink are fundamental needs, we pay great attention to achieving the very best in quality – from the sustainable cultivation of raw materials through to careful processing methods for our natural products. Keeping the bigger picture in mind, we adapt every single step in the manufacturing process to the requirements of our current times. Innovative strength is one of the recipes for our success. What gives us the strength to do this? A passionate workforce with a huge amount of expertise, a corporate culture that focuses on treating one another with respect, and contracted farmers who we have been working with as partners for many years. The consistently high quality of Hengstenberg's products is a direct result of this unique combination of factors.

Essiganlieferung in Esslingen im Jahr 1906

Family business with tradition: Vinegar shipment from Esslingen in 1906

Finest German food. Since 1876.

Hengstenberg was founded here more than 140 years ago by Richard Alfried Hengstenberg. And ever since then, the name of Hengstenberg has been a synonym for fine taste, real enjoyment and the very best in quality. From its founding and the company's early years, and the path to becoming a successful manufacturer of branded goods, through to the current times, still maintaining a clear commitment to remembering our roots – read our story here.

Seit 1876 Firmensitz von Hengstenberg

Esslingen at the Neckar

Sustainable production "Made in Germany"

The story of Hengstenberg started in Esslingen am Neckar in Baden-Württemberg in the year 1876. Our head office is still there today. Even though we now export our products right across the world. Germany remains our homeland, that's something that won't change.

Gurken made in Germany

We are therefore committed to ensuring that our products are Made in Germany – for example, our branded gherkins, KNAX and STICKSi. And our Mildessa sauerkraut and red cabbage are sustainably grown by our contracted farmers. We do this because, as a family business, we feel a particular commitment to the people in this area. And also because we know that it will result in the best products.

That's something you can taste. Always something new.

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