Press Release: New organisational structure in Switzerland
Hochdorf, 6 January 2015 – The HOCHDORF Group implements its planned restructuring programme as of 1.1.2015. The development, production and sales activities in Switzerland have been merged into HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd effective from the new year. With immediate effect, the HOCHDORF Group is now operating under the new name of HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd in Switzerland and for export business. The ERP operating system has also been implemented on schedule.
The restructuring announced by the HOCHDORF Group has been implemented as planned as of 1.1.2015. The aim of the restructuring programme is to simplify processes and structures as well as increasing cost transparency. From the beginning of the year the sales companies have been operating on the market as HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd business areas.
Emphasising our origins in the new name
"The reorganisation will be evident to the international market through the new company name HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd," explains CEO Dr Thomas Eisenring. The name uses the words "HOCHDORF" and "Swiss" to emphasise the company's origins. The word nutrition refers to the core business – the production of healthy foods and nutritional ingredients.
Business areas with specific know-how
HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd is active in the three business areas of Dairy Ingredients, Baby Care and Cereals & Ingredients:
- Dairy Ingredients: the development, production and marketing of various powdered products made from milk and whey
- Baby Care: the development, production and marketing of premium products in the area of milk-based products for mothers, babies, small children and juniors
- Cereals & Ingredients: the development, production and marketing of various VIOGERM® wheat germ products as well as instant dessert products.
As of 1.1.2015 HOCHDORF Holding Ltd comprises HOCHDORF Swiss Nutrition Ltd, HOCHDORF Baltic Milk UAB, HOCHDORF Deutschland GmbH as well as Marbacher Ölmühle GmbH, all at a 100% holding. HOCHDORF Holding Ltd has a majority share of 60% of Uckermärker Milch GmbH. HOCHDORF also has a 26% share in Ostmilch Handels GmbH (see organigram).
New operating system
One of the greatest challenges in the restructuring project was in programming the ERP operating system. “Thanks in large part to our own efforts, we were able to go live with a practice-oriented op-erating system (CSB),” says CEO Dr Thomas Eisenring. The CEO explains the benefits of the restruc-turing project: “The new organisational structure will firstly simplify many processes. Secondly, we will gain greater cost transparency thanks to user-pays cost allocation for the individual business areas. Thirdly, joint overhead costs will no longer apply.” Dr Eisenring is therefore confident that the objectives set at the outset have been met in full.
Dr Christoph Hug, Head Corporate Communications HOCHDORF Group, Tel: +41 (0)41 914 65 62 / +41 (0)79 859 19 23, email@example.com
The HOCHDORF group, based in Hochdorf, achieved a consolidated gross turnover of 376.1 million CHF in 2013. It is one of the leading foodstuff companies in Switzerland, employing 362 staff (338 full-time) as at 31 December, 2013. Made from natural ingredients such as milk, whey and wheat germ, HOCHDORF products have been contributing to our health and wellbeing since 1895 – from babies to senior citizens. Its customers include the food industry and the wholesale and retail sectors and our products are sold in over 70 countries. The shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (ISIN CH0024666528).