Founding of RAPS & Co., as a spice merchant in Hamburg by the registered pharmacist Adalbert Raps.
Alongside trading, new production methods were developed. The focus here was on salt-free flavourings.
After the war the RAPS company building was reconstructed in Hamburg. A part of production was moved away.
At the Goldenen Feld in 1953 Adalbert Raps laid the foundation stone for the first Kulmbach factory.
With the development of GLUTALIN, the first flavour enhancer for sausage production, the success story of the Kulmbach based flavouring company took off.
RAPS moves its headquarters from Hamburg to Kulmbach.
Start-up of the ultra-modern production plant for producing essential oils and extracts.
RAPS becomes the first company to use Biofrost cold milling. This process ensures that essential oils are not lost during the crushing process.
On 6 November 1975 Adalbert Raps dies at the age of 87.
Horst Kühne takes over management of RAPS and steps into Adalbert Raps shoes. Horst Kühne had worked for the company since his apprenticeship and had in-depth knowledge of the business and the necessary entrepreneurial breadth of vision.
The foundation was started up on 17 August 1976. It supports charitable purposes, social organisations as well as research projects in the food processing industry.
In order to push ahead with international business growth, the first overseas subsidiaries are founded.
Move into the new administration and production buildings in Adalbert-Raps-Strasse.
The coating plant, a new technology for coating ingredients, comes online.
The special despatch service RAPS DIREKT offers everything needed for catering and parties. Today this subsidiary is called BATANIA.
RAPS builds a new coating plant and expands the liquid plant.
RAPS develops extracts which are identical in taste to the natural spices. Extracts also have a number of benefits for processing.
RAPS further extends its activities in the area of herbs and takes over the marjoram works in Aschersleben MAWEA.
Market launch of the first anti-oxidant to prolong the shelf life of products containing fats.
RAPS is the first German spice producer to be quality certified under DIN EN ISO 9001.
The new high-bay warehouse comes online. It is regarded as the most modern anywhere in Europe.
Thanks to the development and marketing of the new CPF technology (Concentrated Powder Form), liquids and fats can now be turned into easily measured powders.
RAPS buys up 51 % of the shares in FLEDI GmbH in Versmold, a specialist in the production of fresh pastes and liquid spice mixtures. [FLEDI GmbH]
For his outstanding business performance, Horst Kühne is awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the FederalRepublic of Germany.
After 30 successful years in the job, Horst Kühne leaves the company for health reasons. He has built the company up into an international high-technology solution provider. Frank Kühne takes over as the third generation at the helm of the family company.
The sale of MAWEA GmbH is a step towards the logical focus on core business activities.
RAPS totally reorganises the sales structure. From now on sales are split into the market segments of DeliCo, Catering and Industry.
As the Managing Director Frank Kühne takes over sole responsibility for the RAPS group of companies.
FLEDI GmbH becomes a 100% owned subsidiary. The combined sales force allows customers to receive service from a single source. [FLEDI GmbH]
The expansion of the past years requires better technical support.
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