Our history

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The history of Wernsing began in 1962 in Lower Saxony Addrup with the founding of a production facility for French fries. The then 28-year-old Heinrich Wernsing laid the foundations for a special success story in the course of which the small family business became a modern, dynamic and responsible company.

1965

The assortment of products is expanded to include mayonnaise as well as tomato and curry ketchup.

1962

The company is founded by Heinrich Wernsing with a production facility for French fries.

1964

Potato salad is included in production.

1976

Vegetable salads are introduced into the range: White cabbage, red cabbage, carrot and cucumber.

1978

The factory outlet in Addrup is opened under the name Salatshop.

1979

The first laboratory is built. Traditional gourmet production begins. Gourmet salads such as bean salad, cucumber salad, Mexico salad and farmer salad are introduced into the range.

1982

Production of frozen French fries begins.

1980

Wernsing Feinkost GmbH is established.

1980

The first export activities of salads to the Netherlands begin.

1984

A pilot plant for sliced potatoes and boiled potatoes is set up.

1987

The staff moves into the newly built offices and newly established Salatshop.

1990

A 11,000-sqm speciality factory for potato products and ready meals is put into operation.

2000

A generation change takes place after the company founder Heinrich Wernsing gradually hands over the reins to his son Stefan Wernsing.

1995

Construction of a central warehouse begins as dry, refrigerated and frozen storage for 10,000 pallets.

1999

A coating line for wedges and seasoned French fries is put into operation.

2007

An additional French fries line is set up after an increase in capacity.

2001

The production of hash browns and croquettes begins.

2002

Parts of the Pfanni factories in Cloppenburg are included in the areas of potato products and soups.

2017

The new management (from left to right): Alfred Kessen, Stefan Trenkamp, Stefan Wernsing, Andreas Sostmann, Martin Ponzel

2015

The TKS line is constructed to produce frozen potato specialities.

2016

The coating line in the French fries department is modernised.