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A specialist in the natural product of pectin

Herbstreith & Fox is recognised globally as a manufacturer of high-quality pectin for the food and non-food industries. The carefully developed and high-quality H&F product range provides pectin for a wide variety of applications. H&F is the global market leader for apple pectin. The company can look back over a successful history since it was founded in 1934 and, as a traditional company, embraces the concept of the family.

The development of Herbstreith & Fox's has continued over time and today the H&F Group operates internationally. In addition to the extensive pectin range, the corporate group also produces and markets many other products with a focus on purely plant-based ingredients.

Want to be part of our team? If so, then take a look at our current job advertisements in the career section. Karrierebereich.

H&F Group

Herbstreith & Fox has its headquarters in Neuenbürg/Germany and, since was founded in 1934, has developed into an international corporate group specialising in high-quality, plant-based ingredients.

The H&F Group has a global reputation for sophisticated, highly functional product ranges offering excellent quality and innovative application concepts. This German family company’s areas of business comprise high-quality food ingredients supplemented by additional areas such as animal nutrition and food supplements.

The core expertise of the H&F Group is the manufacture of high-quality pectin variants and an extensive range of multifunctional dietary fibres derived from fruits and vegetables for the food and non-food industries.

Company history

Since 1934, the family company has continued to develop and is today the H&F Group which operates internationally. Further information on the company's dynamic history and the development of Herbstreith & Fox, a German family-run concern, is available here.

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Research and development

Research and development are the main priority at Herbstreith & Fox and have resulted in the company firmly establishing itself as a recognised specialist for pectin. From basic research through to application-oriented research, all areas together form the basis of the extensive technical knowledge within the company. The expertise as well as the extensive experience of Herbstreith & Fox offer the perfect basis for the provision of customer-focused advice, individual product solutions and varied applications.

For the H&F experts, the customer is the focus. The creation and ongoing development of technically advanced information relating to the manufacture of palatable and contemporary foods with the perfect texture.

A large proportion of employees work in research and development. Up-to-date information relating to pectins, dietary fibres, fruit sweeteners and secondary plant substances is produced regularly. R&D is constantly searching for optimised pectins for new products and applications, for raw materials with particular properties and for improved more cost-effective production processes.

H&F maintains a global research network. Research groups with many years of experience and with highly developed technical knowledge of the characteristic properties of pectins are supported. This network ensures that H&F is able to use the latest findings at all times and to actively contribute to customer-oriented product solutions with broader specialist knowledge.


Quality management

H&F stands for reliable good quality, legality and security of high-class
pektines, which results in success of our company with long tradition on the global market

The extensive system of testing within the entire manufacturing process guarantees a consistently high level of quality and food safety for H&F products. All process stages are carefully and systematically monitored from the raw materials, auxiliary materials and additives delivered to the intermediate and final products.

Quality assurance in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001 means that the globally recognised food safety management system under the Food Safety System Certification standard (FSSC 22000) has been implemented since 2014.

Energy management

As an energy intensive company, we have been focused on the efficient use of energy for many years. In order to protect resources, we are working continually on optimising production processes. We review our processes from both an environmental and economic perspective on an ongoing basis. As part of this, our employees contribute significantly to the continued increases in our energy efficiency.

In our energy policy we are committed to compliance with all relevant requirements relating to energy legislation and also to ensuring, by means of continual improvement, energy provision and use which is reliable, resource-efficient and economically viable.

Economic efficiency and environmental protection are closely linked right from the development stage of products and processes and in the design of production facilities. As part of our feasibility studies we analyse the life-cycle costs of the facility. This takes into account both the long-term operating costs as well as the energy costs.

In our energy team we review the energy targets and energy-related performance at regular intervals. This also includes the assessment of measures implemented as well as our action plans.

Our energy management system complies with the international standard in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001and is certified. Many measures contribute to the constant increases in energy efficiency of production processes. Through the ongoing optimisation of energy use in our production, we are seeking to contribute to the increased sustainability of our products, to lower CO2 emissions and as a result to climate protection.2-Ausstoß und somit zum Klimaschutz leisten.

Art at H&F

The commitment to sustainability and the social environment is firmly established within the corporate culture of the H&F Group. A high level of commitment to employees and social concerns is a basis for trust. Culture is also supported: Since 1982, the HF group has been providing artists with the opportunity to create a work around the theme of “Apple” using a wide variety of techniques and artistic styles. We continue to support this today. Over the years this has brought together a wide range of techniques and artistic styles. The number of prints is limited. Each apple design is included, for example, in the annual H&F wall calendar.

Advice on pectins and their applications

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like individual advice.

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