Our history

Generations of passion for fruit

Our company was founded by Franz Zentis in 1893. A love of fruit is what turned a regional colonial goods merchant in Aachen into an internationally active family business and one of Europe’s leading fruit processors. Read here about how it all began:

1893

1900s

1920s

1930s

1950s

1960s

Dairy products became not only more fruity but also more exotic. Varieties like banana and pineapple satisfied customers’ yearning for distant places. Another new product of the mid-60s was ‘Warm Flavour’ preparations. Zentis delighted Germans everywhere with its chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut varieties. This laid the foundation for subsequent innovations such as the first Schokosplits for stracciatella yoghurt in 1998.

1970s

1990s

2000s

Today