History

Creativity and Know-How from Day One

Pit Süsswaren Historie
1920

1920

Nutritional chemicist Otto Hoffmann started producing baking soda as a student.

Until 1945

Otto Hoffmann ran a large company producing a wide range of candies and nutritional products in the Sudentenland (modern Czech Republic)

1946

Hoffmann founds "Forsting Nutrition Factory" near Wasserburg am Inn in Bavaria, West Germany. Using very basic equipment, Hoffmann and his team start producing nutritional products from the very limited supplies available then: Baking flour, whipping cream, ersatz chocolate and marzipan and corn molasses.

1947-1949

The company moves to Stephanskirchen by Rosenheim. A modern candy factory is constructed on the grounds of a former Flak base under the new name of "Pit", producing filled and unfilled hard caramel candies and lollipops.

1952-1958

Pit produces the first fizzy cube suckers and the popular Fizzy Pit. The first "Tex Schmelz Glucose Drops" are produced under Swiss license. (The brand will soon become a Pit brand.) The founder's son Rainer Hoffmann joins the company.

1969

Company founder and manager Otto Hoffmann passes away.

1982-1999

Pit reacts to the changing market: Along with candy, Pit now produces nutritional supplements, such as yeast, Propolis, Spirulina and first and foremost wheat germ tablets. The company undertakes major investments into technology. For example, a continuous fluidized bed system was installed for granulated sugar in 1999 to replace the old, laborious process.

2000

Rupert Hoffmann joins the company in the third generation. The two East German classics "Peppy" and "Citro" are included in the line-up. First organic certification through BCS Nuremberg.

2003-2009

Pit modernizes and expands its equipment pool. Production and storage area expanded to approx. 6000 sqm (65000 sq. ft.), including new two-piece gel capsule filling machines for powder and pellets, as well as stick-pack, fliptop box and blister machines. Customer base grows beyond German borders. An IFS5 (higher-level) Quality Management System is implemented.

2011

Rupert Hoffmann assumes company management.

2013

Pit takes over production and distribution of "Becks Cocoa" brand, a German-language chocolate maker.

Future

Pit aims for higher market penetration and market development for our in-house brands,

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