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1907

Laurens Janssen establishes Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft, OTG.

1953

Laurens Spethmann, the grandson of the company’s founder, steers the company together with his wife Marianne from being a classic tea importer to a tea distributor.

1966

With the launch of the MILFORD brand, the private label producer OTG also becomes a brand name company.

1972

Internationalisation begins with the acquisition of Grosch Tee, Austria (later named Milford Tee Austria).

1976

The acquisition of HUXOL-Teegesellschaft gives the company a new product market.

1983

HUXOL buys the Veelmann production plant in Bad Salzuflen, giving the company a second market with the Veelmann brand for people with diabetes and the health-food brand HUXOL.

1984

OTG purchases the MEDIN food manufacturing plant in Faulbach. Jochen and Michael Spethmann join the company.

1988

The East Frisian tea company OnnO Behrends, in Norden, becomes part of OTG.

1989

OTG purchases the tea distributor Ludwig Schwarz in Buchholz (later Milford Tea).

1990

Meßmer, located in Frankfurt am Main and Grettstadt, becomes part of OTG.

1992

OTG acquires the French company PAGÈS and establishes OTG Lager- und Frachtkontor GmbH, in Buchholz.

1996

Jochen, Michael, and Lauren – the family’s fourth generation – purchase the LSH shares from their parents. Subsequently, Jochen and Michael take over the management of the company.

2001

LSH acquires a 50 per cent share in Nordgetreide cereal manufacturers of Lübeck, with further locations in Falkenhagen and Überherrn.

2007

OTG celebrates its 100th anniversary. Nutrisun is founded in the same year,

2011

The corporate headquarters located in Seevetal are rebuilt.

2016

The new warehouse OTG Lager- und Frachtkontor Süd in Grettstadt is officially unveiled.

2016/2017

Michael and Jochen Spethmann move from LSH’s executive board to the supervisory board and hand over the company’s management to an externally recruited manager for the first time.

2019

LSH becomes a shareholder in the nut and dried fruit specialist fruitwork with its well-known subsidiary nutwork.

2020

Anna and Sara Spethmann from the family’s fifth generation join the company.

2021

LSH becomes a majority shareholder in Schock GmbH. For over 60 years, the company has stood for the highest quality standards in private label bars and snacks made from oats and nuts.

2021

Plant Pack is established to produce sustainable packaging from maize grits.

History

For 110 years, OTG has created a tea culture that connects people. And it remains – in addition to 13 other subsidiaries and shareholdings – LSH’s largest subsidiary. Throughout OTG's long journey to LSH, its 25th anniversary and beyond, it has become clear that only change is constant. And that is why LSH continues to build on tradition and innovation and has the courage to constantly drive change forward. With its brands and products, the company continues to bring daily joy, relaxation, and well-being to its consumers.

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