Douwe Egberts (often abbreviated as DE) is a Dutch corporation that processes and trades coffee, tea, and other groceries. Its full name is Douwe Egberts Koninklijke Tabaksfabriek-Koffiebranderijen-Theehandel NV, which translates as "Douwe Egberts Royal Tobacco Factory - Coffee Roasters - Tea Traders, Plc.".
2001 - The company collaborates with Philips to produce a coffee maker called Senseo.
2007 - Sued the province of Groningen over the introduction of rules stating that all coffee supplied in the province must meet Fair trade criteria set by Stichting Max Havelaar. Courts ruled in favour of the province of Groningen.
2012 - Douwe Egberts becomes an independent Dutch company again, trading under the name D.E Master Blenders 1753 NV
2013 - German investor group Johann A. Benckiser buys Netherlands-headquartered D.E. Master Blenders 1753 NV for $9.8bn, appoints new management and delists company from Euronext stock market. DEMB1753 later buys Norway's Kaffehuset Friele coffee manufacturer. Coffee production in Bergen, Norway, 'will continue as before'.