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The company was founded by Doctor August Oetker in 1891; the first product developed was "Backin", a pre-measured amount of baking powder that, when mixed with 500g of flour and other ingredients, produced a cake.
First World War
Dr. Oetker's son, Rudolf, died in the First World War. However Rudolf, and his wife, Ida, had two children, Rudolf-August and Ursula. Ida Oetker remarried Dr. Richard Kaselowsky, and they subsequently had four more children. Dr. Kaselowsky raised Rudolf-August and Ursula as his own.
Rudolf August Oetker, the grandson of Dr. August Oetker, led the company between 1944 and 1981, and during this period it achieved its highest growth. The company expanded its presence internationally, acquiring many companies around the world. When Rudolf Oetker stepped down from his leadership position, the 4th generation of the Oetker family took over from him. The family ownership established the management principle that "The interests of the company have priority over those of the family" (Annual Report Dr. August Oetker KG, 2005).
Dr. August Oetker, the great-grandson of the founder, has led the company since 1981. Under his tenure it has expanded further in all areas, including shipping, food and brewing.
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The company also operates in Canada and has an office based in Mississauga, Ontario. In 1962, Dr. Oetker entered the Canadian market as Condima Imports Ltd. In 1992, it purchased the "Shirriff" line of products. In 2003, the Condima name was dropped and the company started using the Dr. Oetker brand. In July 2011 Dr. Oetker announced the building of its first North American factory in London, Ontario to make frozen pizzas made from Ontario produce and ingredients that will be shipped in Canada and the USA.
In Estonia, frozen pizzas are available at supermarkets.
The Company operates also in Italy and has factories based in Desenzano del Garda all branded "Cameo". The Original Italian Division was founded in Milano in 1933 as "Oetker" and then later moved to Desenzano del Garda. In 1953 the name is switched to "Cammeo", a more Italian and easy-listening word, changed again for the last time in 1984 in "Cameo" (dropping the double m).
Lithuania has many of Dr. Oetker products in the market. There are frozen pizzas, cooking powder, gelatine, both flavoured and non-flavoured. Surprisingly the price of Dr. Oetker frozen pizzas are the same in both the United Kingdom and Lithuania: in the UK it's £2, while in Lithuania it's about 8 Litų, which is almost the same.
In Namibia, frozen pizzas are available at supermarkets.
In South Africa, frozen pizza products are available at supermarkets.
In the United Kingdom, the company has sites in Leeds, Leyland, Lancashire and Sherburn-in-Elmet. The company was a supplier of yogurt in the UK, under the Onken name which Dr. Oetker now no longer owns. The company also supplies frozen pizza, and acquired the SuperCook range of cake ingredients and partially prepared cake mixes.
Radeberger Group contains the breweries of the Oetker group. Radeberger is Germany's biggest group of breweries and has a market share of about 14-15%. 15 German breweries are part of the Radeberger Group. The major national brands are Radeberger Pils (brewed in Radeberg near Dresden), Jever Pils (brewed in Jever); Clausthaler, an alcohol-free beer, and Schöfferhofer Weizen.
Regional brands are Binding (brewed in Frankfurt), Schultheiss (Berlin), Sternburg (Leipzig), Brinkhoff's (Dortmund), Freiberger (Saxonia), Tucher (Fürth) and various Kölsch brands.
The company runs seven hotels under the brand Oetker Hotel Collection. The portfolio is currently:
- L'Apogée Courchevel in Courchevel, France — situated in the French Alps.
- Brenner's Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany.
- Hotel Le Bristol in Paris, France — located on the Rue Faubourg-St. Honore.
- Chateau Du Domaine St. Martin in Vence, France — between Nice and Antibes.
- Frégate Island Private in the Seychelles.
- Hotel Du Cap - Eden-Roc, Cap d'Antibes, France — a hotel in Cap d'Antibes, on the French Riviera.
- Palais Namaskar in Marrakesh, Morocco.
- "Dr. Oetker History". Dr. Oetker. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- De Bono, Norman (July 26, 2011). "Pizza maker promises to shop locally". London Free Press.
- Mener norsk tradisjonskost svekker salget av frossenpizza. Verdens Gang 2013-07-31.