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Bahlsen is a German food company based in Hanover. It was founded in July 1889 by Hermann Bahlsen as the "Hannoversche Keksfabrik H. Bahlsen". German politician Ernst Albrecht was CEO of Bahlsen in the 1970s and the press gave him the nickname "Cookie Monster".

Bahlsen produces a range of biscuits and cakes. Its best-known product is the Leibniz-Keks (butter biscuit), introduced in 1891. It also makes products such as chocolate-dipped Pick Up! snack bars. Bahlsen operates five production facilities in Europe and exports products to about 55 countries. It also does private-label production.

It remains funded by private capital.[1][2][3]

Between 1943 and 1945, Bahlsen used approximately 200 forced labourers. The majority of the labourers were women from Nazi occupied Ukraine.[4][5]

In February 2013, a gilded bronze sign in the form of a biscuit that hung outside the corporate headquarters in Hanover was stolen overnight. A ransom demand was received asking for donations to a local children's hospital. The sign was returned without payment of the ransom.[6]

Key personnel[edit]

Management board:

  • Scott Brankin
  • Jörg Hönemann
  • Daniela Mündler

Chairman of the Governance Board:

  • Werner M. Bahlsen[7]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG", consulted Oct 2014
  2. ^ "Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG", consulted Oct 2014]
  3. ^ "Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG - History", consulted Oct 2014
  4. ^ "Choco Leibniz biscuit heiress apologises over Nazi-era labour comments". BBC News. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ Huggler, Justin (14 May 2019). "Choco Leibniz biscuit heiress defends family's Nazi-era slave labour". The Telegraph.
  6. ^ "Cookie Monster's 'golden biscuit' found hanging from horse", 5 Feb 2013
  7. ^ "Imprint".

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