Bahlsen is a German food company based in Hanover. It was founded in July 1889 by Hermann Bahlsen as the "Hannoversche Cakesfabrik H. Bahlsen". Led by his grandson Werner Bahlsen, the company remains in family control. 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. Bahlsen also makes upscale 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.
The company was victimised by a practical joker in February 2013. The corporate sign was removed and ransomed in exchange for donations to a local children's hospital. The company refused to submit to blackmail; the sign was returned anyway.
|Owner & Chairman of the Management Board||Werner M. Bahlsen|
|Management Board||Werner M. Bahlsen
|Head of Corporate Communications||Christian Bahlmann|
- businessweek.com: "Company Overview of Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG", consulted Oct 2014
- referenceforbusiness.com: "Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG - Company Profile, Information, Business Description, History, Background Information on Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG", consulted Oct 2014]
- hoovers.com: "Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG - History", consulted Oct 2014
- telegraph.co.uk: "Cookie Monster's 'golden biscuit' found hanging from horse", 5 Feb 2013
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