Facts and key figures

2017 was characterised by investment, integration and acquisition for the HOCHDORF Group. Investment: additional capacities for the production of Swiss-made infant formula will be available from mid-2018. Integration: the cooperation with Pharmalys is working successfully. Acquisition: the acquisition of Zifru Trockenprodukte GmbH and the Snapz brand will enable the Cereals & Ingredients Division to continue with strategy implementation. Turnover and income figures reached new highs.


The HOCHDORF Group, which was founded in 1895 and has its headquarters in Hochdorf (near Lucerne) maintains two milk plants in Switzerland and one milk plant in both Lithuania and Germany (60% stake). In addition, high-quality infant formula is produced at the Swiss milk plants. Furthermore, HOCHDORF has a cereal plant in Switzerland (processing wheat germ) and an oil mill and a fruit and vegetable-drying plant in Germany. In South Africa, HOCHDORF produces chocolate for the African market. As of the end of 2017, HOCHDORF had a 51% majority holding in the Pharmalys Group and a 65% stake in Snapz Foods AG. HOCHDORF is among the leading food companies in Switzerland and at 31.12.2017 had more than 700 employees worldwide. HOCHDORF products contribute towards health and well-being, from babies to senior citizens. The products are sold to the food industry and to the wholesale and retail trade and consumers in over 90 countries.

Our strategic objective

The HOCHDORF Group is an independent global company operating in the business areas Dairy Ingredients, Baby Care and Cereals & Ingredients. As a food company, we are guided by the Swiss values of «reliability», «quality» and «precision». As a company operating in niche markets, it is HOCHDORF’s aim to keep the agility of a medium-sized company and conquer new markets by showing the necessary courage. The HOCHDORF Group focuses on premium markets and offers its customers a correspondingly high standard of service. In the medium term, HOCHDORF wants to grow with high-value-added products such as higher quality milk derivatives, infant formula and healthy Kids' Food and snacks. To improve its earnings figures, HOCHDORF is aiming for forward integration in terms of both sales and products.

Financial data

Key figures in the annual report

Key figures  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Processed milk and whey in tonnes 650,017 741,769 761,240 506,963 455,647
Products sold, in tonnes 190,499 237,054 242,821 99,155 91,699
Total assets (in TCHF) 582,270 425,474 340,396 331,109 243,485
Equity ratio 53.10% 10.80% 56.60% 43.20% 42.60%
Cash flow from operating activities (in TCHF) 6,019 24,227 18,134 20,546 18,196
Market capitalisation (in TCHF) 410,700 444,417 242,044 147,787 93,600
Share price as at 31.12. in CHF 286.25 309.75 168.70 138.00 104.00
Earnings per share in CHF 18.43 14.12 11.73 17.45 6.95
Staffing levels at 31.12. 695 633 625 573 362

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