Next generation in at Bergader
From left to right: Frank Forstmann, Felix Kress and Beatrice Kress
The Bergader private cheese dairy in Germany can look back on almost 120 years of family tradition, since it was founded by cheese pioneer Basil Weixler in 1902. Now another generation is taking his place in the medium-sized traditional company. Managing director Beatrice Kress handed over the baton to her son Felix Kress on 1 January at the age of 69 and will continue to advise the management as a partner and chairwoman of the advisory board.
“It fills me with joy and gratitude to be able to hand over our family business to the next generation. We have prepared the generation change well in advance and I have complete confidence that Felix Bergader will lead successfully into the future,” says Kress.
The private cheese dairy with its 670 employees is the market leader in the blue cheese category in Germany and the most important exporter of German blue cheese, it says. Its best-known brands include Bavaria blu, Almzeit, Bergbauern Käse, Bonifaz and 1902.
In December 2020 Bergader received the ‘Bavaria’s Best 50’ award for the third time from the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, making it one of the 50 fastest growing medium-sized companies in Bavaria.
Felix Kress is a business informatics graduate specialising in finance and information management, and he initially gained professional experience outside of the family business. He has been with Bergader for several years and most recently headed the controlling and supply chain departments. Last autumn, the 33-year-old also took over the personnel department.
“It has always been important to my family to make things special, to dare innovative ideas within the framework of our company philosophy and to take responsibility for the employees. I am happy to be able to continue the family tradition in the fourth generation. Together with our employees, our 1250 farmers and many long-term business partners, I will position Bergader for the challenges of the future,” says Kress.
Frank Forstmann will continue as managing director at Bergader, a role he has held since 2017.