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The group’s three breweries have a total capacity of 10 million hectolitres. In 2013/14, a total of 5.93 million hectolitres of beer, soft drinks and malt wort products were sold, corresponding to an increase of 3.3% compared to the year before. The increase was especially driven by increased sales in the international markets outside Northern Europe, while sales in the Northern European markets were lower than last year.

High capacity and flexibility are strategic focus areas in the ongoing opera­tional management and production development across all production units – among other things with a view to optimising the handling of sea­sonal fluctuations and general order intake. During the financial year, fur­ther efforts were made to strengthen the coordination of the group’s pur­chasing, planning, production and logistics as well as the link with the sales organisation, in order to ensure better and more efficient utilisation of re­sources, speed up the entire supply chain and increase its efficiency. The aim is to create both operational synergies and improved customer service, and Harboe is expecting to see positive results due to these efforts, for ex­ample in connection with the high season in the coming financial year.

 

 

1975

Beer production started in Haljala.
During the first year, 640.000 litres of beer was produced. Beer production gained volume fast and in the next year more than five million litres of beer was made in Haljala. Ziguli, the first beer product, was shortly followed by new product names like Ziguli Special Brew, Riia (Riga), Moskva (Moscow) and Kuldne Oder (Golden Barley). In July 1990 the first brew of dark lager was made. In 1991, Toolse beer was launched which stayed in the beer assortment till 2010.

In 1992 the tradition of releasing a speciality beer for Christmas started. The first Christmas beer, a seasonal dark beer, was called Jõulumees (Santa Claus).

1991

The brewery of Viru Collective Farm was formed into AS Viru Õlu, a local shareholder company.

1992

Harboes Bryggeri A/S became the biggest shareholder of AS Viru Õlu.

Major reconstruction began to expand the production facilities. Investments were made into new technology, aimed to bring the beer to high quality standards.

1995

Besides beer, production of soft drinks started – Orange Drink, Original Taste Cola and Aqua Water.

Keg filling was built to start filling beer tanks for local pubs and restaurants.

1997

Under the licence of Harboes Bryggeri A/S, first bottles of Bear Beer were filled. Locally, Bear Beer was a strong lager beer which quickly became popular among Estonian consumers.

2003

New PET bottle filling line was installed.

In addition to the existing soft drinks, Mõmmi (Teddy Bear) traditional lemonade was launched. In the same year Hustler energy drink was introduced. The new energy drink spread over the market surprisingly fast and became one of the most popular energy drinks in Estonia.

2008

In February 2008 Harboes Bryggeri A/S, the owner of AS Viru Õlu, concluded a contract, based upon which it purchased Puls trademark and related assets. Gradually the preliminary assortment of Puls beers was accomplished by new beers and ciders, new packages appeared.

2009

Wiru Kadakaõlu (beer with juniper taste) was nominated the title of Best Alcoholic Drink in Estonia in 2009.

2010

For the third year in a row Puls Jäägriõlu was selected The Best Christmas Beer at Tallinn Foodfest.

2011

New bottling line was installed to manufacture gourmet products – beers and organic soft drinks. Filling line for PET kegs started, offering a modern ontrade solution for faraway markets.

2012

Canning line for canned beer and soft drinks was installed to fulfill the growing need for canned drinks in the market.

GB Wild Dark was nominated the best Christmas beer at Tallinn Foodfest.

As an international drinks manufacturer, product quality and safety are paramount to us. Harboe will meet the highest international food safety standards by using raw materials with a high and consistent quality throughout the entire value chain - from raw material to final product.

Harboe's quality requirements to raw material suppliers follow this ambition and product quality is evaluated systematically.

Investments in quality improvements and optimisation of production facilities are made to ensure that Harboe meets international standards and expectations for quality and hygiene at all times. All production units are certified in accordance with international quality standards, and systematic follow-up and controls are carried out.

History

1991

On 29 May 1991 Harboes Bryggeri A/S founded Darguner Brauerei GmbH under the name “Darguner Klosterbrauerei” in the city of Dargun in Mecklenburg Vorpommern in the north-eastern part of Germany. The history of beer production in Dargun dates back to the middle ages where Danish monks were the first to use the great ingredients of the area to make beer.

The brewery’s first canning line is installed.

1992 -1995

The brew house, the fermentation and storage cellars are built. The brewery has filtration and water treatment for a capacity of approx. 350.000 hl beer.

A new glass bottle filling line is up and running, and the brewery gets its own laboratory.

To stock products a warehouse is built.

1996-1997

The capacity of the brewery is expanded to approx. 700.000 hl.

1998

17 March 1998 – Darguner Klosterbrauerei changes name to Darguner Brauerei GmbH.

1999-2000

In November 1999 a new era starts as it is decided to take up the production of mineral water and soft drinks. After only 6 months of construction the filling line for non-alcoholic products in PET bottles is ready in June 2000 and on 4 July 2000 the first products are filled.

Darguner Brauerei GmbH has its own mineral water well in the vicinity of Dargun.

2001

In October 2001 a second filling line for PET bottles is installed.

2003-2005

As one of the first breweries in Germany, Darguner Brauerei GmbH starts production of beer in PET bottles.
At the same time the expansion of the brew house begins, doubling the capacity. An expansion of the warehouse is also done.
Darguner Brauerei has a capacity of 1.8 mio hl and belongs to one of the biggest breweries in Germany.

2006

In November 2006 investments are made in an aseptic state-of-the art filling line for non-alcoholic drinks without the use of any preservatives. NFC juices, smoothies, nectars etc. are filled here.

A new warehouse is built.

2010

In February 2010 a new filling line for bottles is introduced at the brewery.

2012

In February/March 2012 a new canning line is installed to increase capacity and providing new packaging options.
In June 2012 The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture awards Darguner Brauerei GmbH with the „Bundesehrenpreis“ for outstanding achievements in the DLG Quality Test for beer.

2013

In 2013 The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture awards Darguner Brauerei GmbH with the "Bundesehrenpreis"

for outstanding achievements in the DLG Quality Test for fruit drinks.

2015

At the Anuga Exhibition 2015, Darguner Brauerei GmbH received the "Bundesehrenpreis" for its acheivements in the DLG Quality Test for juices. The award is granted by The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and is the most prestigious award that German food and beverage companies can hold.

2016

Darguner Brauerei is celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2016.

 

Beginning of the Year a new warehouse is built.

In April 2016 The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture awards Darguner Brauerei GmbH with the „Bundesehrenpreis“ for outstanding achievements in the DLG Quality Test for beer. 2016 is a very famous year for all German breweries due the 500th anniversary of the German Purity law.

In May 2016 a new filling line for kegs is introduced at the brewery.

2017

In May 2017 a new filling line for cans is introduced at the brewery.

 

 Visit the darguner.de website.

 

All production units in Harboe Group are certified in accordance with international quality standards. We use raw materials with a high and consistent quality throughout the entire value chain.

Investments in quality improvements and optimization of production facilities are made to ensure that we meet international standards and expectations for quality and hygiene at all times.

In Harboe Group we are able to offer products produced according to the following requirements/standards:

  • Kosher
  • Halal
  • Organic

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The group’s three breweries have a total capacity of 10 million hectolitres. In 2013/14, a total of 5.93 million hectolitres of beer, soft drinks and malt wort products were sold, corresponding to an increase of 3.3% compared to the year before. The increase was especially driven by increased sales in the international markets outside Northern Europe, while sales in the Northern European markets were lower than last year.

High capacity and flexibility are strategic focus areas in the ongoing opera­tional management and production development across all production units – among other things with a view to optimising the handling of sea­sonal fluctuations and general order intake. During the financial year, fur­ther efforts were made to strengthen the coordination of the group’s pur­chasing, planning, production and logistics as well as the link with the sales organisation, in order to ensure better and more efficient utilisation of re­sources, speed up the entire supply chain and increase its efficiency. The aim is to create both operational synergies and improved customer service, and Harboe is expecting to see positive results due to these efforts, for ex­ample in connection with the high season in the coming financial year.

History

1883

Harboes Bryggeri is founded in the city of Skaelskoer, Denmark by three entrepreneurial businessmen. They identified a business opportunity in providing beer to the local community. Among the founders was Jørgen Harboe, whose son, Gunner Harboe, was educated by brew masters in Germany. Gunner was appointed the first brew master at the brewery in Skælskør. Malt beer and lager beer were the first products brewed, and the beer was stored in wooden barrels and distributed to the local community by horse cart.

1957

Harboes Bryggeri becomes a joint stock company.

1989

Harboes Bryggeri becomes a public limited company.

1991

On 29 May 1991 Harboes Bryggeri A/S founds a daughter company under the name “Darguner Klosterbrauerei” in the city of Dargun in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the north-eastern part of Germany.

1992

Harboes Bryggeri A/S invests in the Estonian brewery AS Viru Õlu, becoming the biggest shareholder.

2002

A canning line is installed and we are now able to offer products in 33 cl. can and 0.5 l. cans.

2004

A new PET production unit for 0.5 l bottles is introduced.

2005

PET production unit for 2 liter bottles is started. At the PET units, we can also fill 1.5 liter PET bottles and full-sleeve 33 cl. PET bottles.

2008

The company is appointed Purveyor of the Royal Danish Court.

2009

Gourmetbryggeriet, a Danish micro brewery famous for its speciality beer, is bought by Harboes Bryggeri A/S.

2014

A new packaging machine is being installed in our canning line, increasing our possibility of offering new packaging options.