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We are Schmitz

In 1911, Peter Schmitz Senior foun­ded the Metz­ge­rei Schmitz in Heins­berg-Strae­ten at the wes­tern­most point of Ger­ma­ny. His child­ren and grand­child­ren now con­ti­nue the family tra­di­ti­on in the third genera­ti­on and over the years have turned the tran­quil but­cher’s shop into a remar­kab­le enter­pri­se. The values of that time are still lived today: tra­di­ti­on, down-to-eart­hi­ness and the uncon­di­tio­nal love to fresh­ness and qua­li­ty.


Our Histo­ry

We can look back on over a hund­red years of com­pa­ny histo­ry.

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Foun­da­ti­on of the Schmitz but­cher’s shop

Peter Schmitz Senior founds the coun­try but­cher’s shop in Heins­berg-Strae­ten. After his death, the com­pa­ny was taken over by his wife Katha­ri­na Schmitz.
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Foun­da­ti­on of Gebrü­der Schmitz GmbH

Gebrü­der Schmitz GmbH is foun­ded by the Schmitz sons Heinz and the then 15-year-old Peter Schmitz (2nd genera­ti­on) — bund­ling slaugh­te­ring, pro­duc­tion and sales.
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First major order from the Bun­des­wehr

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Estab­lish­ment and start of tra­ding part­nerships

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Take­over of a tra­di­tio­nal Colo­gne com­pa­ny

Take­over of the tra­di­tio­nal Colo­gne com­pa­ny “Gie­r­ath & Stef­fens”. Pro­duc­tion sites now in Heins­berg-Strae­ten & Colo­gne, mana­ged by Astrid Schmitz and Andree Schulz (3rd genera­ti­on).
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Expan­si­on of the Colo­gne loca­ti­on

for meat cut­ting & enlar­ge­ment of sau­sa­ge pro­duc­tion
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Relo­ca­ti­on of the com­pa­ny head­quar­ters to Colo­gne

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QS cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on

The QS test mark iden­ti­fies fresh food. The pre­re­qui­si­te for cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is com­pli­an­ce with the sta­tuto­ry requi­re­ments across all stages, as well as with cri­te­ria that go beyond them. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is regu­lar­ly con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Con­ver­si­on of Heins­berg pro­duc­tion and expan­si­on of sli­cing plant

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Higher Level IFS cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on

The IFS cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on states that GS Schmitz is respon­si­ble for food safety and for the qua­li­ty of pro­ces­ses and pro­duc­ts. Fur­ther­mo­re, our pro­duc­ts comply with all spe­ci­fied spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons and legal requi­re­ments. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is regu­lar­ly con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Expan­si­on of the Colo­gne loca­ti­on to a pro­duc­tion area of 8000 m².
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ÖKOPROFIT cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on

GS Schmitz par­ti­ci­pa­tes in an envi­ron­men­tal impro­ve­ment pro­gram­me. The aim is to reduce waste, save energy and water. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is regu­lar­ly con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Hard to belie­ve qua­li­ty.”

The Schmitz family pig is born, the begin­ning of the “hardly to belie­ve qua­li­ty”.
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VLOG cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on

This seal dis­tin­guis­hes foods that are free from gene­tic engi­nee­ring. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is regu­lar­ly con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Orga­nic cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on

Orga­nic seal for GS Schmitz. The cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is regu­lar­ly con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Birth of the Flönz-Butler

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Price for long-term pro­duct qua­li­ty

Award of the German Agri­cul­tu­ral Socie­ty with the “Award for Long-Term Pro­duct Qua­li­ty”. This seal stands for sustainab­le stri­ving for qua­li­ty and is only awar­ded if com­pa­nies under­go vol­un­ta­ry qua­li­ty tests by the DLG test centre five years in a row and achie­ve at least three awards per award year.
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Mas­ter­ly at the but­cher’s cham­pi­ons­hip

We exclu­si­ve­ly use regio­nal reci­pes and the arti­san pre­pa­ra­ti­on is car­ri­ed out accord­ing to tra­di­tio­nal but­che­ry methods. The smo­king takes place exclu­si­ve­ly over 100% natu­ral and cer­ti­fied sustainab­ly pro­du­ced beech wood shavings. Our sau­sa­ges and hams are pro­du­ced only with the hig­hest-qua­li­ty and fresh raw mate­ri­als.


Insights into the Schmitz uni­ver­se

A little tour

Immer­se yours­elf in the crafts of GS Schmitz.

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Regio­nal reci­pes and the tra­di­tio­nal but­cher’s pre­pa­ra­ti­on are what dis­tin­guish us from others.”

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The Schmitz Master But­chers
Klassiker Wurstwaren
Schmitz Metzgermeister


Only the best is good enough

The best qua­li­ty of the ingre­dients and the tra­di­tio­nal pro­ces­sing are Schmit­z’s hig­hest duty. This is what our family stands for — for over 100 years. It is unders­tood that inde­pen­dent insti­tu­tes regu­lar­ly test all our pro­duc­ts.  At Schmitz, you can be sure to get not­hing but the fres­hest, best meat. This is a matter of family honour!

Somehow, you can taste the ori­gi­na­li­ty, from the deli­cious smoked sau­sa­ges, the hearty cooked sau­sa­ges, the juicy ham and roast. That is why Schmitz pro­duc­ts are popu­lar and well known not only on the Rhine, but also throughout the coun­try.

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and offi­ci­al seals

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