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


Our Histo­ry

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

11.11. 2018 — 11.11 a.m.
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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) — 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

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

for meat cut­ting & incre­a­sed 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 of pro­duc­tion, as well as with cri­te­ria that go beyond them. This cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is 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, this cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on ensu­res that its pro­ducts comply with all spe­ci­fied spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­ons and legal requi­re­ments. This cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is 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. This cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on is con­fir­med by annu­al­ly audits.
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Hard to belie­ve qua­li­ty.”

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

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

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

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Price for long-term pro­duct qua­li­ty

A German Agri­cul­tu­ral Socie­ty cita­ti­on with the “Award for Long-Term Pro­duct Qua­li­ty”. This seal reco­gni­s­es sus­tai­ned 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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Demons­tra­ble but­che­ry skills Mas­ter­ly at the butcher’s cham­pions­hip

We use regio­nal reci­pes exclu­si­ve­ly. 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 of 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 clear 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 in, for examp­le, the deli­cious smoked sau­sa­ges, the hearty cooked sau­sa­ges, the juicy hams and roast. That is why Schmitz pro­ducts are popu­lar and well known not only along the Rhine, but also throughout the Ger­ma­ny.

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and offi­cial seals

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