CUSTOMER FOCUS – SINCE 1964
Placing the customer at the focal point of our thoughts and actions – that is the fundamental maxim of the Hawesko Group. Whether the origin be the year 1964 from a garage in Hamburg or 1974 from a rustical barn in Düsseldorf – we have consistently pursued this idea. It continues to be the basis of our concept today.
The hot and long summer puts a damper on wine consumption - still, the Hawesko Group can record a sales increase of 3.4%. The Group expands its portfolio of retail brands with the fine-wine market leader in Austria, Wein & Co., and continues its strategy of profitable growth with an operating profit (EBIT) of € 28 million.
Group sales climb by 5.4% to € 507 Million and crack the half-billion mark. Acquisitions WeinArt and Grand Cru Select as well as WirWinzer contribute to half of the growth. With an operating result of € 30 million the Group demonstrates its earning power.
Transformation begins towards a more viable structure for the future: the parent company is expanded into an active holding company and central service platforms start to be introduced. This will relieve the Group's B2B and retail brands of administrative tasks and allow them to concentrate more on their core business. Record sales (€ 481 m) and EBIT (€ 29 m) figures.
Longstanding supervisory board member Detlev Meyer takes over a majority of shares and completes a change-of-control. A new generation comes into the Board of Management.
The Group celebrates two milestone anniversaries: HAWESKO turns 50, Jacques’ Wein-Depot 40. Both can look back on success stories. In this anniversary year the Group achieves sales of € 478 million and employs 925 people. Jacques’ Wein-Depot operates 285 locations.
The Spanish wine specialist Wein & Vinos, with its strong e-commerce business, comes into the Group. Online sales become more significant. The milepost of € 450 million is nearly reached.
The Wine Company starts business sending wine to Sweden.
In spite of the financial crisis, sales remain at the level of the previous year – the figure for free cash flow achieves its highest level so far. With the acquisition of Globalwine, a pillar is added in Switzerland.
40-year anniversary of HAWESKO and 30-year anniversary of Jacques’ Wein-Depot. The 250th depot opens. Group sales come to € 286 million.
Beginning of cooperation with Marchesi Antinori, one of the most renowned Italian wine producers. Opening of the 200th Jacques’ Wein-Depot location.
The Hawesko Group acquires a 90% majority in the historic Lübeck wine trader Carl Tesdorpf Weinhandel, founded 1678, and in the Wein Wolf Group, active in wholesale and distribution. The Hawesko Group expands by nearly half as a result.
The Hawesko Group is created by spin-offs of the wine mail-order company HAWESKO, the wine shop retailer Jacques' Wein-Depot as well as wine wholesaler CWD from Metro AG. The new company lists on the stock exchange in May and breaks out of the Metro Group. Sales amount to € 155 million.
Opening of a new logistics center for HAWESKO and wholesaler CWD; Jacques’ Wein-Depot has at this point 130 depots.
The 100th Jacques’ Wein-Depot location opens.
Kaufhof Holding AG, part of the Metro Group, acquires a 70% majority in HAWESKO und wholesaler CWD.
Wine wholesaler CWD Champagner- und Wein-Distributionsgesellschaft is founded.
Jacques’ Wein-Depot and all 50 locations are taken over by Horten AG (later a part of Kaufhof Holding AG and then the Metro Group).
The sons of Peter Margaritoff, Alexander and Dimiter, take over HAWESKO from their father; sales amount to 10 million Deutschmarks.
Two wine enthusiasts, Frenchman Jacques Héon and German Dr. Olaf Müller-Soppart, open the first Jacques’ Wein-Depot in Düsseldorf and revolutionise wine retail in Germany with their concept.
Entrepreneur Peter Margaritoff of Hamburg starts the wine mail-order company Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor (Hawesko). The first storage and sending facility is a garage.