He founded a tea dynasty – and everyone knows at least one of his brands …
Laurens HC Spethmann, founder of the tea empire of the same name, died at the age of 91.
As Spethmann Holding announced on Thursday, he died on Saturday in Jesteburg in the Harburg district. Well-known brands of the company include Messmer and Milford.
“Laurens Spethmann was a truly extraordinary entrepreneur and person. His courage, hard work and determination shape the corporate spirit of Laurens Spethmann Holding to this day, ”said CEO Lars Wagener.
The food company Laurens Spethmann Holding AG & Co. KG is run in the fourth generation as a family business with headquarters in Seevetal near Hamburg and has an annual turnover of around 705 million euros.
Spethmann also got involved socially, created a foundation that supports programs for child, youth and elderly care. In sport, he founded the international tournament company Luhmühlen, which organizes an eventing tournament every year.
In 2014 he received the Hamburg Founder Prize for his life’s work.