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Dr. Förster AG: "Reloading the brand"

Hamburg, Neu-Isenburg, Aachen – Optimism for the Dr. Förster brand: The restructuring has been completed, the new management from Hamburg sees excellent prospects for the traditional company, which specializes in natural-based pharmaceuticals, high-quality cosmetics and modern dietary supplements. They are waiting with ambitious goals – and are using the time to develop further products from the laboratory ´zu holen´ and to bring them to market maturity. Since 1927, cosmetics and natural-based pharmaceuticals have been manufactured under the Dr. Förster brand. The enterprise was created by the Leipziger physician Dr. Walter F?rster, which had successfully developed the mark together with the Neu-Isenburger buyer Franz charcoal burner. The company has been based in Neu-Isenburg since the post-war years and has survived turbulent times.

Finally, there was a top-class and sales-strong team around the Hamburg merchant Ralph Thelen, who took over the traditional brand and integrated it into his companies. The new beginning has been a success. “The brand is experiencing enormous demand, especially from abroad,” says brand owner Ralph Thelen. “We want to continue developing it. Here, a consistent ´Made in Germany´ is applied in development and production and uncompromisingly relies on highly innovative and finest raw materials. Often from kbA – controlled organic cultivation”.

In addition to the head office in Hamburg and the previous laboratory and production site in Aachen, the new boss is also putting all his faith in the Neu-Isenburg site near Frankfurt, for which Ralph Thelen has a lot of praise in his luggage. On the 10,000 square metre company premises in Dornhofstraße, 30 highly experienced employees are currently working in production, research and development. The company offers a three-figure product range. First and foremost the Dr. Förster series: innovative formulations with highly effective ingredients with a focus on anti-aging.

Here we focus on the worldwide ongoing topic of cosmetics and process carefully selected antioxidants, high-quality hyaluron and high-end stem cell technology. “Our horse care series Equestrian is also a bestseller.

“But we also have excellent products for riders. For example, a highly innovative sun protection range that absorbs quickly, does not burn in the eyes and is not ´weißelt´. One of our export hits is the horse balm series with its beneficial effect on the human musculature,” says Ralph Ecks. The portfolio also includes the manufacture of cosmetics and dietary supplements for other brands and markets. In our laboratories, we also develop according to prescription for other companies at home and abroad. Most of our sales are generated abroad: in premium department stores, pharmacy chains and at airports. The two largest German food retail chains, EDEKA and Rewe, the discount store Netto, Metro C&C and other cash & carry stores such as Globus and C+C Schaper are also supplied with additional brands. And with Karstadt even into the pedestrian zone. The team is particularly looking forward to this: from November, QVC will also be selling on TV. Most recently, the company achieved eight-digit annual sales.