The Man Behind the Milk

In 1971, Theobald Alfons Müller (Theo Müller) took over his fathers four-man company in Aretsried, Bavaria, and turned it into an enterprise with a present annual turnover of 5.6 billion Euros. The commercial success of the Group is therefore largely down to him.

Müller became the first German dairy company to establish sales on a national scale. With well-conceived, quality-oriented milk processing, constant process improvements and technological innovations, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller consistently succeeds in implementing its deep understanding of consumer requirements with regard to dairy products. The emphasis is always placed on delivering the best out of milk.

Key Milestones

Ludwig Müller establishes a small village dairy in Aretsried, Bavaria
Qualified cheesemaker Alois Müller takes over the dairy
Together with four employees, Theo Müller assumes control of the dairy
Introduction of numerous process and product innovations, dedicated sales
Entry into the UK market with a purpose-built UK factory since 1992
Acquisition of Sachsenmilch AG together with the factory in Leppersdorf, which has subsequently been developed into Europe’s most modern dairy
Acquisition of the state-owned dairy Weihenstephan
Müller purchases Nestlé‘s Short Life Dairy Products license and Cadbury Desserts in the UK Purchase of the Almhof brand in the Netherlands
Market entry of Müller into Israel, the Czech Republic and Romania
Market entry of Müller into Poland
Expansion of the business in the deli market: Theo Müller becomes majority shareholder at HK Food
Acquisition of Robert Wiseman Dairies, the Minsterley facility in Shropshire and opening of the new butter plant at Market Drayton,acquisition of Dairy Crest's dairy business by Müller UK & Ireland.

Key Numbers in Euros (MN)


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