The Freiberger company was founded in 1976 by a Bavarian in Berlin. Ernst Freiberger expanded a small pizza delivery bakery into Europe's largest manufacturer of frozen pizzas, snacks and pasta products for retailer own-brands.
Since 1998, the Freiberger Group has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Südzucker AG and has achieved worldwide success. Today, the group includes companies at 14 locations throughout Europe and the USA. 3,600 employees belong to the Freiberger team.
Specialities from Freiberger bring pleasure to customers in 30 European countries as well as in the USA, Canada and South Africa. In frozen and chilled own-brand pizza we are global market leader.
More concretely this means that we produce more than 3.5 million pizzas a day. If they were lined up, this would correspond to the beeline distance between Milan and Sicily.
Around the world, you’ll find many different ways to make a pizza base. Freiberger excels at all of them - from traditional dough balling and roll-out methods, to sheet & cut and pan, all the way to our own patented processes.
Our highly innovative production technologies have set standards. Within a short time, we can develop and produce any pizza, pasta and baked good at competitive prices; for the success of our customers.
We have been working together with our trading partners since our founding. This allows Freiberger to continue its pioneering work, not only technologically, but also in terms of own-brand category management. Today we understand consumer wishes and eating trends from America to Cyprus. Our full service that we offer retailers is appropriately targeted. Proceeding from market analysis and product development to market launches and success control takes little more than 180 days.
Freiberger Group products are among the winners worldwide. Our British company alone received twelve awards in just one year, including the Q Awards, PAPA (Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association), Pizza Chef of the Year, and the Grocer Awards. In Canada, a retailer recently voted us "Supplier of the Year".
We have consistently pursued a clean-label philosophy. This means that we avoid artificial additives and use only the best ingredients.
Worldwide, we rely solely on growers who are certified according to the rigorous guidelines of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). We form strategic partnerships with many suppliers to ensure the quality of our food remains high and healthy at all times.
Every day, the Freiberger Group produces up to 4.5 million products according to IFS standards (including pasta, baguettes and hot dogs).
In addition, all production processes follow a comprehensive monitoring plan that is second to none in the industry, with more than 60,000 internal testing procedures and almost 300,000 individual tests per year, in excess of 4,000 external controls and audits (including 10 customer audits), and over 30 supplier audits.
Our mission is to create a very special taste experience with every product. This not only requires a lot of creativity and skill, but also complete dedication, motivation and flexibility. We help to nurture our employees thanks to a healthy and motivating work environment.
It is also equally important to us to use each individual ingredient carefully. For Freiberger, this also means actively protecting Nature’s valuable resources. For example, by reducing plastic packaging as much as possible.
As the world's largest manufacturer of own-brand pizzas, we recognise that we carry a high burden of responsibility for the environment. That's why we have introduced environmental and energy-related management systems at an early stage (according to DIN EN ISO 14001 and 50001). We are equally motivated to reduce the amount of outer packaging. In recent years, we have already succeeded in using 25 percent less plastic.
Although this material is still indispensable to ensure the quality of our products, technology is advancing in this area. We consider it a great challenge to take on a pioneering role on this issue. For example, Freiberger commissioned three different project groups to sustainably reduce our environmental impact through the following steps:
Our success is based on market-driven creativity, innovative and efficient technology and absolute process reliability. Here are some of our internationally recognised certifications:
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Information about compliance-related matters
Compliance is a top-priority matter for the Südzucker Group. Complying with rules and regulations is the only way to protect the company, its employees and its business partners from infringements and inappropriate behaviour.
Employees or business partners may become aware of processes or transactions that do not comply with these rules. As before, information on this can be given directly to the respective contact persons in the company. However, if there are concerns and employees or business partners cannot see the possibility of placing their observations in person, a confidential, optionally anonymous procedure can be used to draw attention to serious incidents:
Südzucker Compliance Line