"Anuga" the worlds largest trade fair for food was held from the 8th to 12th October in Cologne. More than 6,500 companies from 100 countries were represented over an area of around 300,000 m2. Visitors numbered more than 150,000.
For Gunz Warenhandels GmbH the twice yearly "Anuga" counts as one of the most important trade shows for company representation and exhibition. This year the trade fair visitors were surprised with a new stand concept and in turn amazed at the impressive new look. With an exhibition stand size of 300 m2 the new stand constructor knew how to skilfully set the scene. The new Gunz exhibition stand was well situated in one of the most popular halls and had an abundance of visitors. Compared to previous years and to other major fairs, almost three times as many new business contacts were collected from over 100 countries around the world. The evidence clearly showed that even in non-German speaking countries Gunz has developed into a very strong partner in a wide variety of food divisions. Around 90 % of the visitors were from non-German speaking countries such as Asia, USA, Africa, China, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Russia and many more.
The 10-member Gunz Team were also very pleased to welcome the many existing customers visiting the stand. Existing business relationships were thoroughly discussed and consolidated.
Gunz Warenhandels GmbH is very pleased with the highly positive response from "Anuga" and looks forward to further successful trade fair appearances.
The gala evening for Gunz Warenhandels GmbH 25th anniversary proved to be an eventful celebration.
International partners, customers and employees from 20 nations congratulated Gunz Warenhandels GmbH on their 25 years.
The anniversary celebration took place on Saturday 01.10.2011. The invited guests included international distribution partners, customers, business partners, employees as well as representatives from politics and business.
The gala evening began at 17:00 with a champagne reception to the music of the saxophone on the deck of the Sonnenkönigin in Bregenz harbour. Around 500 guests mingled about the three decks of the ship.
After the welcome greetings from the management Helmut and Werner Gunz, various well wishes were expressed including those from Vice President of the Feldkirch Chamber of Labour - Edgar Mayer as well as from the President of the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce - Manfred Rein. Helmut and Werner Gunz received personal congratulations from the Mayor of Mäder- Rainer Siegele.
The event was professionally led by ORF Regional Director Markus Klement. Great entertainment was provided by two Close-Up magicians and their magic show, a powerful performance from an acrobatic couple and an impressive, anniversary orientated cyber-show performed by an exquisite LED-artist. The sophisticated musical contributions from the band Melounge from Steiermark rounded off the programme.
In the meantime the guests where served a highly enjoyable three-course dinner.
Afterwards the dessert buffet provided the sweet connoisseurs with a fine variety of desserts. Appetites were still being served even late into the evening.
Guests took the opportunity to talk and share experiences in the relaxed atmosphere until after midnight.
Gunz Warenhandels GmbH will build a food-products logistics centre in Magdeburg. The launch of the new building project has already taken place at the end of June and the first excavators have moved in. The official laying of the foundation stone took place in Stegelitzer Straße in Magdeburg on September 14th.
In addition to the construction companies, architects and project manager Peter Steurer (exakt - office for construction work), also Werner Gunz (Managing Director) travelled from Austria to jointly lay the symbolic foundation stone together with Lord Mayor Lutz Trümper, Magdeburg's Counsellor for Economics Rainer Nitsche and the Head of Department of Economic Affairs, Hans-Joachim Hennings.
A new trade centre has been developed in Magdeburg-Rothensee on an area of approximately 28,000 m2. This will boast a capacity of 18,500 pallet places. In the future particularly northern Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, Great Britain and the Benelux countries will be supplied from here. Almost 100 new jobs are planned. Around € 15 million will be invested in this project.
In addition, the company intends to process the entire overseas exports in the container business via the Magdeburg harbour. "The geographical connection to the motorway and port was the main reason why we have chosen the location of Magdeburg" said Werner Gunz. Another crucial point for choosing Magdeburg was, "that they understood immediately the need to assist us in a rapid implementation" continued Gunz.
The new distribution centre represents the company's largest investment to-date. With the new warehouse, the company wants to be closer to customers and suppliers.
Provided everything goes according to plan the industrial and logistics centre will be completed in spring 2012.
Gunz Warenhandels GmbH is now out on the road with its own Italian brand "Piacelli". Covered with the finest of delicacies, the truck was a real eye-catcher as it rolled through Europe.
More trucks are planned with a similar design.
In Magdeburg, Germany (Saxony-Anhalt) the start is underway for the new development “Gunz-Logistics Center”. The first phase of construction will begin with the arrival of the first excavating machines at the end of June. Completion of this major construction is planned for spring 2012.
This new development will produce a Logistics Center with a capacity for 18,500 pallets on an area of approximately 28,000 m2.
With the two further building phases, the renovation of the Gunz-shop and the 1000m2 office expansion, the building development at the Gunz Headquarters in Mäder is complete. Space has been created for 60 modern and high quality office work places all of which are equipped for the disabled.
After a total of five building extensions within the last seven years future extensions are no longer possible due to a lack of land reserves in Mäder. Thus, Gunz Warenhandels GmbH has invested a further € 2.5 million into its headquarters location.
The total investment at the site in Mäder amounts to around € 15 million, which gives a clear "pro" to the company's location Vorarlberg.
The German Agricultural Society (DLG) reviews the sensory quality of more than 27,000 food products from home and abroad each year. Only the highest level of quality can achieve a bronze, silver or gold award.
This year Gunz Warenhandels GmbH qualified in the areas of "Confectionery" and "Pastries" which proved the high standards required. The DLG silver award was presented for the chocolate pralines "Delicate Seafood" from the Gunz own brand "Maître Truffout" as well as the coconut and peanut balls of the in-house brand "Papagena".
The 250g pack contains beautiful seafood shaped Belgian chocolate pralines made from delicious milk, white and dark chocolate. The pralines are further complemented by the exquisite hazelnut flavour.
The Papagena peanut and coconut balls in exclusive packaging are irresistible with a loose, lightweight wafer cover, filled with fine coconut and peanut butter.
DLG reviews more than 27,000 food products of different brands each year including meat products, delicatessen, bread and pastries, confectionery and beverages. Founded in 1885, the German Agricultural Society is one of the most important organizations in the field of quality evaluation of foods.
Gunz Warenhandels GmbH has a new design. The new corporate logo was introduced with the second quarter of 2011. The logo has been revised in a more contemporary way in order to offer an improved international presence.
"For the company's 25th anniversary we are please to unveil our logo with its new, fresh and modern design", say the Managing Directors Helmut and Werner Gunz.
The statement "Competence in food" remains faithful to Gunz Warenhandels GmbH.
The final building work for the office expansion at the Mäder site is currently in full swing and is slowly coming to a close. The shell was completed in early March with an impressive topping out celebration. Many were invited and welcomed including the companies involved in the construction and their employees as well as the Gunz employees.
The interior of the new office section is going ahead and will be completed on schedule in May. The staff of Gunz Mäder GmbH can therefore move into the new office space in May 2011.
With the expansion of its headquarters in Mäder the space will be doubled to 1200 m2.
The financial year ended on a positive note for the food distribution company Gunz Warenhandels GmbH from Mäder (Austia-Vorarlberg).
A new record was set with with sales of € 67.5 Million, this represents an increase of 10.65% compared to financial year 2009. Gunz has now achieved a double-digit sales growth 13 times in the last 15 years.
However, the family-run Vorarlberger company was not only strong in sales. The number of customers has increased by more than 1000 to its current 6000. Its internationality has been expanded to 50 different countries with and export quota of 93 %. In the past the highest increases were achieved in Belgium, Holland, Romania, Spain and on the domestic market in Austria. Germany remains the most important export market and counts for half of the total proceeds. Market development began in North America with a sales subsidiary in New York. A total of 30 new jobs were created and there are currently 130 employees in ten different countries.
At Gunz 2011 is all about expansion and internationalization. The current office capacity in Mäder will be doubled to 1200 m2. A new store location will be built in Germany Magdeburg (DE-Sachsen-Anhalt) on a 28000 m2 plot. With 22000 pallet places the storage space in Magdeburg will be twice as large as that of the parent company in Mäder. The establishment of our own overseas subsidiaries will continue. Sites in Cairo (Egypt) and Melbourne (Australia) will start their business operations in the first half of the year. Gunz is then represented with its own sales offices on four continents and has five storage locations for the global supply. "With our geographic expansion we are making room for a turnover of around € 200 Million, a goal we want to achieve by 2020", say the owners Helmut und Werner Gunz with confidence.