We received a very nice gesture of thanks from the Mäder school home (all-day school and therapy center for children with disabilities) as part of the farewell from Werner Gunz for the years of support. A child from the school home painted this beautiful lighthouse on canvas. A moment with a moving gesture that we would like to share - many thanks to the Schulheim Mäder for the long-term friendship!
Everyone says that after Corona many things will not be as they used to be. This statement is correct, but Corona-changes can also have positive impact.
When the pandemic and government regulations began, we decided that my son Stefan Gunz and my son-in-law Michael Temel would guide our company through the Corona-time. I was sent to do „home office“.
The last weeks showed, that Stefan and Michael grew confidently and were up to the task. They were happy to walk the path alone with our employees and leaded our company through the Corona-crisis.
I am proud of my two successors.
We decided as a family, to officially hand over the operational business to Stefan and Michael from now.
For my companions - Customers, Suppliers and Friends - I am currently preparing a gift as thank you: The development of our company, in book form. The story of how it all began 24 years ago as a "two-man-company" and was developed in a global company with a turnover of 150 million euros. I will publish it as a book on November 10, 2020 when I finally leave. I do not focus on facts and figures, but on the values of our family.
However, I do not completely retire. Although my original life plan looked like this as from November 10, 2020, it is now different. Our company will survive the Corona-crisis with manageable changes, that’s why I can take intensive care of my "second company" in the next phase. I have long been in management positions at the Austrian Bundesliga soccer club "SCR Altach". In the future, I will contribute intensively in the operational area.
I would like to thank you all for taking the path together. My son Stefan and son-in-law Michael are already looking forward to a positive business partnership with you, as I was able to experience.
With best regards,
My new place of work at SCR Altach.
Here you can read the sports section of the newspaper from May the 2nd, 2020 about the Gunz management change:
The demand for Piacelli was particularly high during the Corona period. This customer from Germany has provided his customers with a nice structure!
In addition to the many turbulences about Corona, there are also very positive delivery reports to report: After more than a year of preparations, our customer from Cameroon has finally managed to place our goods on his business premises!
With one of our customers from the Netherlands, you are equipped for large purchases thanks to such XXL superstructures!
When our company was shut down in mid-March due to the corona crisis and switched to shift operation, some of our field service crew stepped in immediately and actively supported our colleagues in the office and warehouse. We are proud of such a great cohesion!
Since 2018, we have been a partner of the climate neutrality alliance Klimaneutralitätsbündnis 2025 and have been certified as a climate-neutral business location.
As in the previous year, our CO2 emissions of 1,000 tonnes for our branches in Austria, Germany and Switzerland have been offset by CO2 emissions allowances from a climate protection aid project in Ethiopia.
This aid project is a full-service package for around 5,000 households in eight Ethiopian communities.
The total package for each household includes two efficient cooking stoves, vegetable seeds plus training in growing vegetables, tree seedlings plus reforestation projects, a solar-powered lighting source and WADI drinking water treatment which is powered by the sun.
The aim of the project is to improve the lives of people locally.
Our contribution has helped 350 households! We are very proud to be part of this great project.
Beginning of February we successfully passed the re-certification for Food Safety according to ISO 22000 standards without any defects or deviations. We would like to thank our employees for their contribution that led to this outstanding result. Special thanks go to our Quality Assurance team for their perfect work on this topic!
We were recently presented with the award for the successful audit of the common good balance.
Human dignity, solidarity and justice, ecological sustainability as well as transparency and codecision are crucial for this common good certification.
Of particular note is our commitment to the subject of Fairtrade.
We achieved our goal set in 2017 to convert all items to Fairtrade chocolate in 2019. Last year we switched the entire assortment of chocolates and chocolates to Fairtrade cocoa. This made us the largest provider in Austria in this area in one fell swoop.
In numbers, this means: 1850 tons of Fairtrade cocoa with more than EUR 1 million in Fairtrade investments
About a week ago, the ISM took place in Cologne, the largest confectionery fair in the world. ISM is one of the most important events for our company, to meet existing customers, make new contacts and present our innovations. Our focus this year was our fan food range - with the new, third champion : Paris Saint-Germain. Many thanks to all visitors and to our employees for the great effort!
The return games between our top clubs "Paris Saint-Germain" and "Borussia Dortmund" will take place in February and March 2020 respectively. A perfect opportunity to bring football fans to our fan food items!
Our entire team in France met in Paris at the end of the year for mutual discussions. The team greets all of its customers with this picture, taken during a visit to Paris Saint-Germain.
Sales meeting in Munich
At the end of last year, a very special Gunz sales meeting took place in the Allianz Arena in Munich. In addition to our entire sales team from Germany and Austria, there were also exceptional moderators and guests, such as Matthias Zimmermann from FC Bayern Munich.
Hans Lanzinger (Managing Director Pfanner Fruit Juices) set the course for the lecture by the couple Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther & Christian Neureuther (parents of professional ski racer Felix Neureuther).
After the first few minutes, the two former ski racing legends excited the participants. Ms. and Mr. Neureuther have set themselves the goal of influencing others positively, whether professionally or privately, and motivated them with their life experiences. Thank you very much for that!
At the end of December a 4-page insert appeared in the daily newspaper "Vorarlberger Nachrichten" about our renovation including the road works with a roundabout last year.
We are pleased to be able to use this regional medium to inform you and the population about our construction milestones in 2019!
Via INFO you get to the 4-page construction report.
Many thanks to you for the past sensational year. We closed the year with another record turnover of EUR 148.8 million. This corresponds to an increase in sales of 4.8% respectivelyof EUR 6.8 million compared to 2018. We achieved the largest increase in sales in absolute terms in France (+ EUR 4.2 million). This was followed by Germany (+ EUR 2 million) and Belarus (+ EUR 1.4 million).
Many thanks to all of our employees, customers, suppliers, partners and friends for this sensational annual balance!