History of Markant Group

The history of our corporate group began more than 60 years ago with the founding of the Allsicht Organisation by Adolf Spinner and a few like-minded people. Their mission was to promote collaboration between wholesalers and retailers as well as with industrial partners.
The guiding principle of cooperation has characterized Markant from the beginning.

margin-1950

1950

DE

Wholesaler Adolf Spinner of Offenburg, Germany founds Allsicht Organisation (ASO) with a few like-minded people.
margin-3

1953

DE

Founding of wholesale chain A&O, a voluntary cooperative of 20 food wholesalers.
margin-7

1960

DE

Founding of the international Zentralkontor.
margin-4

1963/64

CH

A&O Zentralkontor Launches Central Settlement and offers supplementary services.
margin-8

1972

DE

A&O superseded by Offenburg-based SELEX Handels GmbH, which focuses on the food business.

At the same time, Tania Handels GmbH in Hamburg grows with a non-food orientation.
margin-11

1983

DE

Merger of SELEX and Tania to form S+T Bundeszentrale Selex + Tania Handels AG.
margin-4

1987

CH

Founding of Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.
margin-1

1988

CH

Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG begins operations in Pfäffikon.
margin-1

1989

CH

Founding of the European cooperation European Marketing Distribution (EMD) by Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG and seven European partners.
margin-2

1991

DE

Merging of the previously legally independent service companies Selex and Tania Group to create Markant Handels und Service GmbH.
margin-3

1994

CH-DE-ES

Markant Finanz AG in Basel and Iberiana Frucht in Offenburg/Valencia begin operations.
margin-5

1999

CZ

Founding of national subsidiary Markant Česko s.r.o. in Prague.
margin-2

2001

DE

Consolidation of the Wiesbaden and Worms locations in Worms.
margin-1

2002

DE

Construction of the non-food sample presentation centre in Worms.
margin-2

2004

CZ

Founding of national subsidiary Markant Slovensko s.r.o. The national subsidiary is supported out of Prague.
margin-4

2008

CH

Establishment of a strategic partnership with Syntrade AG in Pfäffikon; today Markant Syntrade Schweiz AG is a subsidiary of Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG.
margin-1

2009

AT-CH-DK

During the course of its internationalization, Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG concludes strategic cooperations with ZEV Markant (which reincorporates as Markant Österreich GmbH) in Austria and with Syntrade AG in Switzerland.

Start of Central Settlement in Denmark.
margin-2

2011

DE

Markant celebrates 100th Markant Food Trade Forum and 30 years of brand enhancement.
margin-1

2012

CH

International coordination headquarters of Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG in Basel begins operations.
margin-1

2013

PL-CH

Start of operations in Poland and Hungary.

Markant Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG celebrates its 25th company anniversary and 60 years of international cooperation.
margin-1

2014

DE

The new European computing centre of Markant Group in Offenburg begins operations.

Food and non-food areas in Germany consolidated at the Offenburg location.
margin-2

2016

PL

Founding of the Markant Handels und Service Sp. z. o.o. service company in Warsaw.
margin-1

2017

DE-AT

Expansion of the Offenburg location to an international service center of Markant Group.

Renaming of Markant Handels und Service GmbH in Markant Services International GmbH.

Markant Österreich GmbH supports the Croatian and Slovenian target markets.
margin-1

2018

DE – CZ

Completion of the new MARKANT Group building in Offenburg.

MARKANT Česko moves to new premises in Prague.

Integration of AGU into the MARKANT group as a 100 percent subsidiary.
margin-1

2019

DE – CH

Foundation of the start-up platform voilà! as well as the start-up arena as part of the MARKANT trade forum.
margin-1

2020

BEL – DE

Establishment of a new national company: MARKANT BELUX based in Brussels.