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.
1950 | DE
Wholesaler Adolf Spinner of Offenburg, Germany founds Allsicht Organisation (ASO) with a few like-minded people.
1953 | DE
Founding of wholesale chain A&O, a voluntary cooperative of 20 food wholesalers.
1960 | DE
Founding of the international Zentralkontor.
1963/64 | CH
A&O Zentralkontor Launches Central Settlement and offers supplementary services.
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A&O superseded by Offenburg-based SELEX Handels GmbH, which focuses on the food business.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.
1983 | DE
Merger of SELEX and Tania to form S+T Bundeszentrale Selex + Tania Handels AG.
1987 | CH
Founding of MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG in Pfäffikon, Switzerland.
1988 | CH
MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG begins operations in Pfäffikon.
1989 | CH
Founding of the European cooperation European Marketing Distribution (EMD) by MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG and seven European partners.
1991 | DE
Merging of the previously legally independent service companies Selex and Tania Group to create MARKANT Handels und Service GmbH.
1994 | CH – DE – ES
MARKANT Finanz AG in Basel and Iberiana Frucht in Offenburg/Valencia begin operations.
1999 | CZ
Founding of national subsidiary MARKANT Česko s.r.o. in Prague.
2001 | DE
Consolidation of the Wiesbaden and Worms locations in Worms.
2002 | DE
Construction of the non-food sample presentation centre in Worms.
2004 | CZ
Founding of national subsidiary MARKANT Slovensko s.r.o. The national subsidiary is supported out of Prague.
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.
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.
2011 | DE
MARKANT celebrates 100th MARKANT Food Trade Forum and 30 years of brand enhancement.
2012 | CH
International coordination headquarters of MARKANT Handels- und Industriewaren-Vermittlungs AG in Basel begins operations.
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.
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.
2016 | PL
Founding of the MARKANT Handels und Service Sp. z. o.o. service company in Warsaw.
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.