Each family has its own traditions. The Ritter family has been keeping a sweet secret for almost a hundred years: the recipe for making great chocolate. What started in 1912 as a small family company with Alfred Ritter and wife Clara at the helm, has developed into a successful international business. RITTER SPORT is now sold in 95 countries and its story continues to be written by the family’s third generation, Alfred T. Ritter and his sister Marli Hoppe-Ritter. RITTER SPORT is not just a family business that has grown over the years into a large company. RITTER SPORT is, above all, a large company that has remained a family. This is felt by the 1.000 employees in Waldenbuch, Germany and by its many customers worldwide. This is because the Ritter family uses its own name to vouch for the quality of each bar of chocolate that leaves its premises. Guaranteed.
Alfred T. Ritter”
“RITTER SPORT History
In 1912, Alfred Ritter and newly wedded wife, Clara, founded a chocolate factory in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt. Later it introduced its own brand of chocolate named “Alrika (Alfred Ritter Cannstatt).” When production needs required a factory expansion, the company moved to Waldenbuch in 1930, a couple of miles outside Stuttgart. The chocolate brandRitter’s Sport Schokolade produced as the square tablet known today was launched in 1932 after Clara suggested creating a chocolate bar that would fit into every sport jacketpocket without breaking.
The company’s current 3rd generation owners are Alfred T. Ritter and his sister Marli Hoppe-Ritter. In 1990 they launched project(s) “Cacaonica”, which supports organic cocoa agriculture and reforestation in Nicaragua and “Ritter Solar” now the European market leader of solar thermal products and Large solar thermal systems. The Ritter company owns a CHP power plant and buys additional electricity from renewable resources. The monomaterial chocolate packaging is designed to minimize its ecological footprint.
On the whole, their products are neither certified organic nor certified fair trade. However, in April 2008 they launched an organic product line called “Ritter Sport Bio”.
The Ritter museum is a “hommage to the square” – to describe the Sammlung Marli Hoppe-Ritter. The collection consists of nearly 600 paintings, objects, sculptures and graphic works, a breadth of painterly and sculptural confrontation with the square form used as the design for the Ritter chocolate.
Ritter’s factory is located in Waldenbuch, outside Stuttgart. They have a shop and museum in Waldenbuch that is open to visitors.”
*Information from Ritter-sport.us and Wikipedia.org
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