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Tradition and Transition in the World of Cocoa

Founded in 1806 by Johann Albrecht the company was at that time named J.J.N. Albrecht. In 1825 Theodor Dill joined as a partner and in 1835 the company was renamed Albrecht & Dill. During the Big Hamburg Fire of 1842 Theodor Dill organized a team of brave citizens and successfully prevented the New Exchange building from burning down. He became part of Hamburg’s history as the “Saver of the New Exchange”.


After the death of Theodor Dill in 1861 the company was in the hands of the families Dill and Meincke, enduring many crises including the First and Second World Wars. In 1949 Erich L. Kröger became partner of Albrecht & Dill until his death in 1984. In 1950 Albrecht & Dill acquired German distribution rights for Chanel, the French fashion house, first in part and then for the whole of Germany. This business relationship lasted for nearly 50 years. During the 1960’s, an innovator in cocoa pod counting, the influential Hans Kilian, worked for Albrecht & Dill. In 1984 Christoph Kröger became partner. After Franz-Alfred Wooge had left the company in 1996 Christoph Kröger was the single shareholder of Albrecht & Dill until Philipp Hoffmann joined as partner in 2005. In 2016 Albrecht & Dill USA Inc. was founded. Dirk Beyersdorff is the senior trader of this entity.

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There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate

Charles Dickens

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