The group’s three breweries have a total capacity of 10 million hectolitres. In 2013/14, a total of 5.93 million hectolitres of beer, soft drinks and malt wort products were sold, corresponding to an increase of 3.3% compared to the year before. The increase was especially driven by increased sales in the international markets outside Northern Europe, while sales in the Northern European markets were lower than last year.

High capacity and flexibility are strategic focus areas in the ongoing opera­tional management and production development across all production units – among other things with a view to optimising the handling of sea­sonal fluctuations and general order intake. During the financial year, fur­ther efforts were made to strengthen the coordination of the group’s pur­chasing, planning, production and logistics as well as the link with the sales organisation, in order to ensure better and more efficient utilisation of re­sources, speed up the entire supply chain and increase its efficiency. The aim is to create both operational synergies and improved customer service, and Harboe is expecting to see positive results due to these efforts, for ex­ample in connection with the high season in the coming financial year.

History

1883

Harboes Bryggeri is founded in the city of Skaelskoer, Denmark by three entrepreneurial businessmen. They identified a business opportunity in providing beer to the local community. Among the founders was Jørgen Harboe, whose son, Gunner Harboe, was educated by brew masters in Germany. Gunner was appointed the first brew master at the brewery in Skælskør. Malt beer and lager beer were the first products brewed, and the beer was stored in wooden barrels and distributed to the local community by horse cart.

1957

Harboes Bryggeri becomes a joint stock company.

1989

Harboes Bryggeri becomes a public limited company.

1991

On 29 May 1991 Harboes Bryggeri A/S founds a daughter company under the name “Darguner Klosterbrauerei” in the city of Dargun in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the north-eastern part of Germany.

1992

Harboes Bryggeri A/S invests in the Estonian brewery AS Viru Õlu, becoming the biggest shareholder.

2002

A canning line is installed and we are now able to offer products in 33 cl. can and 0.5 l. cans.

2004

A new PET production unit for 0.5 l bottles is introduced.

2005

PET production unit for 2 liter bottles is started. At the PET units, we can also fill 1.5 liter PET bottles and full-sleeve 33 cl. PET bottles.

2008

The company is appointed Purveyor of the Royal Danish Court.

2009

Gourmetbryggeriet, a Danish micro brewery famous for its speciality beer, is bought by Harboes Bryggeri A/S.

2014

A new packaging machine is being installed in our canning line, increasing our possibility of offering new packaging options.