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1907

1907

Laurens Janssen founds Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft, OTG

1953

1953

Laurens Spethmann, grandson of the company founder, moves the company forward from classic tea importer to tea distributor

1966

1966

The launch of the MILFORD brand quickly makes OTG, to date a manufacturer of private label, also a manufacturer of brand-name tea

1972

1972

Internationalisation begins with the acquisition of Grosch Tee, Austria (later named Milford Tee Austria)

1988

1988

Acquisition of the tea company OnnO Behrends, Norden, in East Frisia

1989

1989

Acquisition of packaged tea seller Ludwig Schwarz, Buchholz (later Milford Tea)

1990

1990

Acquisition of Ed Meßmer, Frankfurt am Main and Grettstadt

1992

1992

Acquisition of PAGÈS, France

Founding of OTG Lager- und Frachtkontor GmbH, Buchholz

1996

1996

Founding of Laurens Spethmann Holding, take-over of all shares in OTG

2007

2007

OTG celebrates its 100th anniversary

2008

2008

Meßmer MOMENTUM” in the Hamburg HafenCity opens as one of the first brand spaces in Hamburg