The company "JF Hillebrand global beverage logistics" headquartered in Mainz-Hechtsheim (Rhineland-Palatinate) is the world's largest wine and beverage carrier. It was founded in 1844 by Johann Friedrich Hillebrand (1819-1890) as a freight commission business with loading and unloading services, including an associated customs agency. In the middle of the 19th century there were in Mainz
an upswing of the Weinhandels
, The young Hillebrand started by the purchase of several barges (ship type in open construction) with the river transport on the Rhine
, It was expanded to include rail and the inclusion of the Eastern markets. From 1875 the sons Dionis and Ludwig Damian Hillebrand expanded the business and took over the representation for ship passage of the Hamburg-America-line for the German shipping company "Hamburg-American Packetfahrt-AG".
After the Second World War, the third generation took over the helm. The operation was completely destroyed and had to be rebuilt. Karl Hillebrand began trading between French and American occupied zones. Jan W. Hillebrand took over the management of the Mainz warehouse AG, which was incorporated in 1953 in the forwarding. The company transported mainly German wines until the 1960s. From the mid-1960s containers were used and the export was extended by wines from European countries. In 1974 they relocated to the new location Mainz-Hechtsheim. Christof JF Hillebrand took over the leadership in 1986 in the fifth generation. At the "London International Wine Fair", the company was awarded the "Best Logistics Company Award" in 2010 for the fifth time.
The focus of JF Hillebrand Deutschland GmbH today is on the transport of beers, wines and spirits produced in Germany as well as on the import of "New World Weinen". The shipments are mainly by ship, which is why the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen are important hubs for trade routes. But all possible transport routes such as train, road and rail are used. About 40 to 50% of all imports to Germany are handled by the company, of which about one third is in Germany Bulk goods (Bulk wine). JF Hillebrand France (Beaune, Bordeaux) handles around 65% of all French wine exports to the US, 80% to Canada, and 70% to Japan. In 2007, the company employed 1,400 people in 46 offices in 22 countries. Sales in 2009 amounted to 567 million euros.