The company "JF Hillebrand global beverage logistics" with headquarters 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 a loading and unloading service including an attached customs agency. In the mid-19th century Mainz
an upswing in the Weinhandels
, The young Hillebrand started with the river transport on the by buying several barges (ship type in open construction) Rhine
, There was an expansion to 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 passages of the Hamburg-America line for the German shipping company "Hamburg-Amerikan Packetfahrt-AG".
After the Second World War, the third generation took over. The company was completely destroyed and had to be rebuilt. Karl Hillebrand started trading between the French and American occupied zone. Jan W. Hillebrand took over the management of Mainzer Lagerhaus AG, which was incorporated into the forwarding agency in 1953. The company mainly transported German wines worldwide until the 1960s. From the mid-1960s, containers were used and the export was expanded with wines from European countries. In 1974 the company moved to the new location in Mainz-Hechtsheim. Christof JF Hillebrand took over the fifth generation in 1986. At the "London International Wine Fair" in 2010 the company was awarded the "Best Logistics Company award" 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 wines". The transports are mainly carried out by ship, which is why the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen are important hubs of the trade routes. However, all possible transport routes such as rail, road and rail are used. Around 40 to 50% of all imports to Germany are handled by the company, of which about a third in Bulk goods (Bulk wine). JF Hillebrand France (Beaune, Bordeaux) processes around 65% of all French wine exports to the USA, 80% to Canada, and 70% to Japan. In 2007 the company employed 1,400 people in 46 offices in 22 countries. The turnover in 2009 was 567 million euros.