The foundation stone for today's giant corporation was laid. August Oetker (1862-1918). He invented the ready-to-use baking soda, which he co-produced with other products under the Dr. med. Oetker successfully distributed. From the earliest beginnings he developed a major food company. Dr. Richard Kaselowsky (1888-1944), who had married into the Oetker family, continued the founder's work and expanded the business through domestic and neighboring activities. Rudolf-August Oetker (1916-2007), the grandson of the company founder, was involved in the food business as well as in other industries. As a result of the diversification strategy and its willingness to expand, the Oetker Group emerged. Dr. hc August Oetker (* 1944) operates the internationalization of the business in the fourth generation of the family, whereby the Oetker Group, with the exception of the world-wide shipping, operates mainly in Europe.
The Oetker Group is today one of the largest international family businesses with over 22,000 employees. Holding of the Oetker Group is Dr. Ing. August Oetker KG. Due to the risk diversification strategy, six divisions have been formed in which the companies are self-employed with a high degree of independence. These are food, beer and soft drinks, sparkling wine and spirits, shipping, bank / insurance and other interests. Among others, the following major German sparkling wine brands belong to the group (via Henkell): Deinhardstein, Prince of Metternich, Henkell. Kupferberg and Söhnlein, See also below globalization and largest wine companies in the world,