Nestlé celebrates 125 years of Maggi liquid seasoning in Germany

Jul 22, 2011
Maggi poster covering the tower at Kronberg Castle in Germany WORLD`S BIGGEST MAGGI BOTTLE: Local people have traditionally referred to the tower at Kronberg Castle as the ‘Maggi bottle’, due to its apparent similarity in shape.

Nestlé celebrates 125 years of its Maggi brand liquid seasoning in Germany by transforming a historic castle tower into the world’s biggest ‘bottle’ of the product.

The Company unveiled a giant poster of the iconic condiment at Kronberg Castle, near Frankfurt – which is on display from now until September – as the first in a series of special anniversary events.

The poster, wrapped around the castle’s tower, has the first ever Maggi Würze bottle design from 1886 printed on one side and the current bottle design on the other.

The image is a reference to the local tradition of describing the structure as the ‘Maggi bottle’, due to its apparent similarity in shape.

Ingo Schaefer, Marketing and Communications Manager for Maggi in Germany, explained why the brand chose to begin its 125 year celebrations at Kronberg Castle.

Maggi liquid seasoning bottle designs from 1886 to 2011 TRADITIONAL PLACE IN GERMAN FOOD CULTURE: Maggi Würze was introduced to Germany in 1887, where it quickly became synonymous with contemporary cooking.

He said: “Germany is the biggest market in Europe for Maggi Würze, with around 19 million bottles sold here every year.

“The Maggi bottle not only has a traditional place in German food culture, but as the local nickname for the Kronberg Castle tower shows, it also has an affectionate place in German people’s imaginations.”

Furthermore, the poster installation at Kronberg Castle covers essential renovation work currently taking place on the building, which is being sponsored by Nestlé.

Mr Schaefer continued: “We wanted to launch our 125 year anniversary celebrations for the product by supporting a regionally important redevelopment project.”

Research and development laboratory in the Maggi factory in Singen, Germany (approx. 1910) INNOVATIVE RESEARCH: It took Julius Maggi, a Swiss miller, two years to bring his first food product to the market - a powdered mix of dried legumes and pulses, prepared as a thick broth.

In addition, the poster is accompanied by an exhibition which will also remain in place until September, revealing how Maggi Würze was introduced to Germany in 1887 and quickly became synonymous with contemporary cooking.

The ‘History of Taste’ presents a selection of items from Nestlé Germany’s main Maggi production factory in Singen, in the south of the country, as well as a variety of advertising posters through the years.

It features work from German artists - such as the Frankfurt-based Thomas Bayrle - who have used the bottle as a model for drawings, diagrams and oil paintings.

Other special anniversary events planned in Germany include the release of a series of limited edition Maggi Würze bottles later this year.

A brief history of Maggi

Maggi liquid seasoning advertisement from the 1930s THE HISTORY OF TASTE: An exhibition at Kronberg Castle features a variety of Maggi advertisements from the past 125 years.

In Switzerland, in 1882, at the request of the Swiss Public Welfare Society, miller Julius Maggi began his research into how to create a nutritious vegetable food product for working families that was inexpensive and quick to prepare.

In 1884, his ‘Leguminose Maggi’ - a powdered mix of dried legumes and pulses, prepared as a thick broth - and his instant pea and bean soups, were introduced to and marketed in Switzerland for the first time.

They helped to establish Maggi & Company as a pioneer of nutritious but convenient food products.

Over the next two years, Mr Maggi continued to improve his Leguminose Maggi product, which by 1886 resulted in the launch of soup mixes. A year later, there were 22 different varieties of Maggi brand soup mixes on the market.

Workers washing bottles in the Maggi factory in Singen, Germany (approx. 1910) FOOD PRODUCTION PIONEERS: The Maggi factory in Singen, Germany was established in 1897 to produce nutritious but convenient food products for working families on an industrial scale.

Also in 1886, the company launched Maggi liquid seasoning, a dark-coloured, vegetable protein-based sauce designed to bring extra taste to meals.

Sold as an affordable alternative to meat extract, the product was introduced to Germany 12 months later, where it soon became a familiar addition to people’s dining tables.

Nestlé acquired the Maggi company in 1947. Today, the brand offers around 300 different products, including instant soups, stocks, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles in a variety of countries around the world.

Related information
Maggi Germany website
Flickr photo set: 125 years of Maggi Würze in Germany
YouTube video: Maggi 'dancing bottles' advertising film (1912)

Related recipes
A selection of recipes from around the world which use Maggi liquid seasoning:

Maggi Australia: Nasi Goreng
Maggi USA: Steamed Shanghai Black Cod with Summer Vegetables
Maggi Germany: Seelachs im Reisblatt
Maggi France: Dés de poulet caramélisés et blé aux petites carottes
Maggi Spain: Ensalada saludable