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Rapunzel says "Thanks"

For Christmas and at the end of an exceptional year, the Rapunzel family and the suppliers from around the world say thank you in a short film: for an outstanding performance and mutual support. We wish you and your beloved ones a merry Christmas and a happy new Year!


Pesto – versatile spice paste from Italy

Traditional pesto comes from the Liguria region in Italy. Pesto is a raw, uncooked spice paste that Italians traditionally eat mixed with pasta or gnocchi. All major ingredients come from Italy - basil, extra virgin olive oil, cheese and pine nuts, sea salt and all the vegetables that are used for making red pestos. 


Sustainable, green logistics at Rapunzel Naturkost

Sustainable also behind the scenes

Rapunzel has been optimizing sustainable and resource-conserving logistics for many years. Like organic cultivation or environmentally-friendly packaging, logistic services are also an important aspect of sustainable company orientation.
 


Rapunzel – a family company

Since the foundation of the company by Joseph Wilhelm and Jennifer Vermeulen in the year 1974, Rapunzel has been a family-run company. Today, the company is 100 percent family owned - and the next generation has already assumed responsibility some time ago. 


Rapunzel Pesto makers - a supplier portrait   

Rapunzel pesto is made in Piedmont region in Italy - a region that is well-known for its exquisite cuisine. Rapunzel visited the pesto makers Nadia and Matteo. Learn more about the manufacturing of Rapunzel pesto. 


Bernardo Apaza Lluscu leistete Entscheidendes für den fairen Handel.

Orbituary for pioneer Bernardo Apaza Lluscu

We mourn the loss of our friend Bernardo Apaza Lluscu. As a member and cocoa farmer of the Bolivian El Ceibo cooperative he promoted fair trade for many years. Bernardo belonged to the group of people who encouraged Rapunzel to establish our own fair trade program. 


Organic Basmati rice from India!

Rapunzel rice supplier Tapan Ray promotes organic rice cultivation and shows the benefits for nature and humans. This way, he is performing important pioneer work. 


The 2020 nut and dried fruit harvest in Turkey

The new harvest from the Turkey project arrived! Despite several ups and downs during the year, we are happyy about a relatively good harvest with sweet fruits and crunchy nuts. 


Agropoisons? No thanks!

The German study "Pesticide contamination in the ambient air" that was published in the context of the Agropoisons? No thanks! campaign produced alarming results. Click here for more information about the new study.  


Crunchy hazelnuts from the new Azerbaijan Project 

Since the fall 2018, crunchy hazelnuts from our new cultivation partner in Azerbaijan have been used for Rapunzel projects. Learn more about the valuable organic pioneer work associated with this project. 


Oilseeds: robust nutrient packages

In the daily diet, these small power packages are particularly valuable for a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Learn more about the different types of Oilseeds and for which usage this small grains are perfect for.  
 


HAND IN HAND-Fund supports ecosocial projects

The HAND IN HAND fund supports 27 ecosocial projects in the global south with a total funding sum of more than 130,000 € during the first half of this year. In addition, an extraordinary donation is given to a special project, the organic farming cooperative HIPEDAC in the Philippines.


News from organic sunflower breeding

Rapunzel supports the development of seedfast varieties. Read the interview with breeder Fadi Kanso and find out interesting aspects of sunflower breedings. 


Chocolate butters for every taste

Samba, the Rapunzel classic, turns 30 and gets new additions with Samba Almond & Dark Chocolate-Coconut cream.


Exotic innovation for all pudding lovers

Everybody is talking about Tonka. This special spice gives our new pudding powder a flowery aroma that remindes of vanilla, rum and bitter almond. Click here to learn everything there is to know about the Rapunzel Tonka bean. 


The advantage of polyphenols

Our new Polyphenolia 500 olive oil extra virgin has a particularly high concentration of polyphenols. Polyphenols have positive health effects.  


Let's stick together!

Due to the global exceptional state and the high demand on our products the order shipping to the specialist trade is delayed. Please find more information on that linked with our appeal: Let's stick together! 


Goodbye to Heike Kirsten

For a quarter of a century, Rapunzel Marketing Director Heike Kirsten was our colleague and friend. At the end of March, she passed away into the spiritual world. Her death marked the end of a six-year battle against her disease.


Retro nut butters go into production

The successful product "Coconut & amond butter with date" will be succeeded by two additional nutty-light butters: "Coconut & hazelnut with date" and "Roasted almond with coconut blossom sugar".


Dried fruit enjoyed differently: Rapunzel fruit pastes

Dried apricots, dates and figs in a practical format: click here to find out more about Rapunzel fruit pastes.


Biodiversity – the endangered wonder of nature

Rapunzel promotes biodiversity - today on the International Day of Species Conservation and since the beginnings of our company. Organic agriculture and GMO-free seeds are essential aspects in the fight against species extinction and for the protection of ecosystems. 


Aceto Balsamico assessed with "good" by "Stiftung Warentest"

The German consumer magazine "Stiftung Warentest" ranked the Rapunzel vinegar among the top 3 products with respect to taste. With an overall 1.9 score, the Rapunzel Aceto Balsamico also came off as the best organic product. 


Coconut & almond butter with date was awarded with "Best Organic" award

The butter with three ingredients received the German "Best Organic" award and is one of the three most popular products in the test.


Laying of the foundation stone for the Rapunzel visitor center

A foundation stone ceremony with symbolic character that was held on February 12, 2020 marked the start of construction of the visitor Center in Legau. Follow  the news concerning the construction progress in our blog.


Eco film for Rapunzel chocolate

Since October 2019, Rapunzel chocolate has been pakaged in biodegradable cellulose film. This is another important step towards sustainable packaging solutions.


Best without: new unpacked product line

Rapunzel goes back to its roots: since the autumn 2019, you can find numerous unpacked Rapunzel products in your organic specialist store or in unpacked shops. 


From left to right: Leonhard Wilhelm, Gila Kriegisch, Michael Hadamczik, Erika Blank, Joseph Wilhelm, Holger Epp, Jutta Kochendörfer.

More than 180,000 Euro for eco-social projects

As every year, the HAND IN HAND fund - a joint initiative of Rapunzel and the German Environmental Aid - supported numerous ecological and social projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia. A total sum of 187,000 Euro was donated in 2019 as unbureaucratic help for self-help and for a fairer world.


New: bioSnacky sprouting seeds at Rapunzel

Crispy, fresh sprouts can be cultivated on every windowsill - simple gardening for everybody. Discover the new bioSnacky power packages with their incredible nutrient variety.

New in the Rapunzel portfolio from now.


News about Sugar and its effect


Sugar is one of the major topics in nutrition. Is sugar dangerous? Why do we enjoy so much eating sweets? What is its effect on us? Learn more about all this in our latest post on interesting facts, critical opinions & tips about sugar


Fifth One World Award ceremony
Fifth One World Award ceremony

One World Award 2020 – submit application now

Innovative ideas, projects and individuals from around the world who should be honored with the One World Award (OWA) can be nominated once again from now until September 30, 2019. The future maker award that is endowed with 45,000 Euro prize money will be awarded for the sixth time in 2020. The OWA honors projects and people who work for a just and future-proof globalization that includes ecological, economic and social aspects.    


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A School for the Future of Africa

The future of Africa is shaped at the Hekima Girls' Secondary School in Tanzania. The project that combines first-class academic education with hands-on organic agriculture is made possible through Rapunzel's proprietary HAND IN HAND program and the associated HAND IN HAND fund. Rapunzel founder and managing director Joseph Wílhelm visited the school for the inauguration of a new dormitory.


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Second generation assumes responsibility at Rapunzel

The generational change has started in the management of Rapunzel Naturkost: Leonhard Wilhelm, the son of company founders Joseph Wilhelm and Jennifer Vermeulen, is now third Managing Director. Leonhard Wilhelm has already been working in the company for many years. Now, he is the first family member of the second generation who assumes managerial responsibility at the organic pioneer with headquarters in the Bavarian Allgäu region.


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Fairy tale wedding: Zwergenwiese and Rapunzel

With effect from February 28, 2017, Rapunzel Naturkost located in Legau in the Allgäu acquires Zwergenwiese Naturkost GmbH located in Silberstedt in the state of Schleswig Holstein. Zwergenwiese will continue as an independent enterprise at the present location. Moreover, the brand contents, the brand communication and the present customer structure with wholesale supply for the organic food trade will remain unchanged.


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Navdanya: a trip to the seed saviors

[06/18]  During his trip to India, Joseph Wilhelm also visited the Right Livelihood Award laureate Vandana Shiva and her Navdanya organisation.

Navdanya's core mission is the establishment of a seed bank with native, indigenous rice varieties. The seed bank also includes traditional medicinal plants. Rapunzel sources its Basmati rice from Navdanya. 


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Rapunzel receives the CSR Award of the German Federal Government

[01/17]  The German Federal Government awarded Rapunzel Naturkost GmbH with the CSR Award. Company founder and managing director Joseph Wilhelm received the award in Berlin and rejoiced in this special appreciation for sustainable economic practice and social management.


HAND IN HAND

Fair trade and organic farming are central for Rapunzel


Foreign Distributors

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