In 1226, Ash Wednesday, like today’s Ash Wednesday, was the start of Lent, but in North Rhine-Westphalia it was also the day that the city of Hamm was founded and the oil mill was built at the western gate. Friedrich Wilhelm Brökelmann took over this oil mill in 1845, therefore laying the foundations for a long-term successful and sustainable success story in Hamm. Today, like 170 years ago, Brökelmann + Co Oelmühle GmbH + Co is completely family-run and is managed by Bertram Brökelmann in its fifth generation. As one of the last owner-managed oil mills in Germany, it maintains its pioneering market position in the area of cooking oils.
Along with its long tradition, this has only been possible with perfected production processes and constant innovations as well as the highest quality standards. A fully automated production, long-standing employees, practically no staff turnover and regular checks as well as certifications allow to provide an answer to ever-changing market conditions. Our claim at Brökelmann + Co is to always provide our customers with consistently high quality, fresh from the mill, at a very good quality/price ratio.
A sustainable approach towards the environment and the resources from nature, respectful work together and the highest product quality – this has been applied in all areas of the company for over 170 years, since the oil mill was bought in Hamm. Our persistence and our success give us the incentive to maintain these claims and develop them further.
From nature back to nature. Every day, detailed energy and environmental management ensures that our processed products and ingredients make their contribution to nature. In our company, we generate an average of less than 1% waste a year – how do we do that?
Let’s take our rapeseed, for example. This is delivered to us as seed and further processed – firstly, the resulting products are sold as QS-certified animal feed to the animal feed industry. Along with rape cake, rapeseed lecithin is extracted, which is used in the food industry to produce chocolate. Our mucilage and mixed oil fatty acids from the refining process are also converted to green energy in a biogas plant.