2000 until today
The Richterich family continues to manage the long-established company in the new millennium. In his position as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Felix Richterich is supported by his brother Lukas Richterich, who acts as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors.
In 2006, Ricola AG in Laufen opens a new factory for the production of herb drops. This state-of-the-art-facility with integrated process control system meets the latest technical requirements for pharmaceutical and food production. The old factory has since been renovated and is now used as a packing center.
Ricola’s international status continues to grow: New subsidiaries are founded in Italy, Hong Kong and England. In addition to the Ricola herb drops, the company launches new products such as soft herb pastilles and herb tea bags. These complete the Ricola range.
Ricola AG starts the Ricola Foundation in 2010. This non-profit foundation is Ricola’s contribution to research and preservation of natural cultivation processes and our cultural heritage. The first major project supported by the Ricola Foundation is COLOSS, a scientific network for research into the global losses of honeybee colonies.
In 2014, an additional building is opened: the Ricola Kräuterzentrum (Herb Center). As a central location for processing and storing Ricola herbs, it reflects the company’s knowledge of herbs.
Today over 400 employees work for Ricola worldwide. Ricola products are available in more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Ricola’s commitment to innovation is ongoing. This is proven by the launch of the new flavors Mixed Berry, Mountain Mint, Liquorice and Apple Mint.