2000 until today
Adrian Kohler, already working for the company for many years, becomes the new CEO of Ricola AG. Felix Richterich remains an active part of the company as President and Executive Board member, supported by his brother, Lukas Richterich, as Executive Board Vice President.
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 November 2011, Adrian Kohler’s tragic death had a devastating effect on the company. During his long-standing association with Ricola, Adrian Kohler made an outstanding contribution to the company’s success through his commitment and dedication. At the end of 2011, in addition to his role as Executive Board President of Ricola AG Felix Richterich once again assumed responsibility as Chief Executive Officer. He continues to be supported by his brother, Lukas Richterich, who remains as Executive Board Vice President.
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.