Rauch (company)

Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG is a beverage company based in Rankweil in Vorarlberg, Austria. It was founded in 1919 and has remained a family business for four generations.[2]

Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG
TypePublic
IndustryBeverage
Founded1919
FounderFranz Josef Rauch
Headquarters,
Key people
Jürgen Rauch (managing director)
ProductsBeverage
Revenue€1 billion (2020)[1]
Websitewww.rauch.cc
Rauch products in Austria

The Rauch brand is particularly known for producing a range of juices. The company exports products to about 100 countries and also offers private-label production services such as Bravo sold throughout the former Yugoslavia, and Albania.

HistoryEdit

The family business was founded by Franz Josef Rauch in 1919 as a cider press for the surrounding farmers. In the interwar period, however, the fruit juice production was already carried out industrially. In 1962 the company was taken over by the next generation and got internationally oriented.

In the 1970s, Rauch became the market leader in the Austrian market with the brands Happy Day and Bravo and sold Tetra-Pak instead of glass bottles. When a campaign against smoking was launched in Austria with the slogan "Ohne Rauch geht's auch" ("it's possible without smoke"), the company Rauch created the advertising slogan "Ohne Rauch geht's nicht, wenn man denn vom Fruchtsaft spricht" ("Without smoke it is not possible, if one speaks of the fruit juice") and was thus known until the 1980s. The slogan worked because Rauch is not only the name of the company, but also means smoke in german.

In 1998, the beverage supply was also extended to ice tea. In addition, the brewery Fohrenburg was taken over in Bludenz.

On 8 June 2016, the Federal Competition Authority of Austria (BWB) announced a decision of the Cartel Court on 3.3.2016 against Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG and Rauch Fruchtsäfte GmbH. Due to vertical price adjustments of final retail prices to retail customers in the period from September 2003 to March 2012, a fine of EUR 1.7 million was imposed.[3]

In 2017, the beverage producer was honored as the "Top Brand 2017" in the fruit drinks category in Germany. [4] It was the most successful year so far in the company's history and the company was able to increase sales by 2.4 percent from EUR 881 million to EUR 902 million.[5]

2019 was the first year in which Rauch sales grew over EUR 1 billion, which fell by 5.3 percent to EUR 965 million in 2020, presumably due to their gastronomy partners' massive losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

CompanyEdit

Business areasEdit

The production covers three business areas: the actual fruit juice production, semi-manufactured products and co-packing.[7] The products are exported to over 90 countries.

Today, Rauch is the world's only bottler of beverages for Red Bull.[8] In 2019, Rauch and the Red Bull company revealed plans to build a canning facility in Arizona within the following five years.[9]

Rauch also cooperates with the German Bitburger Brewery Group. As part of this cooperation since February 2008 Rauch products are distributed by Bitburger.[10]

LocationsEdit

The company has a total of 17 locations in 12 European countries and one in North America, with each subsidiary being assigned to a respective national subsidiary of Rauch.[11] The following production branches exist:

SponsoringEdit

 
Sebastian Vettel at the Malaysian Grand Prix 2011

In ski racing, Rauch Fruchtsäfte partners with the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) as well as the Slovenian (Slo.Ski) and the racers Anna Veith, Katharina Liensberger and Petra Vlhová.

Rauch fruit juices supports the football clubs FC Red Bull Salzburg and in Germany since 2017 the RB Leipzig.[12][13]

In cooperation with Red Bull, the Rauch logo can also be seen on the Formula 1 car from Red Bull Racing since its inaugural season.

Also, in beach volleyball, Rauch fruit juices sponsors of various events, such as the 2017 World Cup in Vienna.

Export refundsEdit

Since Commission Regulation (EC) No. 259/2008 in March 2008, recipients of the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) have been published on the internet.[14] As a result, it has been announced that Rauch receives export refunds from these funds to offset the difference between world sugar prices and high EU prices (due to protective tariffs and production quotas) in order to remain internationally competitive.[15] In the years 2008 to 2010, Rauch was by far the largest beneficiary of this money in Austria. Since 2011, the prices of EU sugar and the world market price are more or less balanced and compensation payments have therefore been halted.[16]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eine Milliarde Umsatz für Rauch Fruchtsäfte". Vorarlberg Online. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  2. ^ Austria, Advantage. "RAUCH Fruchtsäfte GmbH & Co OG - Company profile - Austrian companies- - advantageaustria.org". Advantage Austria. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Geldbußentscheidung gegen Rauch". Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde (in German).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Rauch Happy Day: Top-Marke 2017 in der Kategorie „Fruchthaltige Getränke"". aboutdrinks (in German).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "902 Millionen Euro Umsatz: Erfolgreichstes Jahr für Rauch Säfte". Vorarlberg Online (in German).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Umsatzrückgang bei Fruchtsafthersteller Rauch". ORF Vorarlberg (in German).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Rauch: Über uns". 8 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Red Bull steht zu Rauch als Hauptabfüllpartner". vorarlberg.ORF.at. 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Red Bull und Rauch gehen in die USA: Abfüllwerk um 250 Millionen". kurier.at (in German). Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  10. ^ Rauch kooperiert ab 2008 mit Bitburger, ORF Vorarlberg, 23. November 2007
  11. ^ "Niederlassungen". Rauch Fruchtsäfte (in German). Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  12. ^ Rauch wird offizieller Vitaminpartner von RB Leipzig (8. September 2016)
  13. ^ Rauch extends partnership with RB Leipzig (7. August 2017)
  14. ^ Commission Regulation (EC) No 259/2008 of 18 March 2008
  15. ^ Common organisation of agricultural markets
  16. ^ "Rauch Fruchtsäfte muss ohne EU-Agrarförderung auskommen". Russmedia. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2015.