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Samuel van den Bergh

Samuel van den Bergh (6 April 1864 in Oss – 4 February 1941 in Nice) was one of the main European margarine and soap manufacturers in the early 20th century.

In 1888, the year his father, Simon van den Bergh, opened his first German margarine factory in Kleve, Van den Bergh joined his father's margarine company, of which he became general director in 1909 after his father's death in 1907.[1] He was initially in fierce competition with another manufacturer from Oss, Netherlands. Antonius Johannes Jurgens,whose grandfather, Antoon Jurgens, had founded the first margarine factory in the world in 1870 in Oss by buying a French patent and operated another German factory in nearby Goch. Both competitors merged in 1927 to form the Margarine Unie in Rotterdam (which would merge in 1930 with Lever Brothers to form Unilever).[2]


  1. ^ "Samuel van den Bergh". Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Organisation introduction". Retrieved 14 April 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Charles Wilson: The history of Unilever. A study in economic growth and social change. 2 vols. London, Cassell & Company, 1954. Ed. Cassell 1970: ISBN 0-304-93605-7
House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Preceded by
Dirk Fock
Member for Rotterdam I
Succeeded by
Hendrik Goeman Borgesius