Hillebrand Group

Hillebrand is the leading global player in the alcoholic beverage freight forwarding industry.

  • Sector Business Services
  • Ownership Majority
  • Turnover EUR 1600 M (2019)
  • Date of acquisition 11/2006
  • Date of sale 03/2022

Hillebrand is the leading global player in the alcoholic beverage freight forwarding industry, operating primarily via ocean transport. Fully specialized, the company has an active presence in all major wine and spirits producing areas. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, Hillebrand employs 2,500 people, and is present in 90 countries around the world.

First class logistics services

Hillebrand is the world’s market leading logistics provider to the beverage trade. The company has been 100% dedicated to the efficient and cost-effective logistics of beverages since its foundation in 1844 and offers a full range of transportation services and options, from full container loads to groupage shipments, from large volumes of bulk wine to small consignments via airfreight. The company’s activities are also supported by its subsidiary Trans Ocean, the largest flexitank operator in the world providing bulk logistics solutions since 1984. The company has been significantly outperforming its sector peers via a specialization on its core competencies, an entrepreneurial business development strategy and a high degree of professionalism.

At the forefront of logistics IT developments

As well as offering worldwide logistics services, the Hillebrand Group also offers sophisticated in-house operation and reporting systems which provide customers with complete visibility and control over the supply chain to ensure reliable fulfilment of commercial opportunities. The goal of Hillebrand Information Services is to improve customer service, increase efficiency of order management and improve customers’ control of the logistics process.

Majority shareholder

Cobepa first acquired 40% of the share capital in 2006. In August 2016, Cobepa increased its equity stake to 55%, alongside the Hillebrand family, management and another investment partner and has since increased its overall stake to 58%.

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