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From Spirulina pioneer to an established supplier of premium raw materials

When Dr. Winfried Behr established his business in 1976, the food industry had seen very few differentiation and creativity so far.

The graduated chemist had early identified the opportunities in the changing industry and first experimented with a number of exotic raw materials.

Eventually, it was the “discovery” of Spirulina that set the economical basis for the company’s expansion. Dr. Behr imported the microalgae directly from Mexico and established it in the European market as classic among the food supplements.

Dr. Behr – quality since 1976

It was his keen feel for trends and his cosmopolitan appearance that made him gain a great reputation – not only in the producer countries – and made the small business in Bonn an insider tip in the up-and-coming sector. Over the years, the first mover with excellent contacts to overseas had turned into a capable supplier of high-quality raw materials for food supplement manufacturers. Product portfolio, partnerships and, last but not least, the number of satisfied customers had been growing steadily.


In 2009, when Martin Landré took over the business and the experienced, committed team from Dr. Winfried Behr, the company witnessed a smooth generation change. Together, we were able to maintain the company’s traditions and, at the same time, focus on innovations.

Directly after the handover, we implemented a powerful enterprise resource planning system to seamlessly track and trace all product movements.

Additionally, we are certified according to DIN ISO 22000 – the comprehensive and internationally accepted standard for management systems in the food industry.

Thus, we can guarantee our customers a high level of process reliability and compliance with these standards. And Dr. Behr is also certified with the organic label and offers kosher and halal certified products.

Thanks to investing in processes and safety, we could continually expand our portfolio of high-quality products. In addition to premium conventional herbal raw materials, we also offer a choice of plant substances in organic quality – a clear advantage for our customers and their consumers.

You want to know more? Click here to read about our quality standards and certificates.

We assume responsibility

Taking social responsibility is of vital importance to Dr. Behr. Hence, our action is decisively shaped by treating our staff in a fair manner, accepting responsibility for the society and managing our business in a foresighted way.

And we also want to protect the environment and climate. Hence, Dr. Behr ships all goods with the carbon neutral shipping option of our logistic partner UPS. With every parcel that leaves our warehouse we thus support projects that offset the emissions of the shipment’s transport.

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