But how did the jam get the upper hand at the Ottiger family?
The innovative Walter Ottiger further expanded his ideas and, in addition to cheese production, also ran a cheese trade, which also sold a variety of jam. This beloved orange jam, made according to an old English recipe, found its way to rural Ballwil in 1973. After the original producer retired, he sold his recipe to Walter Ottiger. The foundation was thus laid for the production of numerous types of jam.
Walter Ottiger Senior supported his son‘s ideas, hung the cheese apron on the hook and from then on produced the delicious jams in a converted car garage. At 4:00 am, long before the annoying wasps became active, the ingredients bubbled in the saucepans. Around noon, to protect the relatively unstable power grid, the production ended with a common Coffee Schnapps..
As the company grew larger, with an acute lack of space increasingly strict hygienic requirements, the two departments were merged in a new building in 1988.
Thanks to Walter Ottiger's generous and foresighted way of thinking, we can still count on two employees from this time and still have the opportunity to produce at the same location.
Twenty years later, the business is still run by Katja Ottiger. Many hurdles were overcome, the market environment became rougher, requirements for hygiene, traceability and security, to name just a few, were continuously tightened. Today's management owes its successful existence and constant growth to the solid foundations laid by Grandfahter Ottgier, Walter Ottgier and the many long-term employees who have always pulled together and faced all challenges.
The joint pursuit of goals with our employees made an outstanding conversion in production possible in 2019, as well as the integration of a new filling line and this without delivery bottlenecks.
With this in mind, we continue to do our best to let tradition live on in a modern environment..