August Töpfer & Co. (GmbH & Co.) KG

provides systems for food and non-food applications and offers clients a comprehensive service: import, storage, packaging and logistics. The Company has around 300 employees. Our clients include the leading European retail and discount companies and the confectionary industry. ATCO obtains its raw materials from reliable long-time cooperation partners in the countries of origin. Because the products we deliver are packaged at our own plant in Hamburg ATCO is able to check product quality on the spot and ensure that items are delivered on schedule.

Our philosophy

During its many years in wholesale and retail ATCO has always been a future-oriented company with a consciousness of tradition. ATCO demands topmost quality of its products and the services associated with them. We are constantly working on their development and optimisation. It is this consistency that has shaped the company’s self-image. It enables ATCO to guarantee clients the best possible quality at all times.

Our history

August Töpfer & Co. (GmbH & Co. KG) was founded in 1912 by Mr. August Toepfer in Erfurt / Germany, as a wholesaler of imported commodities such as sugar, coffee, legumes and dried fruits. After the death of the founder in 1918 the company was taken over by a group of 5 shareholders, among them Rudolf Ernst. The 5 leaves of the palm tree in the company logo still symbolise this. After the end of Word War II the company gave up the former headquarters in East Germany and relocated to the existing branch office in Hamburg. At the end of the 1950s the original group of shareholders retired. Alfred and Klaus Ernst sons of Rudolf Ernst took over the company. The continued to grow the business in its traditional key commodities such as sugar, dired fruits and animal feed.

August Töpfer & Co. became established as a major player in the European sugar trade. Today August Töpfer & Co. still is the largest German exporter of white sugar.

Since 1990 the company is beeing lead by Rudolf and Robert Ernst, the third generation of the Ernst family at the helm. The company has grown steadily and now provides a comprehensive service to clients covering import, storage, packaging and logistics.