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Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker receives ISM Award 2019

Dr Hermann Bühlbecker, the familiar face of the Lambertz company and brand, is the first German confectioner to receive the ISM Award this year. Since 2014, the award has been presented by ISM, the world’s largest and most important trade fair for sweets and snacks, for exceptional services to the sweets and snacks industry. 


Bühlbecker represents the company personally at ISM every year and hosts the legendary “Lambertz Monday Night” with its chocolate & fashion show. The takeover by Bühlbecker marked the beginning of a new era for Lambertz: The group’s sales have increased since 1978 from the equivalent of EUR 8 million at the time to EUR 666 million today, making Lambertz a global market leader (in fall and holiday cookies). 

Lambertz is a company with a long tradition: Altogether, the brands have a history going back 1,000 years. No other German company has as many protected designations of origin (Nuremberg gingerbread, Aachener Printen and Dresdner Stollen) as Lambertz. Much of this success can be attributed to Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker. Furthermore, the international orientation of the company could be expanded through regular participation at ISM, where Lambertz has been represented since the trade fair was established and has one of the largest stands. 

Besides being the sole owner of the 4,000-strong Lambertz Group, Bühlbecker is also an entrepreneur and above all the person behind the successful company history of the last 40 years. This is also reflected in the numerous awards. In addition to the Federal Cross of Merit, Bühlbecker’s distinctions also include the “National Entrepreneur of the Year” (FAZ, Manager Magazin and Ernst & Young), the “Goldener Zuckerhut” (Lebensmittel Zeitung) and the "Goldene Uhr" (Sweets Global Network e.V. international confectionery association) awards. 

The presentation of the ISM Award with an exclusive dinner will take place on the evening of the first exhibition day of the 49th ISM in Cologne (27.01.2019). The laudatory speech will be held by Klaus Dohle, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Dohle Handelsgruppe. 

The jury of the ISM Award is composed of international representatives from industry, trade and science. 

ISM’s organisers are Koelnmesse and its conceptual sponsor, the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (AISM) Task Force. 

Previous award winners: 

2014 - Herman Goelitz Rowland Sr., Chairman of the Board, Jelly Belly Candy Company, USA 
2015 - Felix Richterich, proprietor and CEO of Ricola AG, Switzerland 
2016 - James N. Walker, Walkers Shortbread, Great Britain 
2017 - Gota Morinaga, Representative Director, Representative Chairman, Morinaga Co. Ltd., Japan 
2018 - Dylan Lauren, Founder and owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar, USA 

Around 1,660 suppliers from 76 countries are expected at ISM 2019. 

Parallel to ISM: ProSweets Cologne - the international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry. Over 300 companies from the sectors of manufacturing, packaging and ingredients are once again expected in Cologne from 27 to 30 January 2019. 

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