The Bode story
In 1960, Horst Bode founded the family business in the famous Deichstraße in Hamburg, today a museum-seeming alley, the goods are classically lifted with pulley in the floors of the brick-timbered houses. The founders trade conventional delicacies and spices. These come from Germany and Europe and from the spice market.
1980, move to Wentorf near Hamburg. The topic of organic food is still in early stages, but the organic idea develops in the family and so private consume and business changes. Customers are health food shops and health-food producers.
Until 1985, only Horst and Gisela Bode are working with some temporary workers. Then they hire a full-time office worker.
In 1990, the company moves to the Hamburgs district of Lohbrügge.
Since 1993, the son Frank Bode leads the successful second-generation organic trading house. When the 48-year-old takes over the small business in 1993 at the present location, he is 23 years old. Three employees and a 300-square-meter warehouse without pallet racks are sufficient. With a car and trailer and later a small van, he delivers the ordered goods to the customers in the area.
In 1999, the warehouse is expanded for the first time.
In 2000, a second hall is added. With increasing sales, the stock requirement also increases.
In 2001, the first packaging line goes into operation, both for BODE NATURKOST brand bags and for the private label business. An own organic shop opens on the factory premises. It will have to give way to new offices a few years later, as more employees are recruited due to growing sales and tasks.
In 2002, customers can order via the first online shop. New focuses are raw food raw materials and a Fair Trade line is added.
As of 2010, warehouses must be rented or bought in the area, since the capacities in Lohbrügge are not enough. This is followed by further warehouse buildings, cold storage and deep-freeze warehouses are also added.
In 2016, new production facilities and a more modern automated packaging system are ready. The employees move into a new office building, because the success also reflects in more employees. Today, around 80 employees work at the growing company headquarters.
2017, the largest warehouse no. 12 is completed. It meets the latest logistics requirements. The hall is 65 m long, 35 m wide and 16 m high and holds a volume of 36,400 cubic meters. This adds a capacity of 7,000 pallet spaces. Frank Bode: "With 2.5 million euros, this is the largest investment since the founding of the family business. Our customers benefit from expanded storage capacity as more products are available for immediate delivery. "
2018, Bode Naturkost is one of the largest organic importers in Germany with 400 containers per year plus a high amount of truck accesses. Further professionalization in all the trade levels accompanied and the higher import impact rate lead to increasingly safer, more reliable, fresher and even cheaper raw materials. Meanwhile, Bode ship more than 12,000 pallets to the customers every year, and the number is rising.