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Our history

Successful for almost 120 years

In the mid-1950s, a young man in Hamburg, Laurens Spethmann, takes over the management of a small tea trading business. It is an era of new beginnings, change, and new ideas. He recognises that in addition to the traditional loose tea business, the future belongs to the tea bag and adjusts his business accordingly.

We were more creative. We were clearly the best sellers in the tea industry, and we were the most industrious“

explained Laurens Spethmann OTG’s success.

The birth of OTG

Although founded in 1907, OTG was really born in the 1950s. At that time, the small tea trading business became an international group which is now one of Europe’s leading companies in the tea industry.
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E-BOOK: 100 Years OTG

Here you will find OTG’s history described on 200 pages and richly illustrated.

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