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COMPO welcomes Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH

COMPO, Europe's leading supplier of branded goods for the home and garden, has acquired all the shares in Mannheim-based Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH retroactively as of 1 January 2022. Founded in Mannheim in 1868, the family-owned business is now in its fourth generation and still stands for the same values: tradition and innovation combined. Propfe now develops and produces innovative fertilisers using natural, organic raw materials. Working with COMPO for years, the business has built up extraordinary expertise in organic liquid fertilisers, in particular. "After years of cooperating successfully and in good faith, I am delighted that Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH will be continued as part of COMPO and further developed in our common interest," says Doctor Herbert Theodor Propfe, sole shareholder and managing director of Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH. He will continue to work closely with COMPO as a consultant. Propfe adds: "COMPO's innovative capacity and direction provides the basis for further developing our high level of product quality and performance, transferring it from professional users to end customers, while strengthening our sustainability standards." "Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH is a highly specialised family business and stands for extraordinary expertise in the premium quality organic fertiliser segment," COMPO Group CEO Stephan Engster looks forward to working with Propfe. "Joining the COMPO Group is a further step in our defined sustainability strategy and makes a valuable contribution to the expansion of our eco-sustainable product range – always in keeping with the COMPO quality guarantee. Customer benefits are always at the centre of the strategy. After all, environmental awareness, climate protection and sustainability are already a constant and firmly established part of the everyday lives of many hobby gardeners." Across Europe, organic products already have a revenue share of about 30 per cent in the market for soils, fertilisers, lawn care and plant protection. "It is reasonable to assume that this share will rise to more than 50 per cent across Europe. Organic is becoming the new normal," says Engster. COMPO shareholder Duke Street also welcomes the strategic decision. Environmental protection and the development of eco-sustainable products are also a major priority for all of us. Image: Stephan Engster, CEO of COMPO and Dr. Herbert Theodor Propfe, sole shareholder and managing director of Heinr. Propfe Chem. Fabrik GmbH (from left).

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COMPO SANA® once more named 'Brand of the Century'

When COMPO SANA® was launched as the first potting soil in consumer-friendly packaging in 1956 no one could have imagined that it would still be the best-known brand in this range* 66 years later. COMPO's classic product not only won over plant and garden owners, but once more also the jury of ZEIT publishing house subsidiary TEMPUS CORPORATE, which named COMPO SANA® 'Brand of the Century 2022'. Dr Florian Langenscheidt publishes the 'German Standards. Brands of the Century' compendium every three years, presenting the most highly rated German brands from various product categories in the process. The selection is based on a two-stage evaluation procedure that uses a points-based system to assess key factors that are critical to the success of a brand. These factors include the brand's age, international character and linguistic recognition. Market leader COMPO is delighted to receive the award for COMPO SANA®, which took centre stage in the potting soil category. "COMPO has excellent products and a world-class brand. Our uncompromising demand for high quality and our consumer-centric approach are confirmed by the fact that COMPO SANA® potting soil is still one of the strongest brands in Germany," says COMPO's CEO Stephan Engster. In keeping with the company's growth strategy in the area of organic products, COMPO SANA® potting soils are now even more sustainable. More than 50 per cent of our peaty soils, which have been certified in accordance with the RPP's stringent requirements for years, will consist of sustainable raw materials from this year. The recently launched COMPO wood fibre and the quality-assured green waste compost are processed exclusively at regional production sites in Germany. Thanks to the packaging's modern look, consumers can quickly choose the right potting soil. And with a share of 60 per cent recycled plastic, it is also more environmentally friendly. The recently added COMPO FOOTPRINT on all packaging points to the reduction of the CO2 footprint. Stephan Engster adds: "The COMPO FOOTPRINT is just one of the many measures our company is taking to minimise its ecological footprint and reinforce activities to protect the environment." And COMPO can also count on the strategic support of Duke Street, which has been operating successfully in Europe for more than 25 years and also attributes particular importance to recycling and resource protection. * Representative survey of plant/garden owners, Markendienst, June 2018. Image: Oliver Trappmann (Regional Director Central Europe) and CEO Stephan Engster are delighted to receive another award for COMPO's classic product.

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