Founded in 1886 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Verstegen Spices & Sauces is a family company, currently in its fourth generation of ownership. As a market-leading producer and supplier of ingredients and food products, our philosophy is simple; to source, produce and supply only premium quality products and to inspire you with new tastes and ideas...all of which we do, with pleasure.
For an insight into the history, expansion and current business activities of Verstegen, please view our latest video presentation below.
Our Corporate Mission
Verstegen has been a family owned business since it was founded in 1886. Today, the fourth generation is leading the way.
We think that herbs and spices create the base for great flavour. That’s why we supply the highest quality.
The History of Verstegen
1886 - The Creation
Verstegen Spices Trade and Factory of Preservatives was founded in 1886 by Mr. Verstegen in Rotterdam. Mr. Verstegen died in 1897. After his death, the company continued under the management of the two proxy holders: Messrs C. Diederik and J. Man in 't Veld. Under their leadership, the company was engaged in the trade in spices, dried fruits and bakery ingredients.
1914 - The tripartite division
Around 1914, Mr. Diederik's eldest daughter became engaged to Mr. FP Kersteman, who sold his painting business and joined his father-in-law, Mr. Diederik. When the notorious anti-trust law was introduced in 1915, Verstegen Spices
Trade and Factory of preservatives were split into three parts:
- Firm C. Diederik and Zn Bakery Ingredients under the leadership of Mr. Diederik;
- Company JH Verstegen led by Mr. Man in 't Veld;
- Firm Verstegen Spice Trade and Factory of Preservatives, led by Mr Kersteman, who married Mr Diederik's daughter in 1918.
1918 - Butchery and sausage maker
Verstegen laid the foundations for butchery and sausage making.
1932 - A fixed core of customers
The company prospered especially after the end of the 1st World War. Despite the crisis years in 1932 and 1933, the company managed to keep its head above water. By delivering quality, service and reliability, Verstegen gained a large and solid core of customers who guaranteed the steady growth of the company.
1939 - The Driessen's join the family
In 1939 Mr. BJ Driessen (the father of Jan Driessen) came into service as a representative and married Mr. Kersteman's daughter. A few years later, the BJ Driessen took over the company. This brought the first generation of Driessens at the helm.
1940 - Secure the recipes
On 14 May 1940, jet-black clouds of smoke hung over Rotterdam and the company on Hugo de Grootstraat 104 was completely destroyed, with the exception of the safe with Verstegen recipes. A few hours before the big bombing on Rotterdam, Mr Kersteman managed to secure the recipes from this safe.
1945 - Liberation
A year after the liberation on 5 May 1945, some raw materials slowly came in and a hesitant start was made from a garage in the Hillegersberg district. Only six years after the end of WW II did we have another business space on Hoornbrekerstraat and quality raw materials in stock.
1949 - International Growth
Our international growth started in 1949, just across the border in Belgium and in 1962 we also started exploring the terrain of catering and industrial kitchens.
1964 - Expansion
After about twelve years, the building on Hoornbrekerstraat also became too small. On December 30, 1964, the beautiful new business premises at Giessenweg 62 were taken into use, where production is still taking place.
1979 - A new owner
On November 30, 1979 Mr. BJ Driessen said goodbye as director and owner of Verstegen and also announced that his son Jan Driessen would take over.
2009 - The third generation of Driessens
In 2009, Michel Driessen, son of Jan Driessen, became the owner of the company and the third generation of Driessens came to the helm.
2020 - 130 years and still going strong
With more than 130 years of experience a lot has changed over the years, but to this day we are known for our high quality, craftsmanship and reliability.
2020 - Purest herbs and spices
We are active in more than 30 countries around the world, from the supermarket to the industry. With a large variation from the purest herbs and spices to the tastiest mixes, sauces and marinades.