1909 - The start of the world's best marzipan factory
A bookkeeper named Lauritz Thobo-Carlsen acquires a small marzipan factory at Dronningensgade in Odense. The customers are bakers and confectioners who use large quantities of marzipan which they manufacture themselves as and when required. His concept is to mass-produce a uniform, fresh marzipan. Even so, the almonds are manually blanched and pounded in large stone mortars for the first many years.
1930s - Napoleon hat
The marzipan factory begins to issue new recipes to confectioners and bakers. Many of the most popular cakes of the past 70 years come about during this period, including the best known and longest living Danish cake, the Napoleon Hat.
1950s - New factory and nougat production
A new factory opens in Toldbodgade in Odense, fully equipped with a test bakery and laboratory. The marzipan factory begins to export its products. Some 100 different qualities are now being produced, from the finest marzipan paste made exclusively with almonds to an apricot kernel paste. The factory starts making nougat using hazelnuts. It also processes chopped nuts, almond splits and similar products for bakers and the cake industry.
1961 - The Royal Danish Court
Odense Marcipan is appointed purveyor to the Royal Danish Court.
1960s - KiMs and salted peanuts
The company's experience of nut processing leads to the production of snacks, and salted peanuts are launched in 1963 under the brand name KiMS. The marzipan factory rapidly becomes Denmark’s largest producer of snacks. But in 1972, a new KiMs factory inaugurated and the snack production are now seperated from the marzipan production.
1990s - We become a part of the Orkla family
In 1991 Odense Marcipanfabrik is taken over by the Norwegian food company ORKLA, and in 1994 Odense Marcipanfabrik changes its name to Odense Marcipan A/S.
In 1998 we are ISO 9001 certified and the year after ORKLA acquires the Swedish marzipan manufacturer KÅKÅ AB, which owns two marzipan plants and a whoelsaler known as MaltCentralen. Odense Marcipan is given responsibility for marzipan production, which is centralised in Odense.
2000-2001 - Among the world's largest
Over the next few years, the plant expands significantly to become one of the largest marzipan manufacturers in the world.
2005 - 2006 - Danish Federation prize
in 2005 Odense Marcipan acquires Bæchs Conditori in Hobro, and in 2006 Odense Marcipan wins the Danish Food and Drink Federation’s prize for best works committee.
2007 - Odense Marcipan a super brand
Odense Marcipan acquires Marcia Industri A/S, and in September Odense Marcipan is awarded BRC certification. Odense Marcipan is also named Superbrands Business to Business.
2008 - Acquisition of Italian marzipan factory
Odense Marcipan takes over the Italian marzipan manufacturing plant Natural Food, specifically designed for the large-scale production of marzipan pastes for big industrial customers.
2009 - Celebrating 100 years of marzipan
Odense Marcipan celebrates its 100th anniversary.
2015 - ODENSE-group
The companies Odense Marcipan, Bæchs Conditori and Natural Food are integrated into a joint ODENSE organization wiht a common vision, mission and core values.
Today - the original philosophy still the same.
Odense Marcipan continues to adhere to its original concept: Supplier of raw materials and concept solutions for bakers/confectioners and food service, as well as raw materials for industry and, not least, for the retail market, where demand for marzipan is particularly high during the Christmas period.
The philosophy, then as now, is as follows:
“Our quality shapes our reputation, and our reputation attracts customers!” – quote from the founder of Odense Marcipan.