To the world of Rügenwalder Spezialitäten!Our factory is a place where tradition and innovation walk hand in hand. The roots of our tradition lie in the small Hanseatic town of Rügenwalde, Pomerania, where the Plüntsch family first developed its passion for making top-quality Rügenwalder specialities. It was there, in the middle of the 19th century, that Pauline Plüntsch lovingly created and matured our very first Rügenwalder Teewurst, a spreadable, smoked sausage.
Now in its fifth generation, this innovative family business produces delicious Rügenwalder specialities in Bad Arolsen, a small town in the German state of Hesse, and Staßfurt, in the state of Saxony-Anhalt.
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Bad ArolsenFerdinand Plüntsch settled with his family in the pretty little baroque town of Bad Arolsen, northern Germany, in order to establish new roots after they lost their previous home. In the pioneering days of the post-war period known as the Wirtschaftswunder, or "economic miracle", the smoking process for Rügenwalder Teewurst and the fish specialities created by cousin Paul Plüntsch was carried out in Bad Arolsen.
The 1980s saw Hans-Jürgen Plüntsch take over the reins to continue the family tradition with his wife Gabriele. In doing so, he fulfilled the promise he had made to his grandfather, Erich Plüntsch, when he was first entrusted with the secret records and original instructions for producing Rügenwalder specialities.
The new, modern factory in Bad Arolsen, completed in 2003, is purpose-built for manufacturing raw sausages. Rügenwalder Teewurst is made, matured and smoked here in the traditional, unhurried fashion.
StaßfurtIt was in 1993 that lucky coincidence brought the Rügenwalder Spezialitäten company to Staßfurt, a town made famous by its salt. Here—the birthplace of the world's potash mining industry and, at the time, home to the well-established nationally-owned East German television manufacturer VEB Fernsehgerätewerk Staßfurt—the former Staßfurt slaughterhouse was transformed into a modern sausage factory. Driven by his love of detail and innovative ideas, Hans-Jürgen Plüntsch realised his vision at the start of the new millennium and created a forward-looking company.
Today, products such as Pommersche Gutsleberwurst (liver sausage), Original RügenWürmer (salami snacks), Wienis (hot dog sausages) and Freaky Friks (mini meatballs), as well as the traditional favourite Staßfurter Goldhähnchen (cured and smoked chicken leg), are prepared here with great care and dedication.
RügenwaldeOur family tradition stretches all the way back to 1833. The Plüntsch family ran a private inn and the town's first hotel, and hearty Pomeranian specialities were on the menu.
Erich Plüntsch wrote in his account: "Every now and then a pig would be slaughtered for the restaurant, and the majority was made into sausage meat. The resulting sausage was the same sausage as that which was later dubbed 'Teewurst', and it was a particular favourite amongst the travellers. Gradually, guests began to develop a habit of taking one or two sausages home for themselves, or even for friends and family." So began the travels of the humble Teewurst—so-called because of its wonderful colour—and it later became known as Rügenwalder Teewurst.