Our Company History

For more than 120 years, we have been producing high quality dairy products in Lauingen. Over the years, we have continued to cultivate and expand our traditional craftsmanship and expertise as well as develop and successfully implement innovative technologies. Today, the MGL Molkereigesellschaft Lauingen mbH is a globally successful family-owned business specialising in the milk protein sector, which continues to pursue the long tradition of milk refinement at the Lauingen site.


17.11.1895

17.11.1895

A farming cooperative is founded and, with it, the first dairy in the region.

1935

1935

Lauingen becomes the first site in Germany to refine milk protein in the form of acid casein.

1938

In Lauingen, casein is produced in a continuous process for the first time.

1949

1949

The product range is expanded with the production of milk and whey powder using roller driers.    

1961

1961

The extension was completed in 1961. At the time, the rattling milk churns were still transported by carts.

1970

1970

The first milk collection trucks were introduced.

1978

1978

Lauingen becomes the first dairy in Germany to use membrane systems such as reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration in the refinement of milk and whey.

1984

MGL is the first dairy in Germany to begin continuous production of rennet casein using a direct rennet dosage.

1985

MGL is the first dairy in Germany to introduce the refinement of casein to caseinate using the extrusion process as the optimum energy solution.

1986

MGL installs the first combined heat and power unit (CHP). This enables a primary energy efficiency (oil / gas) of over 80 % in the company.

1991

As the first dairy in Germany, MGL introduces tube and plate heat exchangers integrated in the fluid bed dryers, enabling heat to be directly transferred to the proteins. On the one hand, this enabled gentle drying in the low temperature range, while on the other hand using the waste heat of the CHPs – which in turn made it possible to save 40% of total primary energy. At the same time, the electrical power of the CHPs was increased to 1.3 MW.

1992

Change of legal form from a cooperative to a limited liability company (German GmbH) within the scope of a management buy-out.

1997

MGL builds a new EU-accredited casein plant in Switzerland for the production of acid casein and rennet casein for food products.

2002

MGL implements a newly developed extrusion technology which enables a significant improvement to product qualities and functions.

2004

2004

On 1 April, upon the accession of Lithuania to the European Union, MGL puts its newest plant “MGL Baltija“ into operation. “MGL Baltija” is equipped with two spray towers, two evaporation systems (thermal and mechanical compression), crystallisation systems and all membrane technologies such as RO, NF, UF and MF. The company now operates under the name “Nordic Proteins”. The functional and native milk proteins produced are used as raw material for further refinement by MGL.

2005

MGL builds a new continuous casein plant including a butter-making plant for a partner in Argentina.

2008

MGL is awarded a prize for 10 years of outstanding achievements in the field of sodium caseinate as a “Golden Classics” special award of international quality inspections for milk products by the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

2009

MGL puts a new continuous casein line into operation at the Lithuanian plant.

2012

MGL is awarded a prize for 35 years of continuous top achievements in the area of acid casein as a “Golden Classics” special award of international quality inspections for milk products by the German Agricultural Society (DLG).

2012

MGL begins complete modernisation of the Lauingen site with new hygiene zones and new packaging technology.

2013

MGL implements a new fully-automatic palletising system in combination with a standard system including an integrated robot.

2014

2014

MGL expands its palletising system with an automatic stretch- and wrapping unit including slip sheets to further improve storage and transport safety.

2014

Third party certification of our HACCP-concept in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius.

2015

MGL supplies the entire production area with over pressure pure and filtered air in order to further minimise the risk of re-infection during production.

2018

MGL is awarded the “Prize for long-standing product quality” by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) for the 13th time. Third party certification for Food Safety Management Systems to a GFSI-approved standard FSSC 22000 by a DAkkS-accredited certification body as a provisional conclusion of improving and optimizing the production environment and production processes.

Sources: Heimathaus (museum of local history) of the City of Lauingen (Donau) and the City Archives of Lauingen (Donau)