Emmi is founded

The members of the Central Switzerland Milk Association (MVL) decide to separate association activities from commercial activities in favour of a modern division-based structure. The company Emmi AG is founded on 23 June 1993 within the framework of an annual general meeting.

Emmi AG

The newly founded group of companies consists of the parent company Emmi AG and the subsidiaries Butterzentrale Luzern AG, Emmi Frischprodukte AG, Emmi Dagmersellen AG, Emmi Käse AG – including Käserei Sarnen AG and Käsehandel Muther AG – Frischpool AG and Vergal AG. MVL retains overarching responsibility for managing the group of companies.

In 1993, the strategy is defined of becoming national market leader and strengthening activities abroad by means of increasing exports and licensing.


On 1 January 1993, the single European market comes into effect, providing a boost to growth. The Swiss population votes against joining the European Economic Area (EEA) in 1992 and consequently is unable benefit from this positive trend. The economy continues to stagnate until 1996. Major changes are ushered in for the Swiss dairy industry when the Federal Council elects to reduce the milk price to 10 centimes while at the same time increasing direct payments to farmers.