What started in the German town of Gütersloh in 1910 as a specialist bakery for pre-cut pumpernickel (a German-style dark wholegrain bread) and other speciality breads, has grown into an international success. Today Mestemacher is the market leader in organic rye bread characterised by a long shelf life without the use of preservatives. Mestemacher’s conveniently packaged wholemeal breads are the product of controlled organic farming. The grain is sourced mainly from regional suppliers and ground in their own mill, guaranteeing freshness. Fibre-rich foods made from wholegrains gently processed to keep their nutritional quality intact are beneficial for digestion and can lower cholesterol. Mestemacher delivers the health-conscious consumer speciality breads that are natural, fibre-rich, wholegrain and, ultimately, nutritional in every way. The longlasting freshness of Mestemacher breads is achieved through a special pasteurisation process that keeps everyday bread fresh up to five months. An unopened pumpernickel can last over two years. Mestemacher breads are so fresh that NASA astronaut Thomas Reiter has specifically requested their products to eat in space. Mestemacher strives for a balanced relationship between the economic requirements to their company and their commitment to society and the environment. Gender equality in the company is just one notable aspect of this commitment.