Our chronicle
From the foundation in 1855 until today

18.06.1855
Peter Heinrich Krücken founds in cologne the agency business for grain and flour

12.01.1867
Albrecht Rudolf Paul Kuchenbuch is born in Großwanzleben

28.06.1876
Maria Kuchenbuch, given birth von Gimborn, is born

01.01.1895
Peter Heinrich Krücken commits the company to Albrecht Rudolf Paul Kuchenbuch

06.02.1903
Werner Kuchenbuch is born

18.12.1908
Paul Beuth is born

1923
Oskar Peschken joins the company

01.05.1925
Paul Beuth joins the company

03.09.1934
Eberhard Kuchenbuch is born


25.07.1938
Albrecht Rudolf Paul Kuchenbuch dies in the age of 71 years

26.07.1938
Werner Kuchenbuch takes the management of the parent company in cologne

25.02.1941
In Karlsruhe a branch office, which is transferred 1952 to Mannheim, is founded – Oskar Peschken takes the management

28.05.1951
Werner Kuchenbuch dies in the age of 48 years

01.09.1958
Eberhard Kuchenbuch joins the company

03.02.1961
Maria Kuchenbuch, given birth von Gimborn, dies in the age of 84 years

08.08.1961
Transformation of the company to a general partnership

05.08.1967
Jens Kuchenbuch is born

31.12.1972
Oskar Peschken, managing director of the branch office Mannheim,leaves because of reasons of age

01.08.1973
Paul Beuth dies in the age of 65 years

01.10.1989
Jens Kuchenbuch joins the company


01.07.1991
A sales office is opened in Könitz/Thüringen

01.01.1994
The general partnership is transformed to a PLC & limited commercial partnership

06.05.1998
The brand “P.Krücken” is protected by the patent office in munich

01.01.2000
Jens Kuchenbuch becomes a companion

02.01.2000
The capital paid in is raised to 1.25 Million DM

01.05.2000
Takeover of 25 percent of the shares of Agritrade Prag

19.12.2001
HACCP-certification by the Dekra Stuttgart, certificate-number 71201007

17.12.2002
To fullfill todays quality requirement, the company is checked by Dekra, Stuttgart on a yearly basis and the certificate is renewed resp. enhanced

01.07.2004
The company fights for the environment and installs solar
cells on the roof of the central office in cologne

21.04.2005
The managing partner Eberhard Kuchenbuch dies in the age of 70 years.

21.04.2005
Jens Kuchenbuch becomes sole partner and manager.

31.12.2005
Erhard Tietze celebrates his early retirement after working
more than 14 years for the company P. Kruecken.

07.05.2006
Elen Kuchenbuch-Ohanjanyan is born

15.12.2006
Certification to match the new GMP+ – B2 Standard

01.04.2007
The activites of the branch office in Könitz/Thüringen are transferred to cologne.

31.12.2007
Marianne Grieger goes into well-earned retirement. She was working for the company for 42 years.

20.07.2008
Wikipedia adds an entry about the company.

12.12.2010
Anna Kuchenbuch is born – the 5th generation.

15.06.2011
Siegfried Friedrich completes the team of traders

17.06.2011
Participation in Agritrade Prag is raised by 7,8% to 32,8% in total

03.02.2012
P.Krücken has been certified by DEKRA.


01.03.2012
The company Agritrade Georgia in Tiflis is founded.

03.03.2014
The “good soul”, Annely Kuchenbuch, dies on 3rd of march 2014.

01.05.2015
On the 1st of may 2015 the branch office in Astana, Agritrade Kasachstan, is founded

15.06.2016
All Shares in Agritrade Kasachstan are sold to the co-owners