The Company.

Nature provides us with the precious basic ingredient for all our products – Adelholzener mineral water. Our actions are therefore driven by social responsibility, sustainability and environmental awareness. The reasons for this particularly lie in the long and eventful history of Adelholzener Alpenquellen. Would you like to find out more? Please read on for more of an insight.

Tradition and history


The new business hospitality at the Adelholzener company premises opened. The modern and light-flooded cafeteria offers the employees on 450 square meters different daily dishes – largely in organic quality and from regional origin.



A new glass facility is being built and put into operation. The modern and complex facility allows the filling of up to 28.000 bottles per hour. Furthermore, it is the first line of the mineral well with a full bottle inspector which checks bottles specifically for foreign substances.



Introduction of the Adelholzener glass bottle in a practical blue crate. Adelholzener is thereby able to record growth in a generally declining market for glass bottles.



The Active O2 trademark went international with the sale of its first bottles in Austria. Now, Active O2 is sold in more than 20 countries, including Japan, South Korea and the USA.



The Company began using a returnable PET bottling plant – the first of its kind with cleanroom technology. Adelholzener’s first returnable PET bottles are launched into the market. Due to cleanroom technology fruit juice drinks and spritzers can be bottled with a longer shelf life and without preservatives or additives.



Adelholzener Primusquelle is renamed Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH.



A new mineral water spring in the nature reserve, Bergener Moos, which is now used for the majority of the Company’s products except for its medicinal water, was tapped into.



A new bottling facility was built below the convent. The small bottling shop was transformed into a modern industrial plant.



The designer Günter Kupetz developed the GDB’s (GDB = Genossenschaft Deutscher Brunnen eG = Cooperative Society of German Springs and Wells) pearled bottle, which is considered to be a technical and design innovation and which is still used by Adelholzener to this very day.



Sister M. Iphigenia Insam joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity in 1933, was assigned to Adelholzen in 1943 and soon became the managing director there. It is particularly due to her that the manual bottling station has become an expanding mineral water company – something for which the Congregation can be grateful.



Adelholzen receives electricity and the first electric bottling plant. From then onwards the bottling plant, warehouses and administrative building were continuously modernised and extended.



In 1849 the owner, Georg Mayr, began filling the spring water into small kegs so that visitors to the spa could take the water home. In 1895 his son, Wilhelm Mayr, began to carbonate the water, to fill it into glass bottles and to ship it.

3rd Century A.D.

According to legend, a Roman legionnaire, who spent time in the Chiemgau region as a missionary and recluse, discovered the spring “in Andlo’s forest” (“im Holze des Andlo”) more than 1,700 years ago. Using the curative properties of the water and the power of the Christian faith he cured the poor and the sick and was later canonized as St. Primus.



Adelholzen Alpenquellen invests consistently in modern equipment and training contents. The aim is to take over the company’s own well-trained staff and to open up future perspectives. In 2016 three apprentices receive the Bavarian State Prize for outstanding, scholastic achievements and extraordinary commitment in the company.

Ehrung Azubis


The employer’s liability insurance association for comestible goods and catering industry bestows the 2014 Prevention Award on Adelholzener in the category “Operative Safety Engineering” for a new splinter shield on cullet wagons. The brush cover developed by Adelholzener prevents glass bottle cullet from being whipped towards employees and injuring them.



Nationwide introduction of a new Adelholzener non-returnable bottle with a sports cap. Adelholzener mineral water can now be bought throughout the whole of Germany for the first time.



National launch of the Adelholzener organic spritzer, “Bio Schorle”. The trademark Adelholzener plays a significant role outside of Bavaria for the first time. Numerous organic food stores start stocking not only Adelholzener’s organic spritzers (“Bio Schorlen”) but also Adelholzener’s mineral water in returnable bottles.



The Company began using one of the first non-returnable PET bottling lines and launched its new brand, Active O2, nationwide in a modern PET bottle with a practical sports cap. At the same time Adelholzener embarked on its first national television campaign for the new drink. Adelholzener was transformed from a regional drinks producer into a national producer of branded products.



Construction of a new warehouse and logistics centre together with an administrative building.



Sister M. Theodoline Mehltretter heads the springs’ operations in the capacity of managing director. She was appointed the General Superior of the religious order in 2004 and has been on the Advisory Board of Adelholzener Alpenquellen since then.



Introduction of the low calorie “Bleib in Form” (“Keep Trim”) lemonade. This product line is still a success in the market.

BiF Orange 0,7 l GDB

The early 1970s.

Pro-active advertising did not seem to suit the Congregation’s self-perception for a long time, but the decision to produce on an industrial scale meant that the Congregation had to rethink its ideas. Munich was still one of the most important marketplaces and so Adelholzener advertised on the Munich buses and trams.



Official recognition as a “spa” (“Bad”) town by the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior (Bayerische Staatsministerium des Inneren), thereby becoming “Bad Adelholzen”.



The Primus spring is awarded the title “state-recognised medicinal spring” (“staatlich anerkannte Heilquelle”). The Adelholzener medicinal water can still be bought today.



The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul acquired the Adelholzen spa and, with it, the spring. At the time, more than 1,500 sisters working in and around Munich looking after the sick came to Bad Adelholzen in order to regain their strength in the rest home before continuing their hard work. The sisters filled the bottles by hand.



First recorded entry of Bad Adelholzen. Adelholzen has been known as a spa town since at least the 16th Century. Initially, it was for the main part local farmers, citizens and craftsmen who bathed in the waters here. Then, as of the 17th Century, the nobility discovered the spa for itself


Tradition and History.

Healing powers and benevolence are two terms that have long been associated with the Adelholzener waters throughout history. Legend says that the medicinal spring at Bad Adelholzen was discovered by the Roman preacher St. Primus at the end of the 3rd Century.

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