A Herisau Dairy, or Metrohm’s Milky Way out of Crisis

During my visit at a Herisau dairy, Molkerei Forster, not only did I get to know business owner Markus Forster and get a look at the inside of a milk plant, but I also learned about chemical analysis in dairy production.

The dairy industry has been particularly important in shaping Metrohm’s path. As many of you already know, Metrohm started out in 1943 as a producer of telecommunications and high-frequency technology instruments. The young company struggled to set foot in the business and accumulated debt that at one point exceeded the share capital by multiple times. When Metrohm developed its first electronic pH meter several years later, this paved the way out of the crisis: with dairy and cheese production being widespread in Eastern Switzerland, Metrohm met a local market need with its pH meter and finally made its breakthrough.

Get to know Herisau dairy producer Markus Forster in my video!

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  • Alyson Lanciki

    They also have a fantastic fondue restaurant in the center of Herisau which is highly recommended when you are in the area: I have been coming here since my very first visit to HQ!

    February 9, 2018 - 9:47 am Reply
  • C.S.Ramachandran

    It is so heartening to see how the local industries normally not associated with high technology benefit from our state-of-the-art instruments. It reminds me of Mother Dairy in India who have been our customers for more than two decades now. Just as for Molkerei Forster, the remarkable point about Mother Dairy remains the fact that their heritage is intrinsically linked to the co-operative movement in India and serves our farmers and sustains the rural population in an admirable manner.

    February 9, 2018 - 5:36 pm Reply

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