Making history for more than 140 years
What's the perfect recipe for a company that specializes in enhancing the world of flavor? Well, you need more than just paprika — you also need passion and a pioneering spirit.
It all started with a dream
In his youth, Janos Kotányi dreamed of traveling all over the world, discovering different exotic herbs and spices. This dream inspired him to use exotic spices to master his country's traditional cuisine. In 1881 in his home town of Szeged, Hungary, he founded the company that bears his name. He put his first paprika mill into operation and began producing Hungarian paprika using his own personal recipe.
Beautiful flavor in high demand
Many people quickly fell in love with the paprika mix, and it was especially popular among high society in Vienna. This prompted Janos Kotányi to begin his first expansion by opening his first branch in the Döbling district of Vienna. The business continued to flourish and his paprika mixes soon reached illustrious heights.
Fine spices for high society
By now, Janos Kotányi had definitely reached privileged heights, as he became an official supplier to the imperial and royal courts. From that point on, Kotányi became an indispensable part of courtly cuisine.
An international hit
The rapid economic growth of the roaring twenties also boosted business for Janos Kotányi. As well as his paprika mill in Szeged, he also built a spice mill, allowing him to expand his range of seasonings and bring distant culinary worlds into domestic cuisine. He exported to the metropolises of Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Boston and New York.
Quality work stays in the family
Hans Kotányi was 37 when his father Janos handed over the company reins, ensuring that Kotányi was, and remains, a family business. Three decades later, siblings Hedwig and Friedrich became the next descendants of the family to lead Kotányi. Their leadership saw investment in more Kotányi branches and further expansion of the herb and spice business.
Photograph: Daniel Gerersdorfer for Ghostletters Vienna, Kotányi subject from 1963
A new generation for the 100th anniversary
Compared to the proud 100 years of Kotányi history, Erwin Kotányi was very young when he took over the company at just 24 years old. Upon taking over, he began to shift the company's focus to Central and Eastern Europe. The international outlook that began with his great-great-grandfather Janos took on a new dimension.
Aromatic flavor knows no bounds
From the late 80s to the early 90s, Kotányi invested in Central and Eastern Europe, starting with supplying Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia and Lithuania. Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine soon followed and the company also began to move into the markets of Germany, Italy and Russia.
Shaping the future at a new site
Kotányi continued to lay the foundation for future success with a move to a new company head office in 1989. The cutting-edge development and production site was located in Wolkersdorf, near Vienna.
Kotányi company site in Wolkersdorf, near Vienna
A true innovation enters the market
The spice mill from Kotányi. The unique mill and ergonomic design make it easy to keep up with the latest trends in seasoning, cooking and dining. And it's still used today in many countries around the world.
Kotányi seasonings are taking China
Kotányi continued its success story, this time heading east as international operations expanded to include China.
Modern logistics safeguard supply
Kotányi opened its new logistics center in Wolkersdorf, handling supplies to all customers in Austria, Germany and Italy.
Kotányi ends 2018 as market leader in the world's largest country
The scale of the success is in proportion to the size of the country. Since 2018, Kotányi has been one of the leading companies in the Russian market.
Kotányi is the face of flavor
Kotányi has launched a new communication campaign to highlight the sensory qualities of herbs and spices. The slogan "Spice up my life" emphasizes the links between individuality, variety and indulgence as the traditional, natural delights of Kotányi products reach more and more places around the world.
We are celebrating 140 years of inspiration
In 1881, János Kotányi opened his first paprika and spice store. Ever since then, we have remained true to our goal: Kotányi inspires the joy of cooking. Through new products, exciting recipes and our commitment to environmental sustainability, we make the world a little more enjoyable.