A reliable service provider, strong partner and expert advisor – that’s GREIWING. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Hamburg site: Here, we expanded our service portfolio for the food industry in 2021 to include services for handling spices and herbs. Since the acquisition of Werner Bruhns Lagereigesellschaft, we have been offering our customers from the spices and herbs industry a variety of special services for all kinds of herbs and spices. From import and export to finishing processes – at the Port of Hamburg you can benefit from our logistics, warehousing and handling expertise, which former Bruhns customers have relied on for more than 70 years.



sterilisation, CLEANING AND MORE!

Our contract services:

We offer our partners and customers from the herbs and spices industry a wide range of contract services for the processing of herbs and spices at our location in Hamburg. Since there are no uniform hygiene standards in the international industrial market that apply to raw material producers in all the different countries of origin, as a European service provider for the herbs and spices industry we take on great responsibility for the safety of the products to be processed. That’s why we are particularly thorough and conscientious when it comes to our services for herbs and spices. These include:

Sterilisation of spices via the autoclave process

In a gas-tight, sealable pressure vessel called an autoclave, we treat spices with high pressure and high temperatures. This process kills microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and moulds, resulting in spices that have a longer shelf life and are microbiologically safe and free from germs.

Industrial cleaning of spices in the flow process

Using a reliable flow process, we remove dust, metal, abrasion and foreign material from pepper, allspice, cardamom and coriander. On request, we can also sort the spices according to size so that they can be processed in the optimal way.

Moisture analyses

Because the moisture content is crucial for the shelf life and quality of spices, we check it using precise measuring methods. Thanks to these moisture analyses, we can prepare the spices for proper storage and processing and make sure they meet the required quality standards.

Transferring from and into different containers

We transfer the spices into different types of containers and packaging to meet requirements in terms of shelf life, intended use and individual customer requests. Whether the product is packaged in glass, bags, tins or sacks, we make sure that the spice filling process runs smoothly.


Efficient storage

With a wide range of storage areas and cold stores with space for more than 40,000 pallets, our Hamburg site offers the best conditions for storing herbs and spices. Our capacities make us one of the largest warehouses in Germany for certified organic herbs and spices, and in Europe for liquorice storage.

Additional services

  • Container fumigation
  • In-house fumigation
  • CO2 pressure disinfestation
  • Temperature-controlled pallet spaces (6-20 °C)
  • Crushing and grinding
  • Application for phytosanitary certifica

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As your logistics partner based at the Port of Hamburg, we import thousands of tonnes of raw materials from all over the world every year. Our services in import processing for herbs and spices include:

  • Container trucking
  • Import and export processing
  • Creation of GGED
  • Processing with the Veterinary Office
  • Approved warehouse for veterinary inspections of plant products
  • Customs clearance
    • Own customs storage
    • Fiscal representation
    • Change of custodian
    • Storage warehouse


Controlled, tested and certified

Professional quality assurance is a top priority at GREIWING – and that also applies to our logistics site in Hamburg. Regular checks and our membership of the spice trade association (Fachverband der Gewürze e. V.)  enable us to guarantee high quality standards that are met by both our products and our activities and services. Our Hamburg site has already been certified for the production of our organic products as well as for the storage, handling and processing of herbs and spices.



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From A for Anise to Z for Za'atar: Our portfolio includes over 100 spices and herbs.


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