Our Company

Our Company

Our company was formed in 1957 by Wolfgang Henning, a qualified and experienced food technologist. He began experimenting with different methods of smoking meat and fish in 1946 with the aim of shortening the time required for smoking food and at the same time reducing the carcinogens which form during food smoking and are a potential health hazard.

He succeeded in producing smoke flavourings based on salt and sugar, themselves traditional food flavourings which have been used in cooking and food production for centuries. The salt and sugar function as carrier substances which impart a smoky flavour and aroma into the product without it ever having come into contact with real smoke. The addition of HENNING's smoked salt or sugar has advantages for both food manufacturers and consumers. For the manufacturers it means a much faster manufacturing process and therefore product turnover, as well as a significant reduction in weight loss due to drying out, a normally unavoidable process during conventional food smoking. For the consumers it means they can enjoy smoked foods which are much less of a health hazard than conventionally smoked products.

Wolfgang Henning in 1946


HENNING now offers a wide selection of smoke flavourings to produce both savoury (salt) and sweet (sugar) flavours. They are also available in combination with other spices, bread crumb and flour coatings to cover the very varied requirements of our customers. Our flavourings play an important role in the modern food industry as additives to meat, seafood, bakery products, soups and sauces. A more recent development is their use as flavour additives to vegetarian meat substitute products. Our products consist solely of smoked salt or sugar and do not contain any chemical, enhancing or auxiliary substances. They are subjected to stringent quality control in our laboratory, and the range is constantly under review to keep up with the changes in demand. We also produce flavourings in co-operation with and exclusively for customers who require a special flavour and/or preserving agent for a particular purpose.

HENNING's smoked flavourings can also be used as an ingredient to complement other flavourings, spice blends, condiments, seasonings and food additives. 

We export our products throughout the European Union and world-wide.


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