Karl Schmidt

Karl Schmidt operates bakeries in the fourth generation, with branches in the German region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe. The company has a central production and distributes its products through its own branches.

Business Model

With around 600 employees and 70 branches, Karl Schmidt has established itself as a regional market leader through artisan baking combined with modern processes, and has continuously developed through innovative products and sales concepts.

Investment rationale of Odewald KMU

Karl Schmidt has achieved a sustainably strong market position through high-quality bread and bakery products combined with high raw material standards, innovative production processes, an efficient value chain, and an attractive branch network. Based on these success factors, Odewald KMU intends to further expand its strong market position, in particular, by opening new branches in the coming years as part of a succession plan. In addition, as a high-quality bakery, the company can play an active role in the ongoing consolidation of the bakery market in the region.

“With its partnership-based approach, Odewald KMU also particularly focuses on the people and their development opportunities in the portfolio company. For us, Odewald KMU is a committed and expert partner who supports us in implementing the envisaged growth strategy with its network and many years of experience.”

Martin Manski

Managing Director

Karl Schmidt

“Bread and high-quality baked goods will always be in demand. The traditional bakery Karl Schmidt still produces them with the care typical of the craft, but distributes the goods innovatively and economically through a growing network of stores. Together with the management, we want to continue this growth consistently.”

Joachim von Ribbentrop


Odewald KMU

News about the investment

Odewald KMU II invests in Karl Schmidt GmbH 17.01.2017 | News See news
Bäckerei Schmidt acquires bakery & confectioner Spilker 12.12.2019 | News See news