SINCE THE MID-1930’S, PUMPKIN SEED OIL
HAS BEEN PRESSED AT THE PELZMANN OIL MILL
IN THE SOUTHERN STYRIAN VILLAGE OF WAGNA.
THE FAMILY BUSINESS DATES BACK
TO FRANZ PELZMANN I.
In the late 1960’s Franz Pelzmann III., his grandson, started to distribute pelzmann oils austria-wide. Today, the family’s business is managed by his two sons, Klaus and Gregor Pelzmann. Their aim is to further develop Pelzmann’s based on novel ideas and to lead the family business to new successes. What had originated as a small family business has now become a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, a global leader on the pumpkin seed oil market.
TRAIL OF OIL
IN 1935 IN THE VILLAGE OF WAGNA,
MILL OWNER FRANZ PELZMANN I. PURCHASED
AN OIL PRESS TO PROCESS THE OIL SEEDS HARVESTED
BY THE FARMERS OF THE SURROUNDING
VILLAGES AGAINST PAY. THE FARMERS WERE USUALLY
PRESENT, HELPED IN THE FACTORY
AND TOOK THE PRODUCED OIL BACK HOME,
ASSURED OF SUFFICIENT STOCKS OF
OIL TILL THE FOLLOWING HARVEST.
During the War, the oil mill was called upon to contribute to people’s oil supplies by processing all seeds suitable for oil extraction – including rapeseed or beech fruit seeds, for example, apart from the pumpkin seeds. Pelzmann’s actual rise started in the post-war era. After 1950, Pelzmann started to supply pumpkin seed oil to groceries in bulk. Soon after, a self-employed trade representative was hired to visit groceries in Graz and local food wholesalers.
In 1962, Franz Pelzmann III. took over and modernised the small, yet superb family business. In those days, almost all sales of pumpkin seed oil continued to be generated in Styria, while the other Austrian provinces continued to consider pumpkin seed oil a rather exotic product, only used by the “wild Styrians”.
1972 saw the birth of the “7 Sonnen” brand, a name selling seven different varieties of oil across the whole of Austria with the assistance of a sales organisation. This range of oils is still available at Pelzmann’s in the form of Pelzmann special oils.
THE PELZMANN FAMILY IS COMPLETELY
COMMITTED TO THE UNIQUE “PUMPKIN SEED
OIL FLAVOUR”. THEREFORE THEY NEVER
MISS OUT ON THEIR HEALTHY OIL FOR LUNCH.
ON TRAVELS ABROAD, THEY EVEN CARRY
SOME PUMPKIN SEED OIL IN THE SUITCASE.
Even in countries
other than Austria,
demand for pumpkin seed oil
from Pelzmann is
steadily on the rise.
Exports have again been stepped up continuously in the past years. For this reason, Klaus and Gregor Pelzmann want to focus not only on Austria but on international sales as well, familiarising consumers with the unique taste experience of pumpkin seed oil. Pelzmann’s mission is to further raise customers’ awareness for the diversity of pumpkin seed oil. Pumpkin seed oil – up to now mainly used in salads - is to be defined as a precious culinary gem, capable of spicing up dishes in multiple ways.