About us

The first generation

The history of our family company begins in 1834 in Rügenwalde, a town in Pomerania, which even then was famous for its sausage specialities.

Carl Müller opened a small butcher’s shop and thus laid the foundation stone for today’s company Rügenwalder Mühle.

The second generation

Johann August Wilhelm Müller followed in his father’s footsteps and took over his parents’ butcher’s shop in Rügenwalde.

From father to son – that was the start of the tradition, which has continued at Rügenwalder Mühle to this day. The company is now in its sixth generation.

The third generation

In 1903, Carl Wilhelm Gottfried Müller produced our “Rügenwalder Teewurst” tea sausage. It was given this name because people in Rügenwalde preferred to eat it at afternoon tea, which was usual at that time.

Carl Müller’s wife Alwine had the idea of distinguishing these sausages by marking them with a red windmill. What was special about this windmill was its sausage-shaped vanes.

The fourth generation

In 1945, our family lost its Pomeranian home and fled to Lower Saxony’s rural district of Ammerland in dramatic circumstances.

Carl Wilhelm Müller, his wife Charlotte and their daughter Ruth made a fresh start here with nothing at their disposal but the good old family recipes from Rügenwalde.

The fifth generation

In 1952, Ruth Müller married Kurt Rauffus. He became the first head of the company that was not a butcher, but was instead a trained watchmaker.

Under his management, Rügenwalder Mühle developed into an ambitious medium-sized company and into one of the largest employers in the region.

The sixth generation

In the mid 1990s, Christian Rauffus took over the management of the company from his father Kurt, who died in 2007, and from his mother Ruth, who died in 2015.

Today, Rügenwalder Mühle is one of the best-known food brands in Germany and has also included vegetarian sausage and meat alternatives in its range since 2014.