H. van Wijnen - Since 1864

History

The history of our logos

Around the year 1700 when the Dutch rivers were teaming with salmon the family Van Wijnen started their humble activity with 3 small fishing boats. Fishing, trading and occasionally smoking the caught salmon initiating what would later become one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious smokehouses.

Apparently they did their work more than well as in 1740 they were awarded the sole fishing rights for the rivers Lek & IJssel, these fishing rights awarded by the Duke van Nassau Le Lec.

A little over hundred and fifty years later in 1864 the young Hendrik van Wijnen came along and ambitiously planned to open a smokehouse, renting out the fishing rights to 3rd parties and taking a complete plunge in the dark for those times. This smokehouse became the pride of Kralingseveer and the basis for the modern day Smokehouse H. van Wijnen.

Since Hendrik’s day almost 150 years ago, we have now reached the 5th generation descendent, who is currently leading the ultramodern, internationally operating company H. van Wijnen has become.

One thing has never changed through all these years from Hendrik’s time to ours: H. van Wijnen’s Taste & Tradition. We are proud to be a small part in such an illustrious history and are quite sure that the modern day facility and H. van Wijnen products sold in 4 continents far surpass any dream Hendrik once had.